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Grocery Outlet Signs Leases For Stores In San Fran Neighborhoods

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Grocery Outlet has executed two lease agreements to open grocery stores in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley and Richmond neighborhoods.

The new markets will be located at 2630 Bayshore Blvd. and 6333 Geary Blvd. They will total 13,662 s.f. and 12,360 s.f., respectively.

“Grocery Outlet started in San Francisco 65 years ago and we are delighted to be coming back home,” said Co-CEO MacGregor Read. “Our customers have come to expect quality, variety and value at our stores and we will be offering the same to San Francisco shoppers.”

“The Visitacion Valley community has been working for years to attract and sustain a grocery store,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen. “The neighborhoods at the southernmost end of our city have been sustained by small businesses for decades, but will benefit greatly from an anchor grocery store that can provide fresh healthy food and compliment our small neighborhood markets. I look forward to continuing to work to revive and strengthen the Bayshore corridor.”

“We welcome Grocery Outlet to the neighborhood,” said Luigi Silvestri, owner of the Bayshore location. “It will be wonderful to have a grocery store here.”

In the Richmond District, Grocery Outlet will move into a space formerly occupied by Cala Foods that had been dormant since 2010.

“This is what my constituents want to see—new businesses and new vitality moving into the district,” said District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar. “Grocery Outlet offers San Franciscans the healthy and affordable food choices I have been advocating for.”

“We are pleased and honored that a first-class supermarket will once again be open for business to serve the varied shopping needs of the diverse population of the Richmond District,” said Arthur S. Becker, the owner of the Geary Street location. “There has been a market at this location for over 50 years, and we are confident that Grocery Outlet will continue that tradition of service to the community. As a resident of the Richmond District for over 85 years, I say, ‘welcome to the neighborhood.'”

Grocery Outlet has been a tradition for bargain-seeking customers since 1946. The company’s reputation as a deep-discount store began when the late

Jim Read began purchasing military surplus in the 1940s and sold it at huge discounts.

Today, Grocery Outlet is a third-generation family-run business, and a leading extreme-value retailer. Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., Grocery Outlet currently operates 185 independently operated stores in six western states and Pennsylvania.


About the author

Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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