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A friend of mine asked me to outfit their entire kitchen for them so I'm looking for a good cookware store where I can just run through and pick up everything they need for reasonable prices. They live in Sunnyvale so the closer to that, the better. But anything from between Palo Alto to San Jose would be OK.
Marshall's and TJ Maxx carry a wide range of cookware and utensils you might want to start there. Smart & Final is another good place to get items. I have found great deals on stock pots in various sizes at FoodMax. Also, Macy's Cellar items are a great buy when they are on sale. Please write back with your finds!