I live in a pretty small(ish) town. It’s big, we have a mall, but we have a limited choice in grocery stores.
So you have to imagine that the grand opening of a discount grocery store that carries things I want to buy? That’s a pretty big deal. So I was REALLY thrilled when they contacted me to come check out the new digs.
Chuck and I headed down on Saturday morning and we were a little unprepared for the awesomeness of this store. I have been to a couple of other locations over the past few years (but not for a year or more) and was a bit underwhelmed by their selection, but man….has that changed.
So we walked in, and the first thing I see is a huge display of organic grape tomatoes.
I was stoked.So many things to gush about in this store.
First, the obvious. Shopping at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market can save you up to 60% on groceries (when compared to conventional retailers). They list the savings right on your receipt and often even shows you the other local retail prices on the tags on the shelves! You don’t have to wait for the sales. They are happening all day, every day.
Second, the stores are locally owned and operated. This particular store is owned by Larry Brown and his wife, who grew up in Ferndale. It created 40 jobs for our local economy.
Third, the friendliness of the employees. Chuck and I were in the store for about an hour, and about every 5 minutes, I either experienced or heard one of their kind employees ask if the shopper was finding everything ok. With the (obvious) exception of the box-guy on the ladder with his arms full of product, the customers were guided to the product by the employee, who walked with them to ensure they found the product.
Fourth, the selecti0n. As I mentioned, I’ve mostly been underwhelmed with previous experiences with Grocery Outlet. Not the case with this excursion. They had brand name cosmetics, they had a great selection of pyrex-style glass storage containers, and a cool little silicone collapsible bento box (which we totally bought).
Fifth, they have this cool signage throughout the store to mark their “NOSH” products. NOSH means:
Natural (minimally processed, no artificial ingredients or preservatives)
Organic (meets the USDA standards)
Specialty (gourmet, artisanal, etc)
Healthy (gluten free, dairy free or diabetic friendly)
This is now a store where I can find some good bargains on things I can actually use, and food I can eat even when paleo or Whole30. I saw (and bought!) a lot of choices that are compliant for either one, and brands I recognize.
I bought a jug of organic coconut oil that is literally the size of my head, people. FOR TEN DOLLARS.
And I’l have to go back and buy another one because I’m pretty sure I’ll blow through this pretty quickly.
So for my $50 (plus a couple of pennies), I got:
- one REALLY BIG rib eye steak
- one Bobble filter bottle for Chuck (kind of like this one.…she likes to stay hydrated)
- one enormo bag of Lay’s potato chips (bribery for Wolfgang)
- three boxes of various flavors of Annie’s bunny crackers
- 2 packages of San Marzano tomatoes, 1 pack of organic grape tomatoes
- 1 pack of Otter-Pop-style popsicles
- 1 pack of gluten free (and GMO free!) pretzels
- 1 big bag of organic frozen veggies
- 1 collectible tin of chocolate chips
- one bento box container (silicone, collapsible and pretty awesome)
- one box of 6 plumcots
- one HUGENORMOUS container of coconut oil
And I saved $50, according to my receipt.
So all in all, we will definitely be visiting this Grocery Outlet Bargain Market location again!
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**I was provided with a gift card for shopping at this particular store’s opening and one to give away to my readers. I was also provided with a gift bag assortment of products. All opinions are mine, and were not otherwise influenced.
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