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Grocery Outlet Overview

Emeryville, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (GO)
Grocery Stores & Supermarkets
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Grocery Outlet Inc. ( is the leading extreme value retailer in the United States, serving bargain seeking customers since 1946. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet has been family operated for almost 70 years and has a rich history of ... Read more

Mission: Touching Lives for the Better

Company Updates

  • Grocery Outlet continued supporting the communities we serve with our Independence From Hunger® Food Drive campaign this past July. Our more than 270 Grocery Outlet stores partnered with a local food agency, directing support to the communities we serve. Working together with our great customers the stores raised over $1.0 million dollars. Thanks to all who supported this great cause.

  • Grocery Outlet has launched its 5th Annual Independence From Hunger® Food Drive today to donate food throughout July, traditionally a time when food agencies experience the greatest need to serve children who are off from school during the summer. According to the Food Research and Action Center, 6 out of 7 low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer. (Source: Food Research and Action Center, Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012).

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Grocery Outlet – Why Work With Us?

In 1946, Jim Read started selling military surplus for deep discounts and Grocery Outlet has been wowing bargain-minded shoppers ever since.  Delivering thrilling deals has become our mission; in fact, it’s led us to become the nation’s largest extreme value grocery retailer. We offer brand-name, quality products at up to 60% off conventional retail prices.

Our buyers shop the world, traveling thousands of miles each year to find the best deals available. They have developed long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with thousands of producers and manufacturers over the years.  Grocery Outlet buyers are experts at buying product opportunistically; that is, product outside the normal retail channel, i.e. packaging changes, product overruns, and surplus inventories, to bring the best bargains back to our stores.


Our customers are bargain hunters, coupon clippers, working parents, thriving families, and those who love high-quality products at very low prices.  Whatever brings you here, we’re happy to have you.  We love to save you money.

The third generation of the Read family is now running the business, with 270 independently operated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.  Grocery Outlet stores are located in cities large and small, and serve all kinds of neighborhoods. Most stores are independently operated by locally-based families.
We are truly a family business.

Our employees are the reason Grocery Outlet is the premier extreme-value retail chain in the United States.  We place vital importance on training and supporting our employees, and strive continuously to make Grocery Outlet a great environment in which to work.


We offer our employees:

  • Full Benefits—Health, Vision and Dental Insurance, Retirement Planning, Profit-sharing, and more
  • Comprehensive Training Programs—full training in all the systems they need to become successful
  • Enjoyable Work Environment—we encourage employees to collaborate on making improvements, solving challenges, and making good decisions

Grocery Outlet is committed to being an Equal Opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Independence from Hunger

Grocery Outlet’s core mission is “Touching lives for the better.”  This mission is a big part of our culture, from our corporate headquarters, to store owner operators, and store employees.One of the ways we give back to our communities is through Independence from Hunger, a yearly food drive we sponsor in July.  Independence from Hunger brings together Grocery Outlet stores and their customers to help feed people in their local communities who are facing hunger and food insecurity.


In 2011, Grocery Outlet stores and their customers collectively donated more than$223,000 in cash, gift card and food donations to help support local food assistance agencies as part of the Independence from Hunger food drive.  In 2012, we increased our donations to over $292,000—meaning, over half a million dollars donated in just two years! In 2013, we hit the $300,000 mark, and in 2014, we are pleased to say that our stores and customers raised over $405,000 in food and cash to support their neighbors in need.  For 2015, our goal is $425,000. 

We are so happy to be part of such a generous community of Operators and customers.

Own a Grocery Outlet

Are you in a retail company with no opportunity to grow or to really use the experience and retail management skills you have?  Be your own boss!  Enjoy the freedom of using your merchandising, creativity, customer service, inventory control and other skills to build a successful business. To learn more, visit:

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  • An exciting opportunity to independently operate a retail business and be your own boss.
  • The chance to join an established successful organization growing across the United States.
  • An opportunity to grow your business, work with your family, and build equity for your future.
  • A unique prospect to be a leader in your own community, and contribute to the lives of others.

About Us
Grocery Outlet is the largest retail grocery remarketer in the U.S.  We purchase and consign product to Grocery Outlet businesses that are owned and operated by families.

We are different from other organizations for two important reasons: first, the product is consigned, not sold to the Store Operators, and second, we are a family-oriented company which entrusts family management teams to run businesses to sell our products.


We carefully choose every Grocery Outlet Operator.  Our operators undergo extensive training on the job and in the classroom at our Grocery Outlet University through a special certification process.


Interested in working in a Grocery Outlet store?  Each one of our Grocery Outlet stores is independently owned and operated, and as such, is an independent employer. You must apply directly with each store for employment.  Please pick the store you’d like to apply to, and then enter your information.  We will forward your information to the store owner.

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    Amazing culture, growth opportunities, and competitive pay.


    None I can think of!

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    Keep doing what you're doing!

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Grocery Outlet Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Grocery Outlet in February 2020.


    Grocery Outlet made the hiring experience really smooth and efficient. It started with a phone interview and I received an email the next day outlining when they would like me in for my in person interviews. I interviewed with 8 people in total. Everyone was super friendly and made the interview process less intimidating.

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