Grocery Outlet, the source for cheap, overstock dry goods, deeply discounted wine, and frozen pizzas nearing their expiration dates, is finally coming to San Francisco. The bargain grocery chain’s closest current location is in South San Francisco, with others in Oakland and Berkeley, where the company’s headquartered. But now they’ve staked a claim on two spaces here — one a former Cala Foods and Delano’s at 6333 Geary Boulevard (at 27th), and the other in Visitacion Valley at 2630 Bayshore Boulevard. The company announced the two locations last fall, to the delight of both neighborhoods, which are currently under-served, grocery-wise.
Jim Read founded Grocery Outlet in 1946 and originally bought military surplus goods which he sold at extreme discounts. Now the company has 185 locations, primarily in western states, where they sell produce, meat, deli meats, frozen foods, dry goods, wine, spirits, and anything else they can find at deep discounts from distributors, wineries, and other grocers. You can often find great deals on the wine and booze front especially, with brand names going for far less than you’d find at Trader Joe’s or anywhere. But, like at any outlet, the selection is hit and miss, and the good stuff goes fast.
Look for both locations to open later this year.