This week, Grocery Outlet will start advertising for the first time in the Times — and it comes at a special time: only twice a year does the company hold a giant WINE SALE!
The owners, Bobby and Ronica McGhee, are local people. Bobby was born and raised in Merced, attending local schools before entering the grocery business 29 years ago. Ronica is a native of Modesto.
Bobby worked in many stores, but probably would have been known locally for his work at K-Mart in Atwater.
The McGhees have owned three Grocery Outlet stores. First in Stockton, and then in Mammoth Lakes. They decided to return to the valley to be with family.
The McGhees bought the Merced Grocery Outlet in March of this year, just shortly after the pandemic hit.
One of the things Bobby recalls about the store when he first came was the amount of homeless issues and panhandling going on in the parking lot. He knew he had to take care of the problem, and with the assistance of the Merced Police Department, he has done that.
He literally got up before 5 a.m. and told people they could not camp in his parking lot. It took a few times reminding them, but eventually they found another place to camp.
The couple have made many other changes in the store starting with cleaner and unclogged aisles. A new paint job and more variety of store items were added to the shelves.
Their choice of using the Merced, Atwater and Winton Times for advertising has something to do with the POSITIVE NEWS.
“There is so much bad news in the media these days,” Bobby said. “Our customers are tired of reading and seeing all bad news. We appreciate the Times, and like the fact that the paper seeks out the good news in our community.
Their family ranges from 7 to 26 so they feel they have to offer something for their kids in the future. Already, the oldest son works for the Grocery Outlet in Merced.
Please stop by the Grocery Outlet in Merced, and tell them you read about them in the Times.