Grocery Outlet opens to good reviews

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Featured, News | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The Aug. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the Grocery Outlet store at Waring Road and Zion Avenue cured the community ailment that had lasted for nearly three years — the lack of a handy grocer in the Allied Gardens area.

The grand opening day saw a throng of people coming in to look the new store over, compare products and prices, and generally get the feel of the operation. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony and owner-operators Chris and Gay Holbrook presented the San Diego Food Bank with a $1,000 check.

(l to r) Grocery Outlet owner-operators Gay and Chris Holbrook present a check to San Diego Food Bank CEO Jim Floros. (Photo by Doug Curlee)

The Holbrooks are off to a running start at the location.

Like any new operation, it’ll take a little time to establish itself. They expect that, and say they’re in for the long haul.

From the reaction of customers, it appears the store has a pretty bright future.

April Montes:

April Montes (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“We used to shop here at Albertsons. We started going to Vons down on Mission Gorge, but we hated it. I’m really happy this is here. The prices are great.”

Shannon Aviles:

Shannon Aviles (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“It’s really nice, really clean. We used to go to Vons on Mission Gorge, but it’s so hard to get in and out of. This is close, and that’s good. It’s in walking distance for me.”

Maria Caccamise:

Maria Caccamise (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“We would go to Windmill Farms and Vons, but this is closer. This store has a lot of what I buy all the time with good prices.”

Jim Snodgrass:

Jim Snodgrass (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“I like having it here in Allied Gardens. It’s in walking distance like Albertons was … that’s important for a lot of the older folks like me.”


Joyce (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“I’ve lived here for over 50 years, and I shopped here clear back when it was Food Basket, and that’s a long time ago. I’m really glad to have it here and close.”

Melanie Helmich:

Melanie Helnich (Photo by Doug Curlee)

“After Albertsons closed, we tried other places like Smart and Final. This store is long-awaited here … there were a few things I usually buy that I couldn’t find, but the really bargain prices more than made up for that.”

—Doug Curlee is Editor at Large. Reach him at

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