In 1973, Elie Antar and his brothers Morris and Isaac, opened the first Valu-Plus (originally Value Stores) location in Philadelphia. It was one of the first discount variety stores in downtown Philadelphia. The store had lines down and around the block for their opening week of business until the shelves were clear. The Antar brothers knew they had the right formula. In 1987, Valu-Plus began importing products from abroad. Over the next three decades, Valu-Plus grew into a regional chain, from stores all over Philadelphia, to New Jersey and Maryland. It served the urban community with affordable, quality products until 2011 when it was sold.
The Warehouse on 1501 Unity Street served as the main distribution center for the retail chain and its B2B wholesale division, where we processed over 2,500 tractor-trailer loads per year. In 2015, the warehouse was reactivated as a wholesale distribution and importing center.
Shipmate Fulfillment is the next generation of the Antar family tradition with our core focus on what we do best: fulfillment & distribution. We have the experience and capability to handle your products in an efficient & cost effective way. Our warehouse team is trained in dealing with any type of product. Some of our team members have been with us for 30 years. We offer full service LTL/FTL Distribution, Parcel Fulfillment, Kitting & Bundling with the latest production equipment, Smart Shipping Technology for the best available service, Integrations to Shopping Carts and Channels, and Customer Service. Shipmate is here to make your life easier. Let's partner and see what's possible!