Grocery Store Wars Heat Up
Houston's grocery store wars heat up with massive new stores butting heads in the same hot neighborhood
Whole Foods' great Houston expansion continues. The Austin-based grocer, known for its extensive selection of organic goods and high-quality prepared foods, has now set April 8 as the opening day for its relocated Woodway store.
The new site replaces a Randalls flagship store that had been a staple in the area. At 45,000 square feet, the new Woodway Whole Foods is almost twice the size of its gorcery store predecessor and only about 10,000 square feet smaller than the massive, newly opened Galleria area store at BLVD Place II.
Between the arrival of this new grocery store and H-E-B's plans to relocate to a new store at the corner of San Felipe and Fountain View, the Tanglewood/Briar Grove/Memorial area is set for a massive shopping upgrade in 2015. That new H-E-B will include the in-store restaurant Table 57 Dining & Drinks, which will feature a menu designed by former Haven chef Randy Evans.
Elsewhere, Whole Foods has set March 18 as the opening date for its new store in The Woodlands. The 40,000 square foot store will be part of the luxurious Hughes Landing development.