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Save 70% on Groceries at Your Local Salvage Grocery Store!

Save 70% on Groceries at Your Local Salvage Grocery Store!

There are salvage grocery stores all over the United States! Shopping at these stores is a great way to save money because they sell products that have been rejected by traditional supermarkets. The food is perfectly good and safe to eat, and when you buy it from a salvage store you’ll save a lot of money.

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In this post, we’re going to answer some frequently asked questions about salvage grocery stores and then provide a list of all the salvage grocery stores we’ve been able to identify in the United States.

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FAQs about Salvage Grocery Stores

What is a salvage store?

A salvage store is a grocery store that sells items that traditional grocery stores can’t or won’t sell. These items may include:

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  • Damaged items (dented cans, torn exterior packaging)
  • Discontinued items
  • Food that is near its best buy or expiration date
  • Imperfect produce
  • Misprinted packaging
  • Overstock
  • Seasonal items

Sometimes, items salvaged from shipping accidents (such as truck wrecks) may also be included. This is usually because the items are damaged in some way or because the pallets or larger containers are broken, which makes it more inconvenient for larger retailers to store and stock.

Where do salvage grocery stores get their items?

Your local salvage grocery store takes items that the fancier supermarkets don’t want. Name brand grocery stores often pass on produce that doesn’t look perfect or cans that are dented. These larger retailers also offload items that are out of season, overstocked or otherwise undesirable.

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How do salvage stores work?

Salvage grocery stores purchase their merchandise from grocery reclamation centers and then resell those items to the general public.

Grocery reclamation centers like Reclaim Center purchase their items directly from distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers. The items they buy are overstocked, discontinued, or damaged in some way. They then sell these items to salvage stores, dollar stores, correctional institutions, food banks and others.

Some large grocery stores, such as Albertsons, maintain their own grocery reclamation programs that distribute their damaged goods to local salvage stores.

The salvage store then re-sells these items directly to consumers at a deep discount. While the salvage store buys in bulk, they let shoppers buy smaller quantities with a small markup. They make money and they help you save even more money. Everybody wins!

Are salvage stores safe?

YES! Salvage stores are inspected and regulated just like other grocery stores. However, there are a few best practices that you should follow when you shop at the salvage store.

How do I find a salvage store near me?

That’s a great question! It can be hard to find salvage grocery stores because everyone recognizes the big name-brand grocers like Albertsons, Safeway, and Walmart. These stores are often small, independently-owned and local. We’ve created a list at the end of this article for your convenience.

Tips for Shopping Salvage Grocery Stores

There are a few things you should know before you visit your local salvage grocery.

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Know the difference between the dates.

Groceries are labeled with many different types of dates, including best by dates, sell by dates and expiration dates. These dates aren’t as straightforward as you might think and it can be really confusing.

At a discount grocer, you’ll likely see items that are close to or past at least one of these dates. You need to know what each date means so that you can make more informed buying decisions.

Check the packaging.

The packages at salvage grocers are often dented or damaged. In many cases, it’s just the exterior packaging that is damaged and the interior sealed product is fine.

However, you should always closely inspect the packaging to make sure that the item meets your personal safety standards. Make sure the inner packaging is still sealed and watch out for large dents. Salvage grocers aren’t supposed to sell leaking items, but beware of anything that is leaking or unsealed as well.

Watch out for recalls.

You shouldn’t find any recalled items at your local salvage store but it’s always wise to be aware of recent recalls while you shop just in case.

Master List of Salvage Stores in the US

Our list is organized alphabetically by state and store for your convenience.

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But first: Grocery Outlet!

Grocery Outlet operates more than 270 stores in six states: California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. You can often find name brand groceries at Grocery Outlet for up to 70% off their regular price!

