Hundreds attend Grocery Outlet grand opening

A ribbon is cut Thursday, Oct. 18, during a grand opening ceremony at Grocery Outlet in Omak.

OMAK - More than 300 people attended a grand opening ceremony for the new Grocery Outlet today, Oct. 18.

“Thank you to all the elected officials who are present today,” said store co-owner Cole Garcia. “This has been a lifelong dream of ours. We’ve worked retail; we’ve wanted to own a store, but above all we wanted to help people, and we want to thank the CEOs of Grocery Outlet for giving us the opportunity to seize our dreams”.

The store donated shoppers’ savings - within the first hour of business - and pledged the equivalent to the Omak Food Bank. The food band received a check for $2,463.82. 

The first 200 customers also received Grocery Outlet “bargain bucks” gift cards ranging from $5-$200. 

“I would like to give a special thank you to the Omak WorkSource,” Garcia said. “They were a tremendous help to us with our hiring, they lend us their facility to use, they really work hard to get unemployed folks a job here, and they deserve a round of applause.”

“Thank you everybody for coming out; this is really exciting,” Omak Mayor Cindy Gagne said. “This is a huge turnout here and offers us more opportunity in this community. We all know this is the biggest community in Okanogan County, and hopefully this will bring more people here”.

“We have very competitive prices, and its like a treasure hunt for shoppers looking to comparison shopping,” said Grocery Outlet spokeswoman Jamie Lemire said. “We do not accept coupons, as our prices are already marked extremely low. We have a corporate ad with all our deals. We do not have a digital app, but you can sign up online for our WOW awards for current and upcoming deals.”

For a complete story on the grand opening, see the Wednesday, Oct. 24, edition of The Chronicle.

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