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History and Milestones

Since Jim Read founded Grocery Outlet in 1946, we've been in the business of providing our customers hot deals on quality products.

We’ve come a long way. And we’re just getting started.

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.

1946

Jim Read opens “Cannery Sales” in San Francisco.

1971

We sign the first supplier agreement with Del Monte

1973

The first Independent Operator Agreement is signed in Redmond, Oregon

1982

Peter and Steven Read assume leadership.

1999

We add fresh produce to our stores.

2003

Grocery Outlet now carries fresh meat.

2006

MacGregor Read and Eric Lindberg become Co-CEOs, ushering in the third generation of family leadership

2009

Berkshire Partners LLP acquires a majority interest in Grocery Outlet Inc.

2011

Grocery Outlet acquires grocery store chain Amelia’s and expands to East Coast.

2014

Grocery Outlet Inc. becomes part of Hellman & Friedman’s investment portfolio

2015-2019

Grocery Outlet expands in the LA market.