I am pleased to work with Grocery Outlet get the word out about their “extreme value” food store Grocery Outlet that just opened in the East Village. Steve and Kim Smith, the store’s independent owner-operators are thrilled to open up another Grocery Outlet that offers brand name products at 40% to 60% below traditional retailers. The store occupies 18,900 square feet of space on Market Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
The store offers an array of grocery selections, from frozen, deli & refrigerated, produce, and fresh meat (selected stores) to general merchandise such as seasonal products, housewares, toys, gifts, health & beauty, and a good inventory of beer & wine. The chain reports sales of organic, specialty and eco-friendly items have increased 29 percent over last year.
I recenty sampled about a dozen of such products (mailed to me) that are priced about 1/2 the cost of traditional grocery stores. Some of my favorite items that I find of great value: Burt’s Bees Lip Blm Packets, Canus Goat’s Milk Soap With Lavender Oil, Cliff Mini Bars and Cloud Star Eco Dog Treats.
Over the years I have most been impressed their kids’ toys, household plants, candy and wine selection. I have found surpises every time I go.
As a matter of fact, I was once so inspired but the fun and affordable novelty items I found at the Grocery Outlet, (such as mugs, gourmet snacks and kitchen sets) that I purchased (photo below), several items to share in a Ch 6 TV segment in which I shared customized and affordable gifts under $20. The trick for giving very budget-friendly and creative gift baskets is to have in mind themes that are customized for your giftees and grab hot deals that would go well in the basket and add to the asthetic presentation, too! Some ideas are decorative office supplies, an entertainment-themed basket, pet-owner theme, and eco-friendly theme.
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I tend to be a magnet for affordable value, so I will share some notable tips when shopping grocery outlets: Shop with a budget in mind; keep an eye on dates or you might be sorry; stick with non-perishables unless there is some way you can sample them (better to buy and buy/sample one and even toss it in the trash, than buy 20 and have regrets); know your prices (use your smart phones for this, if needed!); and lastly, ask what the stocking days are and you will find the best stuff.
Finally, watch this great segment tat features San Diego Union Tribune’s retail and small business journalist Tanya Mannes in her segment, “Grocery Outlet opens new San Diego store – Nation’s largest ‘extreme value’ retailer builds brand awareness in SoCal.”
Category: Gift Ideas