The parking lot of the Carson Valley Fair Shopping Center in Gardnerville filled up quickly Thursday with the opening of Grocery Outlet.
Spaces will become even more scarce when Bealls department store opens in October.
“We’ve been excited about this for months, and today’s the big day,” said Kevin Talley, Grocery Outlet owner operator. “The store is actually yours. I’m an ambassador to you.”
The 22,000-square-foot store carries dry goods, frozen foods, fresh produce, alcohol, home goods, organic products and more.
“I can save people money,” Talley said. “We have great values. We deal with major manufacturers. My motto is ‘Shop with us first, we’ll save you money.’”
Shopping at Grocery Outlet since 1994, Gardnerville resident John Smith was no stranger to the savings Grocery Outlet offers.
“I spent $43, and saved $73 on all name brand stuff,” Smith said pointing to his receipt. “People are going to save at least 40 percent. For people on a budget this would be the first store to come to.”
Carson Valley Community Food Closet was presented with $1,000 worth of food at Thursday’s opening.
“I’m really excited about this partnership,” said Sarah Sanchez, food closet director. “This is what’s going to keep the food closet going — community collaboration like this where we’re getting fresh food on a daily basis.”
Pam Miles of Gardnerville has been shopping Grocery Outlet for 10 years.
“We were very pleased it was coming,” she said of the store. “The prices are reasonable. I like Grocery Outlet because I can shop here and at my local store and not overspend.”
Longtime shopper Karen Harris was happy she didn’t have to drive to Carson City anymore to shop.
“I was a single mom and lived up at the Lake, and I would drive down and shop at the Carson store because of the good deals,” the now Gardnerville resident said. “This store turned out really nice, and they’re cheaper on some things.”
Mother of two small children, Amanda Buteyn, said she shops Grocery Outlet because of the organic and natural products it carries.
“I was telling a friend how hard it was to find natural foods and she recommended the store,” she said. “I’m happy with what they have here, and it’s really nice and clean.”
Grocery Outlet is having a grand opening Saturday with events from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The store is located at 1329 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. every day.