Grocery Outlet opens, provides 25 local jobs

by Tonia Brooks
Staff Writer | April 2, 2020 1:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY— The long-anticipated Grocery Outlet Bargain Market opened its doors to customers on Thursday, March 26.

There are more than 350 Grocery Outlet stores located in the states of Idaho, California, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The new Bonners Ferry store is managed by independent owner-operators, Blake Bevans and Haley McQueen.

Bevans and McQueen have recently made Bonners Ferry their home after moving from Washington state.

McQueen began a career with the grocery chain more than 10 years ago after she was initially hired as a cashier, and moved up with training and support to becoming an owner-operator and Bevans’ partner of the Bonners Ferry store. Bevans joined McQueen’s Grocery Outlet store, where he worked for two years under the management of McQueen.

“We are overjoyed to be a part of the Bonners Ferry community and be able to provide big savings on quality groceries,” said Bevans and McQueen. “This partnership with Grocery Outlet gives us the ability to grow our business, create new jobs and more importantly, give back to our local community.”

Aside from the grocery bargains available to the local community, the new store has employed 25 local residents. The owner-operators plan to contribute to the local community in other ways as well.

“Blake and Haley plan to partner with CAP [Community Action Partnership] and other local organizations to support them with donations of food and goods,” said Stephanie Cardenas, public relations specialist. “They also plan on supporting the local schools through fundraisers.”

The store owners have created a chance for shoppers to win groceries that value $100 per month for one year through a drawing that will take place on April 23.

The Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is located at 6355 Main St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The store has a Facebook page @BonnersFerry GroceryOutlet and more information may be found at the website: groceryoutlet.com.

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Customers to the new Grocery Outlet store were welcomed by the mural on the wall.