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Gil's Wholesale building at 322 W Oak lane Glenolden
Wholesale Candy by the box.
warehouse with forklift
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The History of Gil's Wholesale

     Gil's Wholesale Distributors, Inc. is a 2nd generation family business that was established in 1978 as a wholesale cigar, tobacco and candy distributor serving South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally started out of a garage, the operation moved into a 2000 sq.ft. storefront. As Gil's Wholesale continued to evolve into a major distributor to the burgeoning Ice Cream, Italian Ice, Gelato and Frozen Dessert trade, an increasing demand for their products and services yet again necessitated further expansion. In 1996 the company moved into the landmark Roman Lumber building at 11th & McKean, and preserved much of the original buildings 100-year-old history & character. Before Roman Lumber, this site was previously used as an ice house with a stable for the horses and wagons, to provide refrigeration through hot Philadelphia summers. In 2016, Gil's Wholesale relocated once again to a larger, more modern facility in Glenolden, Pennsylvania, 10 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport, to continue to provide the same outstanding service and attention to our cigar, tobacco, ice cream & Italian Ice customers.

     The business has continued to expand in product category offerings, efficiency and in its desire to provide exceptional personalized service and unrivaled product expertise. We are a large Direct Buying Distributor for cigars and tobacco products and a major Pennsylvania based wholesale distributor for the Ice Cream, Italian Ice, Gelato, and Snow Cone business. Our customer base ranges from Cigar Shops, "Mom & Pop" variety stores, convenience stores, distributors, restaurants, bars, schools, universities, entertainment venues, chain accounts, and franchises.


     We offer convenient Pick Up services in our customer friendly showroom, and delivery to our service areas in PA, NJ, and DE. We ship throughout the U.S. and abroad via common carrier, UPS, & FEDEX. Call for rates, minimums & exclusions. *Please note: Ice Cream Mix is a refrigerated product. Delivery Exclusions apply.  We handle over 8000 SKU's in 150 categories. Some of these categories include: Premium cigars, Domestic cigars, cigarettes, tobacco and tobacco related products, candy, snacks, paper products, automotive products, concession supplies, convenience store items and Ice Cream, Gelato, Italian Ice, and Frozen Dessert supplies. 

     Through ever-expanding product lines, efficiency of operations, and dedication to customer service, Gil's Wholesale is one of the best equipped distributors of its kind to meet the needs of YOUR business!

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