Alabama

Anniston

  • Family Discount Foods (2413 Al-202 in Anniston)

Ashville

  • B&B Quick Service LLC (8665 Hwy 23 in Ashville)

Bessemer

Clanton

Dodge City

  • Dodge City Thrift Center (501C Al hwy 69 S in Dodge City)

Geneva

  • C&M Grocery (301 W Maple Ave)

Florence

  • RTD Market and More (250 A Seville St in Florence)

Foley

  • Checkouts (814 S McKenzie Street in Foley)

Nauvoo

  • County Line Salvage Grocery (15759 Hwy 5 in Nauvoo)

Piedmont

  • Piedmont Salvage Grocery (106 E Alabama St in Piedmont)

Pell City

  • Walker’s Bent-N-Dent (US-231, Pell City, AL 35125)

Shelby

  • Shelby Meat & Discount Grocery (4814 Highway 47 in Shelby)

Verbena

  • Sandy’s Bent-N-Dent Grocery (6545 US Hwy 31 in Verbena)

CLOSURES

Unfortunately, the following salvage grocery stores in Alabama have permanently closed:

  • Boo’s Salvage Grocery (Anniston)
  • Bobby’s Discount Grocery (Luverne)
  • C&D Salvage Grocery (Anniston)
  • CJS Wholeshale and Grocery (Heckleberg)
  • Paw Paw’s Salvage Grocery (Anniston)
  • RTD Market and More (Northport)
  • Ted’s Discount Market (Talladega)

Arizona

Mesa

Parker

  • Craazy Taazy Discount Store (820 California Ave in Parker)

I cannot confirm whether or not this location is still in business. If someone could drive by and let me know in the comments, I’d appreciate it!

Peoria

  • The Dented Can LLC (9501 W Peoria Ave St 11 in Peoria)

Quartzsite

  • Discount Grocery Liquidators (121 W Kuehn St, Quartzsite, AZ 85346)

San Luis

Yuma

CLOSURES

It appears that CJS Wholesale and Groceries in Sulligent has closed.

Arkansas

Multiple Locations

Alma

  • A-Z Distributors Inc. (4810 N US-71 in Alma)

Bismarck

  • Bag-a-Bargain (12281 Hwy 84 St. 2 in Bismarck)

Dardanelle

  • Midway Discount Groceries (21779 N Hwy 27 in Dardanelle)

East Salem

Elkins

  • White River Discount Foods (2421 N Center St in Elkins)

It appears this location is temporarily closed. However, it has not been marked permanently closed, so please check with the retailer for updates.

Eureka Springs

  • W. T. Focker Discount Grocery (369 Cr 207 in Eureka Springs)

Green Forest

  • The Country Rooster (101 Phillips in Green Forest)

Harrison / South Harrison

  • Harrison’s Bent & Dent Grocery (3864 Hwy 7 South in Harrison)
  • Wholesale Outlet (519 N Main St in Harrison)

Huntsville

  • Ma & Pa Bent N Dent Groceries (15045 Hwy 412 in Huntsville)

Lincoln

  • 62 Surplus (110 W Pridemore)

Midland City

  • Discount Groceries (Hwy 231 S in Midland City)

Nophlet

  • Z&C Salvage Grocery (300 W Padgett St in Nophlet)

Western Grove

  • Country Cupboard (Rt 1 Box 273 in Western Grove)

CLOSURES

It appears that the following discount salvage grocery stores have closed:

  • Berryville Discount Groceries (Berryville)
  • The Crazy Ape Liquidation Outlet (Fort Smith)

California

Don’t forget that Grocery Outlet has hundreds of locations across California! I haven’t listed them all individually because it would take up so much space… but there may be a location near you!

