About Us

GC Buying Group has been dedicated to the success of the independent retailer since 1981. We are the leading and original Buying Group in the housewares industry. We currently have over 350 store locations across the nation. Our mission is to keep the independent retailer independent, while providing solutions for competition and alleviating big box advantages. Our goal is your success.

Gourmet Catalog negotiates merchandise discounts with over 150 vendors, and freight allowances and special dating for members. Multiple Member Meetings are held each year with an exclusive member trade show in January. Store networking opportunities and the Members-Only website allow members to stay ahead of their competition.

Janis Johnson

Founder & President

Janis Johnson has a natural instinct to challenge and reinvent norms, propelling GC programs to new heights and driving her team to attain individual success within the Group.

Nikki Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Nikki has played an essential role in the growth of the company through her strong relationships, passion for the industry and creative problem solving nature.

Stephanie Rogers

Technology Coordinator

Stephanie has gained firsthand knowledge of the many layers of technology, specifically online marketplace shopping, and guides Store and Vendor Members through all processes of

Jaci Milliron

Store Coordinator

Jaci, member of the GC Team since 2011, has an acute attention to detail that enhances everyday operations and provides Store Members with quality service.

Maryann Samsa

Buying Group Director

With years of retail experience, Maryann’s firsthand knowledge helps her act as a liaison among the Store Members, Vendor Members and the Group.

Ethan Hamme

Business Development Coordinator

With 40+ years of industry knowledge, Ethan manages the Dallas Showroom and easily navigates both sides of the aisle, assuring Stores and Vendors the optimum experience via GC Buying Group membership perks and programs.

Jill Robinson

Team Coordinator

Jill has past experience working with both stores and vendors, bringing an added level of knowledge to the GC Group. At ease interacting with buyers on merchandising, assortment planning, and category evaluation, Jill also assists vendors with data entry for dedicated webpages – making her the ideal go-to for team support.

Gretchen Kirchner

Marketing & Design Coordinator

With a background in social media and a master's in marketing, Gretchen directs the team's initiative for marketing and design projects.

Bianca Roa

Administrative Associate

Bianca, works with the team to coordinate data entry of products for GC Vendors webpages that benefit online purchase ordering and CreateMyPlace.

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