Discover the Benefits of Running a Grocery Outlet Location

Posted Jan 16th, 2018

If you have experience working as a grocery store manager but are looking for an opportunity that offers more freedom than you once thought possible, you have come to the right place. At Grocery Outlet, we respect and appreciate the talent and experience that each manager brings to the table, and that is why we encourage our independent operators to run their stores the way they think is best.

Empowering our operators to be creative and to use their best judgment enhances the success of our more than 280 locations. In today’s post, we will show you the top reasons you should consider turning to Grocery Outlet to advance your retail management career. You’ll also learn more about what it takes to join our family of over 280 independent operators.

You Are in Control of Your Income

Those who work for standard grocery chains know that their income potential is limited by the amount corporate thinks they should earn. After reaching a certain point in their retail jobs, these skilled managers become discouraged when they learn that their paycheck will never increase no matter how hard they work.

As a Grocery Outlet independent operator, you will take control of your income. Rather than only earning a fixed income and maybe a small yearly bonus, you’ll share in the profitability of your store. With no limit to how much you can make, you’re encouraged to innovate and put in your best effort, and doing so will allow you to enjoy impressive profits, creating a win-win situation.

Opportunistic Buying Enhances Your Odds of Success

Prospective operators often come to us and ask how likely they are to succeed if they are selected to run a Grocery Outlet location. To answer that question, you first need to understand our business model. Our model focuses on opportunistic buying that benefits us, our operators and our customers. Since we have taken the time to cultivate relationships with many manufacturers and retailers, they come to us when they have excess inventory that they no longer need.

With Grocery Outlet, these manufacturers and retailers can still earn money by selling the products to us for much cheaper than the suggested retail price. Other stores also turn to us when they want to test a new product before adding it to their chains. When we buy products at a fraction of the cost, we can pass the savings to our customers.

Your shoppers will be able to buy food and the items they need for a lot less than what they would pay at other retail locations. Because they will have access to brand-name products at an unbeatable price, your shoppers will keep coming back for more. And that’s what it all comes down to: Meet the needs of your customers every day, and the profitability of your store will follow.

What to Expect Each Day

If you are curious about the advantages you can enjoy when you join our family, you are also probably wondering how a typical day will look. Although you can choose how to spend your day, many operators have the same routine. Before the store opens its doors to the public at the start of the day, you will likely do a quick walk-through to ensure that your produce section and the other parts of your store look great. You will then speak with your staff and review your inventory to see what items you need to order. It then comes down to customer service.

Walking around the store and keeping yourself visible to customers and employees will help you meet their needs. While some businesses invest millions of dollars into market research, you can learn a lot by speaking with your customers and asking about their needs. This step might seem small on the surface, but it will work wonders to help you achieve and maintain lasting success for years to come.

The Traits for Which We Look in Aspiring Operators

When it comes to choosing people to represent our brand, we have a set of traits that we require all independent operators to have. We want people who have five years of experience managing grocery stores, but we also look for those who have strong leadership and marketing skills. If you would like to become a proud member of our family, you will need a strong work ethic and a passion for the industry.

Taking Action

If you are a grocery store manager and are ready to get into the driver seat of your career so that you can enjoy benefits most retail jobs don’t offer, we invite you to reach out to us to get all of your questions answered. We want to turn your passion for the grocery and retail industry into a platform for financial freedom, autonomy and serving your community.

We owe a lot of our success to our selective recruiting process, and not everyone who applies will get the chance to operate a Grocery Outlet location. But if you have at least five years of grocery or big-box store management experience, we invite you to learn more. Rather than putting it off, enter your information here, and one of our recruiters will get you started on our confidential interview process.

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