The foundering economy is providing a boost to Michigan grocery stores that sell overstocked, damaged and expired products at deep discounts.
Owner Morrie Gabrielse of Morrie's Grocery Outlet in Hudsonville just southwest of Grand Rapids says his store sells food in damaged packaging for half price.
Gabrielse tells WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids that he buys products in bulk to help his customers save money. He recently picked up 10,000 Hickory Farms gift boxes that wholesale for $13 or $14 each but will be priced at $4.99 at Morrie's.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture inspects stores that sell salvage groceries, just as it does more traditional grocery stores. The state allows the sale of damaged products but cautions shoppers to examine them closely.