City Heights residents have a new place to score some deals on groceries: a Grocery Outlet Bargain Market opens in the neighborhood this weekend.
The store, located at 4360 54th St., plans to host a grand opening celebration on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The party will include deals, prizes and treats, while they last.
For instance, the first 100 customers in line will get a 25 percent off coupon for their shopping trip, while the first 500 customers get an eco-friendly reusable bag.
Customers will also be able to enter to win $500 in Grocery Outlet gift cards and take a spin on something called the “Wheel of Bargains.” At 8 a.m., there will be free coffee and treats; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the store will offer $1 hot dogs and drinks with proceeds going to Crawford High School’s athletics program.
The store is the first-ever Grocery Outlet to open in City Heights. According to the company, the opening has created more than 25 jobs in the community.
This location is owned and operated independently by San Diego native Kelly Meldrum, a 22-year veteran of the grocery retail industry. The store is located near Meldrum’s old high school, in the heart of the community in which he grew up.
Meldrum held a ribbon cutting ceremony for his store on Thursday and donated $1,000 in Grocery Outlet gift cards to the San Diego Food Bank. He hopes to continue to find ways for his store to give back to the community.
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market currently has more than a dozen stores in San Diego County, from San Marcos all the way to El Cajon. Less than two years ago, a new Grocery Outlet opened in Santee.
The company, founded in 1946, is based in Emeryville, California, and has 270 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The chain is known for offering bargains at deep discounts compared to other grocery retailers – from produce, dairy and meat to beer, wine and health and beauty products. The stores are run by independent owner-operators in local communities.