how to open your own grocery store

FAQs About How to Open Your Own Grocery Store

Wondering how to open your own grocery store? It’s a straightforward process when you partner with Save A Lot. We’ve been in the discount grocery space for decades and have created a proven model that has found success through all economic environments. Here, review a few of the questions we’re most frequently asked about the Save A Lot model. Don’t see your question listed? Get in touch with our team – we’d love to share the information you need.
How Much Does It Cost to Open a Save A Lot?
That depends on factors like where you’re located, real estate prices in your area, and so forth. Previous projects have ranged between $700,000 for existing stores with similar footprints, to $2+ million for a ground up prototype. We typically look for licensees with a net worth of $1 million and $300K in liquid capital – that should be enough to open a new Save A Lot store. Of course, licensees are free to seek out third-party financing to manage some of the investment costs.
Because we’re not a franchise, you won’t find a franchise fee in our investment breakdown.
When you contact us, be sure to ask about our $200K new store incentive – this goes a long way towards keeping your costs low during your first years in business.
What Do I Need to Do to Open My Own Grocery Store?
Opening any new business takes hard work, so you should expect to put time and effort into learning our business model, finding the right location, building it out, stocking it with your initial inventory, and creating a grand opening marketing campaign. That said, you can count on our team to walk you through each one of these steps, providing you with guidance and assistance along the way.
Why Should I Choose Save A Lot Instead of Another Grocery Store?
Save A Lot has many competitive advantages built right into our business model, too many to list here. A few of the reasons to choose our model include:
• A limited SKU count allows you to provide maximum selection in a small store.
• Because we operate our own Distribution Centers and work with a carefully curated selection of brands, our prices are competitively low. Stores like ours are part of a changing landscape where consumers are turning to discount chains.
• Our stores have sales floors that are often just 10,000square feet, so it’s easy for shoppers to get in and out with what they need.
• Licensees enjoy strong training and support throughout the life of their businesses.
What Qualifications Do I Need to Open a Save A Lot?
If you’re serious about starting your own grocery store and have the necessary capital to get started, you could be a great fit for Save A Lot. Prior grocery experience is always helpful but not required.
Ready to learn more about how to start your own grocery store? Contact Save A Lot today.

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Minnesota

  • No Current Locations

Florida

Distribution Center

Plant City D.C., 4003 Amberjack Boulevard, Plant City, FL 33566

  • Apopka
  • Arcadia
  • Archer
  • Auburndale
  • Avon Park
  • Bartow
  • Bayonet Point
  • Belleview
  • Bradenton
  • Bronson
  • Brooksville
  • Chiefland
  • Clearwater
  • Clermont
  • Clewiston
  • Crescent City
  • Cross City
  • Crystal River
  • Dade City
  • Daytona Beach
  • Deland
  • Deltona
  • Dunedin
  • Dunnellon
  • Eustis
  • Fort Pierce
  • Frostproof
  • Ft Myers
  • Ft Pierce
  • Gainesville
  • Gulfport
  • Haines City
  • Holiday
  • Holly Hill
  • Hollywood
  • Hudson
  • Inverness
  • Jacksonville
  • Kenneth City
  • Kissimmee
  • Labelle
  • Lake City
  • Lake Placid
  • Lake Wales
  • Lakeland
  • Largo
  • Leesburg
  • Lehigh Acres
  • Live Oak
  • Longwood
  • MacClenny
  • N Fort Myers
  • NORTH PORT
  • New Port Richey
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Ocala
  • Orlando
  • Pahokee
  • Palatka
  • Palm Bay
  • Perry
  • Plant City
  • Port Orange
  • Port Richey
  • Riverview
  • Sanford
  • Sarasota
  • Sebring
  • Seffner
  • Seminole
  • Spring Hill
  • St Augustine
  • St Cloud
  • St Petersburg
  • Starke
  • Sun City
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Temple Terrace
  • Titusville
  • Umatilla
  • Wauchula
  • Wildwood
  • Winter Garden
  • Winter Haven
  • Zephyrhills

New York

Distribution Center

Coxsackie D.C., 1 Van Bergen Street, West Coxsackie, NY 12192

  • Potsdam
  • Bath
  • North Collins
  • Rome
  • Johnson City
  • Gouverneur
  • Ontario
  • Lancaster
  • Albion
  • Canton
  • Tupper Lake
  • Dansville
  • Gloversville
  • LeRoy
  • Newburgh
  • Cheektowaga
  • Buffalo
  • Ogdensburg
  • Plattsburgh
  • Fort Plain
  • Watertown
  • North Tonawanda
  • Cortland
  • Port Jervis
  • Lackawanna
  • Albany
  • Hornell
  • Alden
  • Blasdell
  • Jamestown
  • Silver Creek
  • Dunkirk
  • Rochester
  • Chaffee
  • Peekskill
  • Newark
  • Warsaw
  • Batavia
  • Fulton
  • West Seneca
  • Hamburg
  • Elmira
  • Niagara Falls
  • Kenmore
  • Wellsville
  • Salamanca
  • Troy
  • Lakewood
  • Syracuse
  • Oneida
  • Rotterdam