Delano

  • California Discount Grocery (1835 Glenwood St in Delano)

Hayfork

  • Hayfork Discount Groceries (CA-3 & Forest Ave in Hayfork)

Inglewood

  • Palace Surplus Inc. (11312 Prairie Ave in Inglewoood)

Perris

  • Bargain Discount Grocery Store (244 E 4th St B in Perris)

Modesto

  • Discount Grocery (1119 S 7th St in Modesto)

North Highlands

  • Discount Grocery Store (3840 Madison Ave in North Highlands)

Oakland

  • Foothill Discount (6510 Foothill Blvd in Oakland)

Olivehurst

  • C&C Discount Grocery (5829 Feather River Blvd in Olivehurst)

Oroville

  • Better Buy Discount Groceries (2950 Myers St in Oroville)

Tehachapi

  • Overstock Foods (555 W Tehachapi Blvd in Tehachapi)

Turlock

  • Pop’s Bargain Market (468 S Center St in Turlock)

CLOSURES

It appears that the following discount salvage grocery stores in California have closed:

  • Food Buys and Beyond (Angel’s Camp)
  • Grocery Discount Center (Atascadero)
  • Manny’s Discount Grocery (Bodfish)
  • Grocery Discount Center (Oakhurst)
  • One on One Trading Inc. (Van Nuys)
  • 2 Broke Discount Grocery (Wasco)

Colorado

Colorado Springs

  • Bargain Mart (2841 E Fountain Blvd in Colorado Springs)
  • Save A Lot (405 S Circle Dr in Colorado Springs)

Dacono

  • Esh’s Discount Groceries (913 Carbondale Dr in Dacono)

Denver

  • Save A Lot (multiple locations)

Fort Lupton

  • Robb Inc. (511 McKinley Ave in Fort Lupton)

Greeley

  • M&A Grocery Store (716 12th St in Greeley)

Loveland

  • Esh’s Discount Groceries (375 W 71st St in Loveland)

Monte Vista

  • Sunshine Salvage (S CO Rd 5 E in Monte Vista)

CLOSURES

It appears that the following discount salvage grocery stores in Colorado have closed:

  • Friday Store (Arvada)
  • Robb Inc (Brighton)
  • The Open Box (Colorado Springs)

Connecticut

We have found several salvage grocery stores in Connecticut, including:

  • The Outlet (74 Spring Ct in Southington)
  • Save A Lot (multiple locations)

Delaware

Delaware has a few salvage grocery stores, including:

  • Byler’s Store (multiple locations)
  • Spence’s Bazaar and Auction (550 S New St in Dover)

Florida

Florida has several salvage grocery stores, including:

  • Dixie Liquidation Groceries & Wine (25141 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs)
  • Dollars & Dents (1321 SE US Hwy 19 in Crystal River)
  • Tin Can Pam’s Discount Grocery (14444 7th St in Dade City)
  • SaveSmart Discount Grocery (8640 S Florida Ave in Floral City)
  • Sunflower Discount Grocery Liquidation Outlet (1001 Palm Ave in North Fort Meyers)
  • Discount Food & Things Unlimited (1206 W Broad St in Groveland)
  • C&B Salvage Company (3811 University Blvd W #13 in Jacksonville)
  • Solomon Ventures (1650 Art Museum Dr in Jacksonville)
  • Lakeland Discount Grocery (1305 N Combee Rd in Lakeland)
  • Ma’s General Store (2640-A NW 10th St in Ocala)
  • I-75 Flea Market (4121 NW 44th Ave in Ocala)
  • Sack’s Grocery Liquidators (6013 Edgewater Dr in Orlando)
  • Budget Discount Food Store (947 Massachusetts Ave in Pensacola)
  • Discount Goods and Groceries (935 N New Warrington Rd in Pensacola)
  • Grocery Outlet (15 E Brent Ln in Pensacola)
  • Discount Grocery & More (2185 A1A S in St. Augustine)
  • Fresh 4 Less (3813 N Monroe St in Tallahassee)
  • Smart Shopper Discount Grocery (4950 E Busch Blvd in Tampa)
  • Tarpon Springs Discount Grocery (780 S Pinellas Ave in Tarpon Springs)
  • Randy’s Discount Grocery (104 FL-71 in Wewahitchka)

CLOSURES

It appears that the following salvage stores in Florida have closed:

