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The liquidation and discount store offers same great service, and owner Heidi Kropf encourages customers to check back often for new products

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - The Grocery Bandit team, pictured from left: Owner Heidi Kropf, Angela Blanchard, Dylan Fletcher, Harold Miller and Karan Padbury.

Prineville's Grocery Bandit, Discount and Liquidation, has changed ownership.

The new owner, Heidi Kropf, officially took over on April 1. Established in 2013, Grocery Bandit is a discount and liquidation store located in Prineville. Specializing in non-perishable groceries, they also offer frozen products, home goods, general merchandise, buckets and barrels.

Although products vary from week to week, there is a variety of food products, including teas, soda drinks, juices, cake mixes, cookies, candy, chips and crackers, nuts, granola bars, frozen meats and some gluten-free food. They also carry Eberhard's Dairy products.

There is also an assortment of dog and cat food and accessories. Shoppers can find home furnishings and an assortment of batteries. There is also a variety of cosmetic products. In addition to these items, there are seasonal items, hunting and fishing gear and clothing (sometimes).

Kropf started her first discount and liquidation store in Harrisburg in 2011. She did her due diligence in researching how to open a discount store. She indicated that she started out small and built it up as she gained more customers. The name of her store in Harrisburg is Grocery Deals.

She also helped the previous Prineville owner of the Grocery Bandit get established in 2013.

"He ran this for eight-and-a-half years, and the whole time, we were back and forth splitting loads and doing business and talking numbers," indicated Kropf.

When the Prineville owner voiced his desire to sell the Prineville store, she decided to buy it in April 2022.

"He really didn't want to sell to just anybody," she added. She was able to step into the role easily, with her experience.

Kropf indicated that she has added a lot more product. Items are changed up often, although there are always certain kinds of items offered consistently, and the brands and specifics change often, depending on availability.

"We get a good variety of everything, and it just changes up all the time — by the season or by the buy. Everything we get is usually 50% to 75% off of what regular retail value is, because we get it at a closeout. We cannot always pick what we get, but we get it at a closeout," explained Kropf.

She added that they can offer their customers deep discounts by seeking out discount and liquidation goods and purchasing them in copious quantities, often by the truckload.

According to their website, "We source our products both from large national vendors that deal in overstocks and items pulled from the shelves of national chain stores, as well as from small local vendors and distributors. Items are often seasonal, overstocks, past their "best by" dates or have damaged packaging."

Kropf pointed out that most of their inventory is name brand, and she is trying to bring in new and exciting products into the store.

"Our inventory constantly changes, so keep checking back every week, because products change all the time."


Grocery Bandit

Owner: Heidi Kropf

Address: 1220 NW Gardner Road

Phone: 541-447-7777

Hours: Monday-Saturday

9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Helpful hints on date labels are also available from their internet site, and on the Department of Agriculture website. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, this is what the date labels mean:

Sell-by date tells the store how long to display the product for sale.

Best if used by (or before) date is recommended for best flavor or quality.

Use-by date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality.

Pull date or expiration date means the recommended date the food should be pulled from sale allowing the consumer time for normal home consumption or the date the food should no longer be offered for sale or sold as fresh.

Packing date means the date specifying the time a perishable food was packaged in its final form for sale to the consumer.

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