Vermont

  • No Current Locations

New Hampshire

  • No Current Locations

Ohio

Distribution Center

Austinburg D.C., 2692 Sidley Court, Austinburg, OH 44010

  • Peekskill
  • Newark
  • Warsaw
  • Batavia
  • Fulton
  • West Seneca
  • Hamburg
  • Elmira
  • Niagara Falls
  • Kenmore
  • Wellsville
  • Salamanca
  • Troy
  • Lakewood
  • Syracuse
  • Oneida
  • Rotterdam
  • Sandusky
  • Pomeroy
  • Hubbard
  • Zanesville
  • Springfield
  • Fostoria
  • Eastlake
  • Rogers
  • Streetsboro
  • Parma
  • Canton
  • Caldwell
  • Mansfield
  • Chillicothe
  • Peebles
  • Greenfield
  • Euclid
  • Shelby
  • Painesville
  • Kenton
  • Bethel
  • Conneaut
  • Wooster
  • Stow
  • Cleveland Heights
  • West Union
  • Athens
  • Wadsworth
  • Ashland
  • Brunswick
  • Orrville
  • Alliance
  • Akron
  • Struthers
  • North Randall
  • Reynoldsburg
  • Salem
  • Lima
  • Lancaster
  • Tallmadge
  • Elyria
  • Uhrichsville
  • Middlefield
  • Barberton
  • Upper Sandusky
  • Dayton
  • Youngstown
  • Cleveland
  • McConnelsville
  • North Olmsted
  • Massillon
  • Middletown
  • Portsmouth
  • Whitehall
  • Amherst
  • Barnesville
  • Parma Heights
  • Ashtabula

Virginia

  • Hopewell
  • Norfolk
  • Hampton
  • Richmond
  • Petersburg
  • Mt Jackson

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Sioux City

South Carolina

  • West Union
  • Laurens
  • Pickens
  • Union
  • Goose Creek
  • North Charleston
  • Anderson

Oklahoma

  • Ardmore
  • Shawnee
  • Tulsa
  • Holdenville
  • McAlester
  • Tahlequah
  • Idabel
  • Weatherford

Mississippi

  • Clarksdale
  • Jackson
  • Gulfport
  • Brookhaven
  • Pascagoula
  • Batesville
  • Canton
  • Meridian
  • Yazoo City
  • Greenwood
  • Pearl
  • Westpoint
  • Houston

Maryland

Distribution Center

Williamsport D.C., 9822 Prosperity Lane, Williamsport, MD 21795

  • Bladensburg
  • Temple Hills
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Oxon Hill
  • Greensboro
  • Cumberland
  • Dundalk
  • Salisbury
  • Seat Pleasant
  • Frostburg
  • Hancock
  • Hagerstown
  • Baltimore
  • Arbutus
  • Forestville

Delaware

  • Seaford
  • Millsboro
  • Wilmington
  • Claymont
  • New Castle

Texas

Distribution Center

Fort Worth D.C., 1201 John Burgess Drive, Fort Worth, TX 75050

  • Dallas
  • Texarkana
  • Mineral Wells
  • Ft Worth
  • Athens
  • Paris
  • Sherman

Maine

  • Lewiston
  • Portland
  • Caribou
  • South Paris
  • Waterville
  • Presque Isle
  • Farmington

Connecticut

  • Meriden
  • Hamden
  • Hartford
  • Waterbury
  • Bridgeport

West Virginia

  • Keyser
  • Warwood
  • Wayne
  • Summersville
  • Welch
  • Cross Lanes
  • Martinsburg
  • Kenova
  • Scott Depot
  • Fairmont
  • Elkins
  • Hinton
  • E Huntington
  • Pineville
  • Cedar Grove
  • Beckley
  • New Martinsville
  • Parkersburg
  • Huntington
  • Pennsboro
  • Kingwood
  • Charles Town
  • Sissonville
  • Danville
  • Clendenin