  • Petrik Market (Bradenton)
  • Bargains & More Grocery (Freeport)
  • J&W Discount Store (Jacksonville)
  • Discount Foods (Lake Alfred)
  • VJ’s Discount Grocery (Palmetto)
  • Foster’s (Perry)
  • Gulley’s Surplus Grocery (Ruskin)
  • Discount Dave’s Grocery Outlet (Melbourne)
  • L&G Discount Grocery (Stuart)
  • D&S Bargain Store & Salvage (Tampa)
  • Discount Foods (Winter Haven)

Georgia

Georgia has several discount grocers, including:

  • United Grocery Outlet (multiple locations)
  • Neighborhood Discount Grocery (901 Joseph E Boone Blvd NW in Atlanta)
  • George’s Discount Grocery (5448 GA-133 in Berlin)
  • Double J Discount (2544 Morgan Rd in Bremen)
  • Robinson Salvage (1300 Bankhead Hwy in Carrollton)
  • Robinson’s Overstock Warehouse (620 Bankhead Hwy in Carrollton)
  • Bell’s Discount Grocery (11377 Brown Bridge Rd in Covington)
  • Discount Grocery (3056 Bayard St in East Point)
  • Ebenezer Discount Grocery Plus (309 Main St Suite B in Garden City)
  • Wilson’s Warehouse (830 Jackson Rd in Griffin)
  • Discount Food Mart (19 Pyne Rd in LaGrange)
  • Discount Grocery (2590 Rocky Creek Rd in Macon)
  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (2359 Windy Hill Rd SE St 400 in Marietta)
  • Discount Salvage Inc (327 Carrollton St in Temple)
  • Robinsons Discount Grocery (2000 US-78 in Tallapoosa)
  • CJ’s Discount Groceries (Thomaston)
  • Food Outlet (4645 GA-136 in Trenton)
  • Hunter’s Salvage Grocery (12566 N Main St in Trenton)
  • Buy Smart (760 W Bankhead Hwy in Villa Rica)
  • Mandy’s Discount Grocery (601 Rocky Branch Rd in Villa Rica)
  • Discount Grocery (1029 N Davis Dr in Warner Robins)

The following grocery discount outlets in Georgia appear to have closed:

  • Discount Foods (Brooklet)
  • $1 Grocery Store (Carrollton)
  • T&W Varity & Salvage (Carrollton)
  • B&B Salvage Grocery (Cartersville)
  • Brooke’s Salvage (Cedartown)
  • Nick N-Dent (Columbus)
  • BBS Salvage Grocery (Trenton)

Hawaii

Hawaii has one discount grocer.

  • Cost-U-Less (715 Kinoole St in Hilo)

Idaho

Idaho has several Grocery Outlet locations across the state. They have locations in Boise, Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Hailey, Lewiston, Mountain Home, Nampa, Overland and Twin Falls.

There are other salvage grocery stores in Idaho, too. These include:

  • Idaho Grocery Outlet (1435 N Main St in Pocatello)
  • Big Deal Outlet (400 S Woodruff Ave in Idaho Falls)

Illinois

Illinois has several grocery salvage stores. These include:

  • Save A Lot (multiple locations)
  • Country Salvage Store (435 E Co Rd 200 N in Arcola)
  • Mast Family Grocery (17137 E Saddle Club Rd in Belle Rive)
  • Miller farms Discount Grocery (918 Calvary Cemetery Rd in Campbell Hill)
  • Little Giant Grocery Outlet (1347 IL-1 in Carmi)
  • Prairie State Discount Food (8379 E Il 250 in Sumner)
  • Greenfield Country Store (119 W Payton Ln in Wayne City)

Unfortunately, some of Illinois’ discount grocers have gone out of business. These include:

  • Discount Grocery Outlet (East Dundee)
  • A&A Bent and Dent Grocery (Freeport)
  • Can Ladies (Rapids City)

Indiana

Indiana has several salvage grocery stores, including:

  • Grocery Outlet (Multiple locations)
  • Second Change Discount (1818 5th Rd in Bremen)
  • Phil’s Discount Grocery (124 S Broadway St in Butler)
  • 20 East Discount (23810 E US-20 in Elkhart)
  • Dented Can (25743 IN-119 in Goshen)
  • Triple T Outlet (4496 IN-13 in Leesburg)
  • Losantville Discount Grocery (9502 US-35 in Losantville)
  • Raber’s Kountry Store (14493 State Rt 19 in Macy)
  • Forks County line Stores (508 E Warren St in Middlebury)
  • Miller’s Discount Store (402 Walnut St in Millersburg)
  • L&M Foods (10581 State Rte 19 in Nappanee)
  • 24 30 Surplus (218 State Rd 930 W in New Haven)
  • Bailey’s Discount Center (5900 S Range Rd in North Judson)
  • North Webster Discount Store (635 N Main St in North Webster)
  • Rocky Ridge Discount Grocery (3210 E 650 N in Rochester)
  • Forks County Line Store Inc (7900 E North Village Dr in Shipshewana)
  • Dutch Discount Grocery (10390 In-56 in Vevay)
  • Discount Warehouse of Warsaw (510 E Market St in Warsaw)
  • Michiana Wholesale LLC (2515 221 S Hand Ave in Warsaw)

Unfortunately, some of Indiana’s discount stores have gone out of business, including:

  • Woodland Variety Store (Bremen)
  • Angelo’s Inc (Indianapolis)
  • Jamestown Discount Variety (Jamestown)
  • Mishler’s General Store (Millersburg)
  • S&P Discount Grocery (Mishawaka)
  • Bargain Barn Grocery (Peru)
  • Sherman & Lin’s Discount Inc (Warsaw)
  • Woodland Variety Store (Bremen)
  • Angelo’s Inc (Indianapolis)
  • Jamestown Discount Variety (Jamestown)
  • Mishler’s General Store (Millersburg)
  • S&P Discount Grocery (Mishawaka)
  • Bargain Barn Grocery (Peru)
  • Sherman & Lin’s Discount Inc (Warsaw)

Iowa

Iowa has several salvage grocery stores, including:

  • Save A Lot (multiple locations)
  • Highway 2 Discount Groceries (19686 IA-2 in Bloomfield)
  • Schmucker’s Bulk Foods & Discount Grocery (54359 IA-14 in Chariton)
  • New Discount Market (3207 Douglas Ave in Des Moines)
  • Carters Discounts Grocery (Fairbank)
  • 150 Discount Store (1664 150th St in Hazleton)
  • Yoder’s Discount Groceries (1452 130th St in Hazleton)
  • Central Discount Grocery (2298 540th St SW in Kalona)
  • Vantage Discount Grocery (4789 Timber Ave in Lime Springs)
  • Luana’s Smart Shopper (306 Main St in Luana)
  • Heartland Discount (102 W Main St in Riceville)
  • Siouxland Bent n Dent (720 Jackson St in Sioux City)
  • Frugal Finds (316 W 5th St in Waterloo)
  • Surplus Grocery (316 W 5th St B in Waterloo)

Unfortunately, some of Iowa’s best discount stores have gone out of business.

  • Discount Food Outlet (Cedar Rapids)
  • Bread of Life Market (Charles City)
  • Centsable Discount Market (Dallas Center)
  • Woody’s Discount Food Outlet (Marengo)

Kansas

Kansas has a few options for discount groceries.

  • Save A Lot (multiple locations)
  • Meridian Grocery (101 S Meridian Rd in Newton)
  • Payless Discount Foods (2101 E Santa Fe St in Olathe)
  • Mr. Thrifty’s Discount Grocery & Surplus (605 SW 6th Ave in Topeka)
  • Second Chance Foods (4826 SW Topeka Blvd in Topeka)
  • Yoder Discount Grocery (3518 E Red Rock Rd in Yoder)
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