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Grocery Outlet celebrates opening
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Steve and Debbee Tarr and their two sons, Joey, 14, and Jake, 10, take part in the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for their new Grocery Outlet bargain market in the former Big Boy Shopping Center at Northwoods and East Yosemite avenues. Joining the Tarr family from left are Charill Jones, police community service officer, Miss Manteca Amanda Rosas, Chamber CEO Debby Moorhead and Lauren Perez, Miss Young Manteca. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Manteca Chamber of Commerce members flocked to see the interior of the new Grocery Outlet market Wednesday morning as part of the weekly chamber coffee.  It is located in the old Big Boy store on East Yosemite Avenue.

Steve and Debbee Tarr moved from the High Desert community of Apple Valley having operated a Grocery Outlet in nearby Victorville some 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.  Sons  Joey, 14, and Jack, 10, have learned to work alongside their parents in their grocery business.

The Tarrs hosted the chamber coffee in two back rooms where they had everything from fruit to breakfast rolls, coffee and juices.  They held a raffle for the chamber members where winner received large gift baskets and gift certificates.

The store has held a soft opening during the last week drawing customers searching for values in the down economy.  The discount grocery chain of over 100 stores sends out their buyers to find the best possible bargains on all types of merchandise from frozen foods to deodorant.

The Grocery Outlet chain is not new to the area with stores in Modesto, Tracy and Stockton.

Steve Tarr said his store will always have competitive prices able to offer items for less than the traditional grocers.  In addition to the traditional beer labels, the Grocery Outlet has introduced a section with popular microbrews becoming popular across the country.

The store also offers fresh, pre-packaged meet for dollars less than is offered in other grocery stores, Tarr added.

It’s not uncommon to see customers blown away by the prices they find – less than they had expected, he said.