retail grocery business

What Does It Take to Open Your Own Grocery Store?

If you’re curious about how to open your own grocery store or improve the performance of a store you already own, you’re in the right place. Save A Lot has helped hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs in getting their own grocery store business off the ground. So what does it take to be successful? Here, we share our own tips based on what we look for in new retail partners.

Diverse Business Experience Wanted

We don’t look for a particular skill set or background in our licensees. They come from all walks of life and many different career paths. While prior experience in the grocery space is helpful, we do not require it to get started. A few types of people who often are a great fit for Save A Lot include:

  • Professional investors looking to add grocery stores to their portfolios
  • Hospitality industry veterans who are ready to go into business for themselves
  • Current grocery store owners whose stores could be performing better
  • Grocery store managers and corporate leaders who are ready to put their experience to work in their own business

Do any of these descriptions sound like you? If so, there’s a good chance you’re qualified to open your own Save A Lot.

Solid Financial Qualifications

Save A Lot retail partners should have a net worth of $1 million and liquid assets totaling $300K. We’ve found that this level of capital makes it possible to open a retail grocery business without compromising. Of course, we also encourage potential licensees to connect with business partners and/or third-party lenders in order to help manage the initial investment.

Passion for Excellence

Save A Lot has a well-established retail grocery business plan that covers everything from getting your store ready to open to operational procedures once it’s up and running. Prospective retail partners should be dedicated to mastering the Save A Lot system. We’ll be with you every step of the way and help you to leverage the many resources that will help you start off on the right foot. For instance, we support licensees when it comes to:

Retail partners who thrive in this system are serious about learning everything we have to offer and implementing best practices every day. One of the significant advantages of partnering with us, rather than going it alone, is that we’ve spent years fine-tuning a system proven to work.

Running a grocery store takes hard work and commitment, but Save A Lot’s proven model offers you a grocery store licensing opportunity with numerous competitive advantages, such as an in-house supply chain, discounted prices, and stores that maximize convenience. Our formula for success takes the guesswork out and sets us apart from other grocery chains.

If you’re curious about how to open your own grocery store, contact Save A Lot today! We’d love to share more information about the licensees we work with every day.

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Minnesota

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Florida

Distribution Center

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

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New York

Distribution Center

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

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Vermont

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Ohio

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

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Virginia

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Iowa

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South Carolina

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Oklahoma

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Mississippi

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Maryland

Distribution Center

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

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Delaware

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Texas

Distribution Center

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

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Maine

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Connecticut

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  • Hartford
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West Virginia

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  • New Martinsville
  • Parkersburg
  • Huntington
  • Pennsboro
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  • 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
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  • Dayton
  • Cleveland
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  • Columbia
  • Savannah
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  • Brownsville
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  • Lavergne
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Pennsylvania

  • McConnellsburg
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  • Lancaster
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  • Bradford
  • Chambersburg
  • Erie
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  • York
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  • Folcroft
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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