Grocery Outlet to open first Ohio store
Sales at Grocery Outlet increased by 16.1% to $965.5 million in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same time period last year, according to the grocer’s first-quarter earnings report. Comparable store sales increased by 12.1% in the first quarter, which Grocery Outlet attributed to a 7.9% increase in the number of transactions and a 3.9% increase in transaction size.
Grocers and other essential retailers that offer consumers discounts on price and focus on value have grown in popularity as shoppers face inflated prices across retail, including in grocery. While inflation has continued to cool since its peak last year, and food prices finally fell, consumers are unlikely to feel immediate relief or shed behaviors picked up during the inflationary period.
"Our first quarter performance exceeded expectations driven by strong same-store sales results, gross margin expansion and bottom-line leverage,” said RJ Sheedy, president and CEO of Grocery Outlet, in the earnings report. “We are encouraged by the growth in transactions as we are attracting new customers and our existing customers are shopping with us more often. We are delivering on our mission of Touching Lives for the Better, and we continue to execute our strategic growth initiatives to maximize long-term shareholder value."