A food-and-kitchen emporium with everything for the home cook to the professional chef is opening in Lewis Center.

A food-and-kitchen emporium with everything for the home cook to the professional chef is opening in Lewis Center.

GFS Marketplace has planned a July opening for its fourth central Ohio store, now under construction on the on the east side of U.S. Route 23 south of Orange Road.

Suzette Murchison, marketing coordinator for the company, said officials are upbeat about greater Columbus.

"It's been a market that's been always positive for GFS Marketplace and I think in that area we're moving to, we need coverage there, too," she said.

GFS, a division of Gordon Food Service based in Grand Rapids, Mich., is known for its food, table-top items, light equipment and chef uniforms, she said.

"You could find anything from nuts and mints to hot dog warmers," Murchison said. "We just cover the whole gamut. On top of that we have another 15,000 items that aren't carried in the store that can be ordered through warehouses."

The 14,000-square-foot store is part of a 52-acre development tentatively named Orange Village Center. GFS is a quality anchor store and should be a strong draw for other retailers, said Rick Smith, a broker for Smith Commercial Group, a division of locally based Crawford Hoying. In addition to GFS, Healthy Pets of Lewis Center recently opened in the development.

"Anything that will happen up there will facilitate more growth," he said.

He said he sees the development poised to attract businesses, office professionals and a residential component in short order.

"I just think it's getting close to that time," Smith said. "I think GFS is just the tip of the iceberg."