"Salvage" grocers cash in on closeout products

Surplus or "salvage" grocers, such as SharpShopper, Amelia's and Grocery Outlet, posted increases in sales last year as the buying habits of consumers shifted amid surging food and gasoline prices and a flagging economy. "When the economy gets tight, we tend to attract new customers. Groceries are one place where people can do things to save a lot of money," said Amelia's President Mike Mitchell.

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