The Goose Community Grocer is owned by Goosefoot. Profits from the store are invested back into the community through a grants program, which has distributed over $1 million since 2014 to over 30 nonprofits serving South Whidbey Island.
Goosefoot never meant to own a grocery store when it purchased a large portion of the Bayview Center shopping plaza in 2005. But when the Red Apple grocer declined to renew its lease in 2008—also the year of the Great Recession—we had no choice but to take over ownership. The alternative was an empty 21,000 sq. ft. space in the middle of an already suffering retail location.
Fortunately, we partnered with The Myers Group (MG), who were brought in to oversee the renovation and day-to-day management of the Goose. MG, headquartered locally in Clinton, manages many grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. The space was completely gutted and cleaned. To save as much money as possible during difficult times, used equipment was purchased and the cement under the old flooring was buffed up and coated. (Many customers were quite pleased when new flooring was finally installed in 2015!)
In September 2009, the new Goose Community Grocer opened to much fanfare. However, it did take 5 years for the Goose to find financial stability and, eventually, enough profit for Goosefoot to begin giving back to the very community that shops there. Improvements are made regularly to enhance the shopping experience and to ensure a steadily growing customer base.
We appreciate our Goose customers and take pride in being a true community grocery store! Our annual Easter egg hunt and apple pie contest are great fun. You may encounter a local producer sample table or wine tasting while shopping. And every two years, we throw a huge customer appreciation party, featuring free food, live music, games, and contests. Thanks for shopping the Goose! You are directly responsible for making our grant program possible. Learn more about our community grant program here.
Visit the Goose Grocer website.