Tennessee

Distribution Center

Humboldt - D.C., 235 Highway 45 West, Humboldt, TN 38343

  • Milan
  • McKenzie
  • Dickson
  • Fayetteville
  • Parsons
  • Knoxville
  • McMinnville
  • Athens
  • Red Bank
  • Chattanooga
  • East Ridge
  • Dunlap
  • Greeneville
  • Oneida
  • Dayton
  • Cleveland
  • Sweetwater
  • Wartburg
  • Hixson
  • LaFollette
  • Sparta
  • Union City
  • Smithville
  • Columbia
  • Savannah
  • Covington
  • Madisonville
  • Tracy City
  • Rogersville
  • Woodbury
  • Nashville
  • Decherd
  • Jamestown
  • Crossville
  • Lafayette
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Celina
  • Manchester
  • Gainesboro
  • Gallatin
  • Elizabethton
  • Livingston
  • Monterey
  • Tennessee Ridge
  • Memphis
  • Brownsville
  • Lexington
  • Jackson
  • Lavergne
  • Carthage
  • Spencer
  • Madison
  • Tellico Plains
  • Dyersburg
  • Millington
  • Centerville
  • Murfreesboro
  • Cookeville
  • Whitwell
  • Pikeville

Pennsylvania

  • McConnellsburg
  • Perryopolis
  • Lancaster
  • Sharon
  • Bradford
  • Chambersburg
  • Erie
  • Kane
  • York
  • Reading
  • Lock Haven
  • Altoona
  • Waynesboro
  • Upper Darby
  • Beaver Falls
  • Brookhaven
  • Butler
  • Corry
  • Mt Pleasant
  • Cheltenham
  • St Marys
  • Bedford
  • Johnstown
  • Pittsburgh
  • Darby
  • Harrisburg
  • Wilkes Barre
  • Titusville
  • Uniontown
  • Lebanon
  • North Versailles
  • Millsboro
  • Philadelphia
  • Franklin
  • Meadville
  • Norristown
  • New Castle
  • Tyrone
  • Clearfield
  • South Williamsport
  • Folcroft
  • Du Bois

New Jersey

  • Bridgeton
  • Lindenwold
  • Hamilton
  • Atlantic City
  • Pennsville
  • Newark
  • Hillside
  • Ewing
  • Camden
  • Pennsauke
  • Orange
  • Paulsboro

Michigan

Distribution Center

St. Johns D.C., 1701 Technical Drive, St. Johns, MI 48879

  • Rockwood
  • Bay City
  • Rogers City
  • Flint
  • Pontiac
  • Kalamazoo
  • Benzonia
  • Ypsilanti
  • Caro
  • Traverse City
  • Gladwin
  • Battle Creek
  • Harrison
  • East Jordan
  • Taylor
  • Grayling
  • Houghton Lake
  • Benton Harbor
  • Muskegon
  • Holland
  • Newaygo
  • Alpena
  • Clare
  • Baldwin
  • Cadillac
  • Stanton
  • Belding
  • Sault Sainte Marie
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lincoln Park
  • Dowagiac
  • Detroit
  • Jackson
  • West Branch
  • Corunna
  • Marshall
  • Mt Morris
  • Manistee
  • East Tawas
  • Parchment
  • Saginaw
  • Cedar Springs
  • Cheboygan
  • Paw Paw
  • Port Huron
  • Cutlerville
  • Westland
  • Highland

Lousiana

Distribution Center

Hammond D.C., 11077 Hwy 190 West, Hammond, LA 70404

  • Baton Rouge
  • Minden
  • Kenner
  • Chalmette
  • Hammond
  • Gretna
  • Franklinton
  • Metairie
  • Houma
  • DeRidder
  • New Orleans

Indiana

Distribution Center

Muncie D. C ., 2301 North Priority Way, Yorktown, IN 47396

  • Clinton
  • Linton
  • Connersville
  • Washington
  • Hammond
  • Richmond
  • Kouts
  • Rensselaer
  • Vincennes
  • Merrillville
  • Grabill
  • Rochester
  • Kokomo
  • Valparaiso
  • Scottsburg
  • Terre Haute
  • S Bend
  • Elkhart
  • Union City
  • Rushville
  • Jeffersonville
  • Roselawn
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Wheatfield
  • Spencer
  • Hartford City
  • Fort Wayne
  • Indianapolis
  • Princeton
  • Michigan City
  • Delphi
  • Brookville
  • Sullivan
  • Knox
  • Topeka

Georgia

  • Macon
  • Elberton
  • Vidalia
  • Statesboro
  • Cairo
  • Moultrie
  • Tifton
  • Valdosta
  • Cordele
  • Americus
  • Columbus
  • Dalton
  • Brunswick
  • Ft Olgethorpe
  • Blairsville
  • Douglas

