Local shoppers to gather at the Sandy Grocery Outlet

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A trio of cash mobbers gather early to remind shoppers that a one-hour cash mob is needed at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Sandy Grocery Outlet store, 36701 Highway 26. Pictured, from left, are Lacy Renard, Lisa Foster and Debbie Grimes from the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce is reminding local shoppers that it’s cash mob weekend. Each third weekend of the month cash mobbers gather at a local business that is announced just days before the mob arrives.

The August cash mob — which includes anyone who wants to support independent, locally owned businesses — begins its work at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Each voluntary participant is being asked to bring $5, $10 or $20 to make a purchase at the mobbed business, this month at the Sandy Grocery Outlet.

Besides the main purpose of supporting local businesses with a financial boost, there are some other benefits of cash mobs, such as the social factor and free advertising for the business through the timeworn word-of-mouth method.

For people who have never visited Grocery Outlet, they gain the awareness of what the business has to offer and why its prices are consistently low.

Chamber member Lisa Foster says she loves Grocery Outlet for its customer service and “the wide selection of food and international cheese and wines.”

Recognizing the explosive nature of the growth of cash mobbing, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has planned more cash mobs for the third Saturday of each month. Each will be at a different business, and announced in The Post and on the chamber’s website about four days in advance.

For information about local cash mobs, call the chamber at 503-668-4006.

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