In 1946 our founder Jim Read opened the doors to his first military surplus store. Today, his store has more than 300 locations and is the nation’s largest extreme value retailer. Take a look at our timeline below to see exactly how far we’ve come.
History and Milestones
We’ve come a long way. And we’re just getting started.
Jim Read opens “Cannery Sales” in San Francisco.
We sign the first supplier agreement with Del Monte
The first Independent Operator Agreement is signed in Redmond, Oregon
Peter and Steven Read assume leadership.
We add fresh produce to our stores.
Grocery Outlet now carries fresh meat.
MacGregor Read and Eric Lindberg become Co-CEOs, ushering in the third generation of family leadership
Berkshire Partners LLP acquires a majority interest in Grocery Outlet Inc.
Grocery Outlet acquires grocery store chain Amelia’s and expands to East Coast.
Grocery Outlet Inc. becomes part of Hellman & Friedman’s investment portfolio
Grocery Outlet expands in the LA market.
Grocery Outlet launches its initial public offering.
Grocery Outlet celebrates its 75th Anniversary and opens its 400th store.