Grocery Outlet to open doors in Molalla soon
Those braving the construction traffic on Main Street/Highway 211 in Molalla can see the soon-to-be Grocery Outlet structure getting closer and closer to completion.
The store, located at 120 S. Leroy Ave., is on pace for an Aug. 19 grand opening, according to owners Racheal and Brandon Donnelly, with crews stocking the shelves starting next week.
"We are excited and honored to bring Molalla and the surrounding community big savings on name-brand, high-quality groceries," Racheal and Brandon said.
The Donnelly pair has about 30 years of grocery experience between the two of them. They worked for Safeway/Albertsons before taking on the King City Grocery Outlet in 2018, a store that transferred ownership on July 19 so Racheal and Brandon could focus on the Molalla store.
The couple has a 2-year-old daughter named Olivia, whom they said customers can expect to see running around the store. They live in Wilsonville and have family in the Molalla area.
"I … am very excited to add their energy and positivity to the already dynamic Molalla business community," Molalla Planning Director Mac Corthell said of the couple.
Racheal and Brandon have already hired a full staff, including store co-managers Paige Cooper-Woodard and Brandon's brother Mike Donnelly.
Cooper-Woodard began working with the Donnelly family at King City in 2018.
"She started day one as our produce manager and did an absolutely amazing job," Brandon said in a Facebook post. "She grew the sales in produce by over 40% in just two years. That's insane. She did that by having the highest of standards, strict attention to detail and by outworking just about everyone in the store."
Brandon offered equal praise for his brother, who has been his best friend since the age of 13, when they "stopped fighting every day." Mike joined the Donnelly Grocery Outlet team at King City in 2019, anticipating becoming the store manager when they were able to move to Molalla.
"Mike has spent the last couple years eating, breathing and sleeping Grocery Outlet," Brandon said. "He has learned how to be in any department and learned how to manage the store as a whole. Mike is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure the store is taken care of. He has made it his priority to see the store through the customers' eyes to ensure the customer experience is better than expected, with a heightened focus on the front end to ensure we don't have long check stand lines."
Racheal and Brandon said the Molalla community has already welcomed them with open arms, and they look forward to meeting everyone in-person soon.
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