After sitting empty for six years, the former DeLano's Market space on South Van Ness near 24th Street if finally coming alive again as a Grocery Outlet, starting next week. Mission Local brings the news of the bargain market's debut, $5 million in construction and 18 months later, after the chain initially expressed interest back in 2015, and Planning OK'd the move last May.

Grocery Outlet, as some of you may know from its other Bay Area locations, sells name-brand and often high-quality goods at deep discounts because of deals they strike with distributors to take over-inventory stock and foodstuffs nearing their expiration dates. Franchisee Eric Liittschwager, who opened his first Grocery Outlet two years ago in Visitacion Valley, points Mission Local to a pallet of coconut water they just got in that usually retails for $4.29 per package and they'll be selling at $1.49.

Grocery Outlet will be competing, from the opposite end of the Mission district, with Foodsco, which similarly sells discounted groceries in a big-box store setting at 14th and Folsom.

The ribbon cutting for the store happens next Thursday, March 9, and the grand opening is on March 11 at 11 a.m.

Grocery Outlet - 1245 South Van Ness Avenue near 24th Street - Opening March 11