October 2021

Grocery OutletFor Grocery Outlet owners Greg and Jessi Powell, the grocery business is in their blood.

“Both Greg and I started bagging groceries at Albertsons in the greater Seattle area as 16-year-olds,” Jessi said. “We both loved the dynamic nature of the grocery business and love interacting with people. Greg spent 12 years in Produce and was a Store Director by age 30. I got my Masters in Education after staying at home to raise our son, Wesley. Greg was approached by a Grocery Outlet recruiter in 2009 when he felt it was a time for change. He’d spent 21 years with Albertsons and has never looked back. Being an independent operator with Grocery Outlet is the American Dream and we both love the ability to serve our community, make the lives of our employees better, and balance work and family life.”

Greg and Jessi took ownership of the Grants Pass store in 2019 after losing their Grocery Outlet store (and their beautiful home) in the November 8th Campfire disaster in Paradise, California.
The Grants Pass store, at 350 NE Agness Avenue, which opened 23 years ago, is a unique shopping experience.

“We have opportunistically-sourced goods, as well as MTO (made to order) staples to complete the shopping list,” Greg said. “Each store is independently owned and operated by families who live in the community that they serve. We partner with Grocery Outlet Inc, where a team of buyers work to fill the stores with wines, cheeses, groceries, produce, and non-food items at an average of 40% off regular retail.”

Jessi agreed. “We feel passionate about presenting choices to our customers in a clean and friendly store,” she said. “We build displays of hot items that usually sell out pretty quickly. Our focus is FRESH, with GREAT customer service. We have a wide variety of natural and organic choices, including Gluten Free and Vegan. My favorite is the specialty cheese section called Cheese Island.”
Grocery Outlet will continue hosting monthly wine tastings on Third Thursdays from 4pm-7pm when it is safe to do so. They also offer a discount card for active and retired military and veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, and EMT’s.

Pricing is a big draw at Grocery Outlet. “The savings are significant, and it’s a bit of a treasure hunt,” Greg said. “We work as a team, and you can feel the family owned and operated influence when you shop.”

The staff is a mix of former Paradise Grocery Outlet employees who relocated with Greg and Jessi, plus new team members from the community, and some employees who worked for the previous owners who retired in 2019.

Greg is an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer, and Jessi loves to paint, garden, and cook. Jessi’s favorite hangouts are the Saturday Grower’s Market, and you’ll see Greg at Club Northwest most days. Their son, Wesley, also works for them while attending RCC. He graduated from GPHS in 2021 and enjoyed cross country and track.

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