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United Grocery Outlet is a highly reputable closeout grocery merchant buying and selling almost anything found in a supermarket. We began in 1974 in the small Tennessee town of Etowah, and were known as the Bargain Barn. The original concept for our business was that customers “Eat Better For Less.” Beginning with $1,000 of working capital and using the corner of an antique store as their store front, founder Michael Tullock and his parents started purchasing closeout, seconds, and irregulars from two manufacturers. Within a few weeks, the Tullock’s grocery business had driven out the antiques, but no one dreamed it would grow into the 38-store chain, with over 900 employees working in six states that it is today! The company’s headquarters and distribution center are located in Athens, Tennessee. Full-time associates benefits include paid holidays and vacation as well group insurance. All associates are eligible to participate in the company’s Profit Sharing Plan. DFW & EOE Employer M/F/D/V. Join Us in Our Mission which is to Serve our Customers, our Associates and our Suppliers.