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Grocery Outlet Expands With Six New Northwest Units

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Grocery Outlet, one of the largest extreme-value grocers in the United States, will expand its presence in the Northwest with the addition of six new stores in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Washington, and the relocation of two stores in Oregon.

The store openings bring to eight the number of units that Grocery Outlet has opened since November of 2004 in the Northwest and Northern California.

"We've been experiencing significant growth in our long-time traditional markets of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii," said Jon Wylie, v.p./marketing for GOI. "These new stores are in response to customer demand for additional locations," Wylie said, adding that each of the new stores will be run by Grocery Outlet independent operators who have experience in other stores in the network.

Grocery Outlet's newest stores are located in Florence and Scappoose, Ore.; Federal Way, Kenmore, Auburn, and Lynnwood, Wash.; and, Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa, Florence, Scappoose and Auburn stores will open this spring, followed by the Reno store in summer, while the Federal Way, Kenmore and Lynnwood units opened earlier this year.
The Milwaukie, Ore., Grocery Outlet is moving to a new replacement location in April while the Klamath Falls, Ore., store is undergoing extensive remodeling and is expected to reopen in April. Additionally, the Chehalis, Wash., and Eureka, Calif., stores reopened with new buildings and locations. Each new store will be about 20,000 square feet and employ around 20 full- and part-time workers.

Grocery Outlet describes itself as a "bargains only" retailer focusing on finding the best deals from some 2,500 food, beverage and consumer goods companies, which supply the chain with a wide variety of products, including frozen and refrigerated foods, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over-the-counter drugs and general merchandise.

"We provide the grocery shopping experience consumers expect from supermarkets, while beating even the lowest of the low-price discount grocery competition from mass-market and extreme value retailers," Wylie said. "We also do a better job of staying in touch with communities through our independent operators who live in or near the communities they serve."

With 118 stores in the U.S. including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, the privately held Grocery Outlet was founded in San Francisco in 1946. In 2002, it reached a sales milestone of $500 million.
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