After laying vacant for nearly three years, Grocery Outlet will open at 6333 Geary at 28th Avenue this Thursday.
This is the first San Francisco location for the Grocery Outlet chain in 12 years, which first began in the city in 1946. The chain has more than 200 locations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Pennsylvania
Grocery Outlet refers to itself as an “extreme-value” grocer, offering prices that are typically 40 to 70 percent lower than its competitors.
“Grocery Outlet buys discounted close-outs of excess inventory from national brand-name manufacturers and private-labels, including fresh produce, organic goods, dry groceries, beauty items and beer and wine, passing the savings directly onto their customers,” the company said in a press release.
The new store clocks in at 9,000 square feet, has 40 employees, plus an expanded Natural, Organic, Specialty and Healthy (NOSH) section.
The proprietors of the new Richmond District location are Travis and Rose Dawson, who recently moved into the neighborhood with their young son who attends school near the store. The couple also owns and operates the East San Jose Grocery Outlet location.
“I also grew up just a few miles from our new store, so there is something truly special about now raising my family here and being a local community resource for the tight-knit, multi-cultural Richmond District residents,” Travis said.
There’s even more local flavor on the 28th Avenue side of the store, where a new mural was painted by local artist Bryana Fleming that features neighborhood landmarks like Green Apple Books, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Alexandria Theater.
The store “soft opens” this Thursday at 8am. Saturday will be the official grand opening celebration which will include free coffee and treats for shoppers, activities for kids, and a chance to enter to win a bevy of prizes including an iPad, a 42-inch television, and free groceries for a year. The celebration runs from 8am until 3pm (prize drawing at 12noon).
There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at 9am where a $1,000 donation will be made to the Richmond District Neigborhood Center.
Grocery Outlet will be open daily from 8am to 9pm beginning this Thursday.
The mural on the 28th Avenue side by Bryana Fleming
Crews worked on new landscaping last Thursday in the parking lot
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