It’s hard to think of any type of food store that Port Chester lacks. The village has everything from Costco to corner bodegas; your standard Stop and Shop, your gourmet Tarry Market, and your specialty La Placita, with whole sections devoted to Colombian and Peruvian goods.
So it’s no small thing for Jane Stout (in photo below) to come in and declare that she has opened a one-of-a-kind food store.
It’s called That Discount Place, and it proudly sells goods that were discontinued, overstocked or stamped a “best by” date from, say, July. Modeled on the “salvage grocery stores” of the Midwest and South, her store offers a changing assortment of goods at about 30 to 60 percent off the usual prices. (Note the dented cans in top photo.) Stout says the products are safe, if not always perfect, likening her store to “the aisle of misfit groceries.”
She opened Oct. 29 on the corner of Irving Avenue and North Pearl Street. For those who have questions about the “best by” dates, she refers customers to the USDA. Such dates are guidelines and not “safety dates,” says a USDA fact sheet. Other than infant formula, products are not generally required to be dated.
For customers who aren’t satisfied with the merchandise, the store accepts returns within five days.