In 2005, TJ’s Warehouse built a commercial kitchen to start selling bentos (box lunches). No one knew at that time what a hit that would be. They started with making only a dozen or so a day, which was purchased mostly by their employees. However, word soon spread and more people started coming in specifically for the food. TJ’s now produces hundreds of bentos a day and operates an okazuya line with plate lunches and hot prepared foods. Aside from bentos and an okazuya line, TJ’s has also incorporated a seafood department with an assortment of prepared poke and fish within their retail store. TJ’s has expanded its food service to offer catering platters and pans and custom made bentos for every occasion.