Grocery Outlet Now Open Near Webster Street

Megan Small Photography    The West End’s new Grocery Outlet’s staff has opened the doors to the public led by independent operators Rita and Elie Zgheib.


Last Thursday, Sept. 20,Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, an “extreme-value” grocery retailer, opened its newest location at 730 Buena Vista Ave., creating 35 new jobs in the community. 

At its grand opening celebration the grocery store donated $2,487.13 to the Alameda Food Bank, presented by independent owner-operators, Rita and Elie Zgheib. The amount that shoppers saved on their grocery purchases during the new store’s first hour of operation determined the total donation amount.

Grocery Outlet stores are independently owned and operated by local families committed to supporting their communities. 

“We are thrilled to open a Grocery Outlet here in Alameda and bring our community a simple way to save money on their groceries,” said Rita. “The partnership with Grocery Outlet allows us to be true entrepreneurs, create new jobs and have a positive impact on the neighborhood.” 

Rita and Elie also gave their first 200 customers in line Grocery Outlet Bargain Bucks in mystery amounts ranging from $5 to $200. Some shoppers also received a free reusable bag. 

Through Thursday, Oct. 18, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of free groceries for a year. ($100 per month for one year, a $1,200 value). The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the day on Oct. 18 at the Alameda Grocery Outlet. 

(Must be 18 years of age or older. One entry per person, per day. No purchase necessary. Winner need not be present to win but must claim the prize within three days of notification or another winner will be chosen. No cash value and no substitutions.)

Last Sunday, Rita and Elie hosted a community event that included family-friendly giveaways and activities including an obstacle course, mechanical bull and surfboard rides.

The new Grocery Outlet is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

Grocery Outlet is based in Emeryville and has more than 300 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries produce, meat, deli and dairy with a wide assortment of natural and organic choices.

They also offer beer and wine, health and beauty, as well as seasonal items. 

Grocery Outlet offers the same brands as traditional grocery stores, but at prices 40 to 70 percent less. Its buyers scour the country to find the top manufacturers with excess inventory and seasonal closeouts so Grocery Outlet can offer savings. 

For more information about Grocery Outlet, a third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, see