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Where taco trucks go to sleep
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Catering Support Services helps Turlock's mobile food vendors stay in business. - photo by Photo Contributed

Name of business: Catering Support Services

Type of business: Food truck support facility

Location: 145 S Kilroy Rd., Turlock

Hours of operation: 6 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Contact info: 634-2000

History of business: It’s safe to say that Turlock has quite the reputation for its delectable food trucks. However, before last year, Turlock food truck owners were in a pickle; they didn't have a place to park overnight. To remedy the situation, the City of Turlock paired up with community members  Ignacio “Nacho” Rico and Naresh Sawhney to open up Turlock's first mobile food commissary — giving local vendors a place to clean, prepare and park their mobile food business.

Since its opening in April, CSS has served 15 of the 28 food trucks at its $1.3 million, 15,000 square foot facility complete with storage units, grocery, kitchen, and waste management facilities.

“Business has been really good,” said Rico. “We’ve a lot of trucks coming in and using our facilities.”

CSS provides support for all types of food trucks, from the Cupcake Lady to many family run taco trucks.

“We’ve tried to be very accommodating,” said Rico. “We want to present people with an option that makes the most economic sense.”

Rico stated that the commissary provides a convenient, clean and centralized location for the community's mobile food members.

“I expect to see a parking lot full of taco trucks,” said Rico about the business' future.

 Business specialty: CSS specializes in support for mobile food vendors. The state-of-the-art facility has a completely equipped kitchen/bakery, dishwasher room, dry and cold storage areas,  propane areas, a complete retail store, a meat processing plant, waste management solutions and 200 parking places.

“We are willing to invest to help these small businesses,” Sawhney said.