Grocery Outlet opening new Sunnyside store

Grocer known for low prices

— Known for its low prices for common grocery items, Grocery Outlet will open a new store in the shopping center that is host to Taco Bell and Dutch Bros Coffee.

A crew put up a Grocery Outlet sign yesterday, June 12, announcing the store.

Grocery Outlet spokeswoman Kelly O’Rourke said construction will start soon.

“Delivering thrilling deals has become our mission,” O’Rouke said. “It’s led us to become the nation’s largest extreme value grocery retailer.”

The new “bargain market” will join major grocers Safeway, Fiesta Foods and Walmart in Sunnyside.

Brand-name groceries and farm-fresh produce discounted 40 percent to 70 percent from conventional retail prices are common at Grocery Outlet, she said, noting these are high-quality, wholesome foods.

O’Rourke said Grocery Outlet buyers travel the world to find the best food deals available.

The company has developed long-term relationships with thousands of producers and manufacturers over the years.

Grocery Outlet buyers are experts at buying product opportunistically; that is, product outside the normal retail channel, such as packaging changes, product overruns and surplus inventories, to bring the best bargains back to consumers, O’Rourke said.

The third generation of the Read family is running the business now, with more than 280 independently operated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The nearest stores are in Yakima and the Tri-Cities.

The California-based company has been around since 1946. Founder Jim Read started by selling military surplus for big dis counts, and Grocery Outlet has been doing the same ever since.


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