|Number of locations||185|
|Key people||Eric Lindberg & MacGregor Read, Co-CEOs|
|Products||Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, produce, snacks, beer & wine|
Grocery Outlet Inc., previously known as Canned Foods Grocery Outlet, is a private, family-owned supermarket chain. It focuses on discount overstocked and closeout products from name brand and private label suppliers. Jim Read founded the company in 1946 in San Francisco, California. Grocery Outlet operates in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Its co-CEOs are Eric Lindberg and MacGregor Read.
The majority of Grocery Outlet’s stores are independently operated by locally-based married couples. Each store also has flexibility in its product offerings to better serve local tastes and demand.
In 1971, Canned Foods signed its first supplier agreement, an agreement with Del Monte Foods. It later signed agreements with companies such as ConAgra, the Quaker Oats Company, and Revlon. Canned Foods opened its first independent store in Redmond, Oregon in 1973.
Following founder Jim Read’s death in 1982, his sons Steven and Peter Read took over company management. In 1987, the company was renamed Grocery Outlet. Grocery Outlet’s 100th store opened in 1995.
In 2001, Grocery Outlet acquired all remaining liquidated inventories of Webvan following the online grocery delivery service’s bankruptcy. During the same year, Grocery Outlet acquired online retailer Wine.com’s remaining inventory following that retailer’s bankruptcy. In 2002, the company changed its corporate name to Grocery Outlet, Inc.
The company promoted MacGregor Read and Eric Lindberg to co-CEO in 2006. Prior to their appointment, Read was vice president of real estate and Lindberg vice president of purchasing for the company. They took over for Steven Read, who became executive chairman of Grocery Outlet. MacGregor Read is the son of Steven Read and Lindberg the son-in-law of Grocery Outlet Chairman Peter Read. MacGregor Read is the third generation of the Read family to serve as CEO of Grocery Outlet.
In 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit awarded Albertson’s LLC an injunction against Grocery Outlet over Grocery Outlet’s use of the Lucky brand name in a Rocklin, California store.
Grocery Outlet’s inventory comes primarily from overstocks and closeouts of name brand groceries, as well as private label groceries. Grocery Outlets buy mostly closeout or seasonal merchandise, so particular brand names change often. The company’s stores also carry food staples such as fresh meat, dairy and bread. All products sold by Grocery Outlet are purchased directly from manufacturers, not other retail stores.
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