Colorado

  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Longmont
  • Northglenn
  • Westminster
  • Aurora
  • Commerce City
  • Greeley
  • Pueblo
  • Thornton

Wisconsin

Distribution Center

Edgerton D.C., 200 Interstate Boulevard, Edgerton, WI 53534

  • Racine
  • Milwaukee
  • Amery
  • Fond du Lac
  • West Allis
  • Green Bay
  • Stevens Point
  • Keshena

North Carolina

Distribution Center

Lexington Distribution Center, 133 Lexington Parkway, Lexington, NC 27295

  • Wilson
  • Rockingham
  • Roanoke Rapids
  • Greensboro
  • Sanford
  • Kannapolis
  • Charlotte
  • Durham
  • Eden
  • Greenville
  • Murphy
  • Gastonia

Massachusetts

  • Holyoke
  • Springfield
  • Indian Orchard
  • New Bedford

Illinois

Distribution Center

Granite City, #29 West Gateway Commerce Center Dr., Edwardsville, IL 62025

  • La Salle
  • East St Louis
  • Granite City
  • Chicago
  • Galesburg
  • Richton Park
  • Peoria Heights
  • Midlothian
  • Pittsfield
  • Paris
  • Urbana
  • Auburn
  • Rockford
  • Rock Falls
  • Pinckneyville
  • Carbondale
  • Danville
  • Springfield
  • Alton
  • Clinton
  • Belleville
  • Du Quoin
  • Effingham
  • Waukegan
  • Pekin
  • Quincy
  • Beardstown
  • S Chicago Heights
  • Decatur
  • Monmouth
  • Aurora
  • Pana
  • Georgetown
  • Metropolis
  • Benton
  • Fairfield
  • Kewanee

Alabama

  • Bridgeport
  • Huntsville
  • Gadsden
  • Athens
  • Anniston
  • Jasper
  • Birmingham
  • Northport
  • Midfield
  • Sylacauga

Kansas

  • Wichita
  • Kansas City
  • Overland Park

Kentucky

Distribution Center

Winchester D.C., 4000 Corporate Drive, Winchester, KY 40391

  • Williamsburg
  • Shelbyville
  • Flemingsburg
  • Pineville
  • Hodgenville
  • Danville
  • Corbin
  • Jenkins
  • Beattyville
  • Mount Sterling
  • Owenton
  • Irvine
  • Harlan
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Morgantown
  • Paris
  • Munfordville
  • Cave City
  • Eminence
  • Whitley City
  • Vanceburg
  • Cynthiana
  • Virgie
  • Bowling Green
  • Barbourville
  • Pikeville
  • Lexington
  • Harrodsburg
  • Columbia
  • Ashland
  • Richmond
  • Stanton
  • Evarts
  • Fall Rock
  • Louisville
  • Winchester
  • Phelps
  • Goody
  • McKee
  • Brandenburg
  • Stanford
  • Inez
  • Morehead
  • Maysville
  • Russell Springs
  • Hardinsburg
  • Liberty
  • Martin
  • Glasgow
  • Albany
  • Warsaw
  • Mayfield
  • Whitesburg
  • Hindman
  • Campton
  • Scottsville
  • Louisa
  • Frankfort
  • Carlisle
  • Jackson
  • Georgetown
  • Mt Vernon
  • Garrard
  • Paintsville
  • Somerset
  • West Liberty
  • Leitchfield
  • Middlesboro
  • Grayson
  • Versailles
  • Owingsville
  • Berea
  • Monticello
  • Olive Hill
  • Hazard
  • Hyden
  • Nicholasville
  • London
  • Bardstown
  • Lancaster
  • Sandy Hook
  • Salyersville

Rhode Island

  • Pawtucket
  • Pawtucket
  • East Providence
  • Providence

Missouri

  • Ironton
  • Hermann
  • Cedar Hill
  • Park Hills
  • Sedalia
  • De Soto
  • Dexter
  • New Haven
  • St Clair
  • Arnold
  • Sikeston
  • Camdenton
  • Wentzville
  • St Louis
  • Farmington
  • Bonne Terre
  • Florissant
  • Laurie
  • Neosho
  • Versailles
  • Jefferson City
  • Ste Genevieve
  • Bowling Green
  • Independence
  • Cuba
  • Kansas City
  • Hannibal
  • Pacific
  • St Charles
  • N Kansas City
  • Poplar Bluff
  • Owensville
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Potosi
  • Gladstone
  • Otto
  • Springfield
  • Pevely
  • Overland
  • Forsyth

Arkansas

  • Casa Grande
  • Flagstaff
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Yuma