Who We Are

With a design department to aid in the flow, throughput of a culinary operation and a territory salesforce to ensure that our customers have what they need daily to serve their patrons. We engage in both the front and the back of the house. We partner with top-tier brands to allow our customers to focus less on logistics of running a kitchen and more on what matters most: their customers.

What We Do

We are a team of more than 450 people across the company in many different roles and capacities. Ordering one case of glassware requires purchasing, receiving, picking, driving, and salespeople both inside and on the street to make it happen seamlessly. It takes a village to do what we do, and we strive to employ people who take immense pride and joy in serving those who serve others.

Why We Do It

Bargreen Ellingson exists to serve those who serve others, specifically in the hospitality industry. We engage with restaurants, both independent and chain, hotels, hospitals, caterers, and any other outfit looking to make their foodservice operation a touch above the ordinary. Our goal is to provide unsurpassed service to our customers, allowing them to focus on their passion of serving others.

Our History

Bargreen Ellingson was founded in 1960 as a partnership between the Bargreen and the Ellingson families. Byron Ellingson led the company for ten years before hiring his sons Paul and Rick to assist. Now under the leadership of the third generation of the Ellingson family, Bargreen has grown to service 9 states (and one province!) through 22 facilities and more than 450 employees. Bargreen has twice been named foodservice dealer of the year and is consistently ranked in the top 10 dealers by volume in the country.

1898

Bargreen is Born

Samuel Bargreen founded Bargreen Coffee Company in Everett, WA. Sam built a new plant in 1910, where the company still roasts to this day.

1930

Bargreen Grows

The Bargreen's establish foodservice locations in Seattle, Everett, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. In addition, open up a woodshop to support the post-Prohibition era boom in bars in the Northwest.

1948

Byron Ellingson joins the Industry

Byron Ellingson joins Dohrmann Hotel Supply, beginning his career in the foodservice industry.

1959

Byron Ellingson joins Bargreen

A year after the Bargreen’s open a store in Tacoma, which struggled to gain traction in the South Sound marketplace, Byron agrees to join the company.

1960

Bargreen Ellingson is Founded

After a year of successful management, Bargreen Ellingson is founded. Sales that year were $500,000.

1964

World Fair

The Bargreen family partners with B&E to work the New York World’s Fair.

1970

Paul Ellingson joins Bargreen

Paul Ellingson, son of Byron, joins the company and the company moves to its Center Street location, home for the next 9 years. Paul is credited with jumpstarting the growth and drive of the company, employing tactics such as working the cookline or even threatening banks into extending credit to loyal customers, while always fulfilling his commitments. Early wins for Paul include the Ram and Consolidated Restaurants.
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Sales: 1.2 Million | Employees: 8

1975

Specialty Wood Manufacturing

Specialty Wood, the millwork fabrication partner of B&E, installs its first fixture.

1976

Rick Ellingson joins Bargreen

Rick Ellingson, another son of Byron, joins the company. Rick is credited with building the structure to cope with Bargreen’s proceeding growth.
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Sales: 2.2 Million | Employees: 22

1978

Yakima Store Opens

The Yakima store is established.
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Sales: 4.4 Million | Employees: 27

1979

Bargreen Moves

Moved from Center Street to present-day headquarters at 6626 Tacoma Mall Blvd.

1986

Spokane Store Opens

Bargreen Ellingson purchases REFCO in Spokane, WA from the Waddell family, marking the third B&E location.
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Sales: 9.4 Million | Employees: 60

1987

Bargreen Equipment Company

The Ellingson’s purchase Bargreen Equipment Company, which meant the one remaining Bargreen foodservice location in Seattle became Bargreen Ellingson.
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Sales: 12.4 Million | Employees: 93

1991

Dealer of the Year!

B&E is honored with Foodservice Equipment & Supply magazine’s coveted Dealer of the Year award.
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Sales: 21.7 Million | Employees: 145

1992

Portland Store Opens

1992 – The Portland store is opened.
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Sales: 24.6 Million | Employees: 160

1994

Bargreen acquires IFECO in Boise

IFECO in Boise is purchased.
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Sales: 33.8 Million | Employees: 195

2000

Bargreen acquires Oahu Restaurant Supply

Acquired Oahu Restaurant Supply.
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Sales: 54 Million | Employees: 270

2001

Vancouver Store Opened

Started Vancouver BC operation and moved into our present day Fife, WA distribution center.
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Sales: 54.8 Million | Employees: 248

2003

Bargreeen acquires Mountain View Restaurant Supply

Acquired Mountain View Restaurant Supply in Billings and Missoula.
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Sales: 64 Million | Employees: 274

2004

Bargreen acquires Columbia Restaurant Supply

Acquired Columbia Restaurant Supply in Pasco, WA.
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Sales: 70.4 Million | Employees: 285

2005

Bargreen Reaches $100M in Sales

Reached the $100 million mark and opened up the Ft Worth office to expand our national presence.
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Sales: 103.6 Million | Employees: 333

2006

Bend Store Opens

Opened store in Bend, OR.
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Sales: 125.4 Million | Employees: 350

2007

Bargreen adds 5 Branches

Opened our Denver, CO and Everett, WA offices and acquired American Restaurant Supply which added branches in Kauai, Kona, and Maui into the fold.
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Sales: 150.3 Million | Employees: 431

2008

Dealer of the Year!

Bargreen Ellingson is awarded its second Dealer of the Year honor from FE&S magazine; the first dealer to be awarded the honor twice.
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Sales: 169.9 Million | Employees: 433

2012

Anchorage Store Opens

Anchorage, AK branch is opened.
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Sales: 158.5 Million | Employees: 416

2014

Bargreen acquires Knapp Restaurant Supply

2014 – Casper, WY-based Knapp Restaurant Supply is acquired, adding the 9th state to B&E’s coverage.
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Sales: 186.5 Million | Employees: 450

Our Culture

We have 9 values that guide our decision making from the boardroom to the warehouse. We call them our On Board values. We strive every day to live by them. They enable simple benchmarks for customer-driven action.

Career Opportunities

Hire Smart

Teamwork

Communication

Pursue Change

Respect

Ownership

Learn, Learn, Learn

Use Good Judgement

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