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Meet Gregory Stellatos of Go Grocer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory Stellatos.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Gregory. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It started about 10 years ago when my brother Paul and I discovered a need for healthy, quick food options in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area when we were walking around with our close friend Jon Cotay (then owner of Akira). We noticed the neighborhood was bustling with boutiques and restaurants, but no real grocery options. My brother came up with the idea with add craft beer and wine…and Go Grocer was born. We are now in several locations throughout Chicago. We also do catering, wholesaling and have a bar in Logan Square called Go Tavern.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Absolutely not. The grocery industry has very slim margins so expired product, payroll, operating expenses, etc are always tightly watched. We want to make sure we can run the business as optimally as possible to help provide the best experience possible while maintaining competitive prices.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Go Grocer story. Tell us more about the business.
Go Grocer was founded on the desire to provide fresh, wholesome and specialty products to its customers. We also serve as an avenue for local producers and vendors to sell their products. We are passionate about working closely with our neighbors to cater each store to the specific needs of the area while maintaining our core vision.

We are very well known for our prepared foods. We make sandwiches, salads, entrees, fruit trays and many other pre-made meal options on daily basis. We are one of the only small format grocery stores where you can get a salad made in house, a local draft beer, artisanal cheese, and fresh meat all in 1 stop.

We are also open to at least midnight at most of our locations.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe luck has played any role. Luck is winning the lottery. Luck is getting something you don’t deserve. My brother and I have worked restlessly and tirelessly since Day 1 to grow Go Grocer to where it is today.

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