Details are scant as yet, but Grocery Outlets has confirmed that a store is expected to open in the old ShopKo building, 6355 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, in March.

Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets have been helping customers save big since 1946. That’s when founder Jim Read opened his very first store, selling military surplus at deep discount prices.

Today, the third generation of the Read family is leading the way, with 300-plus stores across the nation and more than 1.5 million shoppers hitting the aisles each week.

That makes Grocery Outlet Bargain Market the nation’s largest extreme value retailer.

Buyers shop the world, travelling thousands of miles each year to find the most thrilling deals on brand name groceries. Whether it’s through packaging changes, surplus inventory or product overruns, Grocery Outlet buyers source it all, everything from fresh meat and produce to natural and organic items.

"We wouldn’t be anywhere without the hundreds of local families who own and operate their own Grocery Outlet stores, allowing us to deliver superior customer service personalized to each of the local communities we serve," they write on the Grocery Outlet website. "So come in and see for yourself. It might seem like a dream, but we guarantee the savings couldn’t be more real!"

Expect more detail as opening day draws closer!


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at, which he launched in March, 2018.

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