Avez and Alia Bashadi are the owners of the South San Jose Grocery Outlet. Avez grew up in a family-owned grocery store in Kentucky, got a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky, and became a manager for Walgreens after college. He then worked his way up the retail ladder to become a District Manager for grocery retailer Aldi in Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida.
Alia was born and raised here in San Jose, California. She got a bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. She worked in banking and sales, most recently in commercial real estate advertising in San Francisco. The Bashadis took ownership of the South San Jose store in 2011.