History of Innovative Foodservice Companies

The Innovative Foodservice Companies, was established to bring together several  long standing companies in Central, Southwest and North Florida, that were under the same ownership.

Louis Wohl & Sons, Inc. an Innovative Foodservice company, has been a fixture in the Tampa Bay area since 1897.  Founded by Louis Wohl and his sons Charles, Isador and Joseph, Louis Wohl & Sons has grown from a small store in Ybor City where they sold washboards, cans and glass containers, to a 75,000 square foot warehouse and showroom that stocks over 6,000 items.

EH Thompson Company, an Innovative Foodservice company, was established in 1912 in Jacksonville.  Once located in the old Cadillac building on Main Street, we are now located on Lenox Avenue, right off of the expressway.  E.H. Thompson still serves North Florida and Georgia, which they have been doing since their inception.

In 1990 our first “Cash and Carry” location in Fort Myers, Florida was opened. Chef’s Warehouse was located on Cleveland Avenue for 16 years, and only recently moved to our new location on College Parkway.  Chef’s Warehouse is THE best place for both the professional and home chef to get the professional products that they are looking for.

We pride ourselves on serving our customers, and we are now doing that statewide!  Over the past 16 years, Chef’s Warehouse has expanded and you can now shop at a Chef’s Warehouse in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa.

As a company we are committed to providing superior value in our products and services on a continuing basis.  Our goal is to provide the staff and support services to help develop your ideas and concepts.

Together, the Innovative Foodservice companies are in a very unique position within the foodservice industry in that we provide both design, design/build, equipment and smallwares procurement services that are equally well respected.

We are a company that has been built on relationships for over 110 years, a tradition that will continue.

Company picture from 1937 in front of the building in Ybor City.

Right image: The picture on the right is Louis Wohl’s son, Charles, in the showroom in the 1930’s.

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