Deep discount grocery store chain coming to Boardman
A new deep discount grocery store chain is coming to Boardman and will offer brand name groceries at 40 to 70 percent discount - including organics, meats, and fresh, according to the store's website.
A zoning signage permit was filed in Boardman Township, showing the new grocery store will be a Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, a Emeryville, California-based chain that operates more than 400 locations, with most of its stores in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The chain has more than 30 stores in eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware as well.
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is described as a store like brand discounter TJ Maxx, but only for food instead of clothing. Work has begun on converting the former Toys R Us site at 317 Boardman Poland Road into its latest location.
According it its website, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market owner Jim Read open first opened its doors 'Cannery Sales' in 1946 as a military surplus store in San Francisco.
In 1971, the store signed its first supplier agreement with Del Monte. In 1973, the first independent operator agreement was signed for a store in Redmond, Oregon. In 1987, the chain officially changed its name to Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. In 1999, the chain added fresh produce to its stores, followed by fresh meat sales in 2003. In 2011, the chain began to expand to the east coast.
In 2019, Grocery Outlet launched its initial public offering and by 2021, celebrated its 75th year and the opening of its 400th store.
This appears to be the first entry into the Ohio market, with no locations in the state listed on the corporate business website.
The grocery chain will announce it quarterly growth after the close of the market Tuesday.
21 News reached out the the ownership for comment about the expansion into Ohio and a potential opening date, but has not heard back from the company as of the publishing of this story.