Grocery Outlet Celebrates the Opening of Its 300th Store

Posted Jun 14th, 2018

We celebrate the opening of the 300th Grocery Outlet store and the community that it supports

The number “300” was quite a big deal for the community in Inglewood, CA on May 17, 2018, when Grocery Outlet opened its 300th store there.

The first 300 customers received Grocery Outlet gift cards, and every customer who visited the store had the opportunity to win $3,000 worth of “Bargain Bucks” frozen inside a life-size “300”-shaped ice sculpture display.

Besides a full day of excitement, exclusive discounts, and prizes, the new Grocery Outlet is also bringing job opportunities to the community, offering shoppers savings on brand names they trust, giving the neighborhood an economic boost, and promoting healthy eating for kids.

The first two days of business was brisk with customers while the store buzzed with the many events and giveaways it was hosting to celebrate the grand opening.

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“We’ll be able to get major discounts on merchandise and help families save on grocery bills while offering a lifetime opportunity for the employees who will remain gainfully employed so they can recycle the dollars back into our community,” commented City Councilman Ralph Franklin.

Just like other Grocery Outlets, the Inglewood store is run by Independent Operators who not only want to apply their extensive experience in retail management to advance their careers but also give back to the community in a meaningful way.

The Inglewood Grocery Outlet: Part of the community from Day 1

Grocery Outlet’s Inglewood Operators, Patricia White and Neason Gill, are excited to be giving back to the community in which they live and love.

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Like many Grocery Outlet’s Independent Operators, Patricia and Neason have years of experience in grocery retail management.

However, they wanted to have more control of how they ran their stores — from merchandise selection to product display — and apply their skills and knowledge to generate more profits for themselves.

They also wanted to be more involved with their customers and create more value in the community.

Grocery Outlet offers the perfect opportunity because Independent Operators are encouraged to not only take control of how they run their stores but also get involved with their communities.

“Words cannot express how I feel,” Patricia said. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m happy. I’m excited.”

Patricia and Neason hired 36 local Inglewood residents, creating job opportunities that allowed the employees to recycle the dollars back into the community.

“It’s good to be able to serve the community that you live in,” said Patricia.

Besides creating employment opportunities, the store is also supporting the neighborhood through promoting healthy eating for kids.

“I’m very excited,” Neason said. “We’re here for the community, and we want the community to know that we’re here for them.”

Meanwhile, Inglewood residents appreciate finally having a grocery store in the community that offers fresh produce and brand name items at incredible prices.

Also, many people consider the store’s presence as a stabilizer for the neighborhood, bringing long-term social and economic benefits to the area.

Lompoc Store celebrates Grocery Outlet’s 300th store with its community

Even though Grocery Outlet stores are run by individual Independent Operators, these store owners form a tight-knit community in which they support and cheer each other on.

To celebrate the opening of the 300th Grocery Outlet store, the Lompoc, CA Grocery Outlet donated 300 pounds of food to Alma Cena Sana, a healthy food access center that works with the local community.

The food was picked up by the County of Santa Barbara and sent across all its channels to support a local food education program that allows Lompoc residents to enjoy nutritious food, receive health education, and participate in group fitness.

The program is tied in with the Santa Barbara food bank, offering cooking demo and teaching participants about healthy ingredients.

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It’s quite common for Grocery Outlet’s Independent Operators to get involved with their local communities and support initiatives that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Many, such as the Wheelers in Citrus Heights, CA, also get the entire family to participate in their outreach efforts.

Community involvement is great for business as well.

Community involvement enables our Independent Operators to build trust and relationships with the customers while keeping Grocery Outlet a go-to retailer for fresh produce and brand name household products. It also gives store owners the opportunity to listen to what people want so they can stock the right items to attract more shoppers.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for experienced Grocery Retail Managers

Here at the Grocery Outlet, we understand how important it is to honor your value and serve the community while building a lucrative and sustainable business.

We trust that our Independent Operators know what’s best for their businesses and their customers. That’s why they have the flexibility to select the merchandise for their stores and decide how to display the items in a way that’s appealing to their shoppers.

We also understand how important it is to get the right support to succeed in business. Our network of store owners are always ready to lend a hand to new Independent Operators and cheer each other on — just like the Lompoc Grocery Outlet giving a shout out to the Inglewood store.

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, leverage your experience in grocery retail management, involve your family in growing a profitable business, and give back to your community — we’d love to have you join our family!

Learn more about this incredible opportunity and see how you can become part of our team.