Austin-Based Royal Blue Grocery Store to Open in Highland Park Village

The 5,500 square foot store will open in the space formerly occupied by Tom Thumb on July 1.

royalblue2Just off the phone with HPV empresario Ray Washburne. Last night he inked a deal with the Royal Blue Grocery, a popular Austin “urban market.” The 5,500 square foot store will open in a space at the end of the territory formerly occupied by Tom Thumb on July 1. Update: The storefront will face Preston Road.

“It’s going to be so cool,” Washburne says. “It will carry all of the basics and have a deli counter and other cool stuff.” Currently there are five locations of Royal Blue Grocery in Austin. The shelves are lined with unique coffees, meats, “grab and go” foods, and beer and wine.



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  • J.R.

    oh great. I’m sure those products will be really affordable given the rents he’s charging.

  • Fan

    This is fantastic! I’ve been to Royal Blue a number of times in Austin. Can’t wait.

  • ABA

    Does empressario mean ego centric d bag?

  • twinwillow

    I’ll wait for new Fresh Market store to open in Turtle Creek Village.

  • A. B.

    Neat. Tom Thumb stocked all the basics and had a deli counter and other cool stuff, too.

  • Critic

    There will not be much selection with only 5500 sq ft. . The Royal Blue Grocery appears to be going into the old Goop space not the old Tom Thumb location.

  • Zachary Maynard

    Nancy, might not want to use the Highland Park Village acronym… I laughed a little when i read that first line.

  • David Stinson

    For people who have way more money
    than they have good sense.

  • Susan

    Disgusting. Our local pharmacy & affordable quick grocery is gone to be replaced by a glorified 7-11? Wow. Quick in & out? No way. Hello- it faces Preston.

  • Ryan

    “it’s going to be so cool” says the empressario of the most ridiculous monument to narcissism and frivolity in a state full of them. What is so cool about a tiny grocery store with no parking? Get back in touch with reality people.

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  • anonyg00se


    You’re supposed to walk there, mayne. No need to even own a murderbox in Austin.

    How are you Texans so absolutely fucking backwards?