One of the questions we get asked often from relocation clients is, “what grocery stores in Austin?” Rest assured that Austin has a fantastic grocery offering in addition to being a city known for catering to many common dietary restrictions.
If you’re new to Texas, you’ll be thrilled to discover H-E-B, a regional grocery chain focused on Texas. H-E-B focuses on low prices and large selection. Shoppers will find everything from locally grown produce, a complete meat counter and bakery. You’ll also find that Texans are passionate about their love of H-E-B and it will only take one visit for you to see why.
The H-E-B company also has a high-end grocer, Central Market. Think of Central Market as H-E-B’s version of Whole Foods. With premium meat, produce and grab-and-go options, it’s a good option if you’re willing to spend a bit more money for higher quality.
Trader Joe’s is a recent-ish addition to the Austin grocery scene. For those not familiar with Trader Joe’s, it’s a national grocery chain that sells and stocks mostly private label, natural products at low prices. While Trader Joe’s has multiple stores around Austin, its convenient location on Walter Seaholm Drive has become a go-to option for many living downtown. For those without cars, it can be accessed from all downtown condos by foot or bike.
Randalls is a banner under Albertson Companies. So for those of you familiar with Safeway, Randalls is the Texas reincarnation. Randalls carries many of the same private label brands like O Organics, Lucerne and Primo Taglio, the interior of the stores is virtually identical. You’ll notice that Randalls is often not as busy as other grocery stores in Austin and they are all located outside of the city center.
With the recent news of Amazon buying Whole Foods, you may have learned that Whole Foods is actually headquartered in Austin. Their flagship store is located at 6th & Lamar and has an impressive offering: everything from a sushi bar, multiple ready-to-go hot offerings and a BBQ counter. (Hint: Their brisket is delicious.) The store is also well-known as a meeting spot for health & fitness minded Austinites.
Sprouts is a national grocery chain that focuses on natural, organic & gluten-free items. If you have diet restrictions, Sprouts is a great place to shop as it offers a variety of gluten and dairy substitutes. Sprouts is also known for its large selection of vitamins and supplements. Again, these stores tend to be less crowded and are all located outside of the city center.
Thinking of Relocating to Austin?
Check out our Tips for a Successful Relocation Experience. We relocated to Austin from San Francisco about 6 years ago now and know exactly what you are going through. We’ve also helped many families do the same and can help you too. We know the city better than a native and will make your move as easy as possible. Check out our Austin Home Buyer section to learn more about the types of housing Austin has to offer. Then, email us at info@11OaksRealty.com or call us at (512) 827-8323 to schedule a time to discuss your move.