By Erica Cheng, John Henry Perera
Dec 13, 2023
A trio of new grocery stores and markets are making their debut in the Greater Houston area. From Sugar Land to Galveston, each one is offering something different for their customers.
Houston's grocery scene has seen several major developments this year. A few months ago, Kroger gave Chron a first look at its newest concept in Southbelt. The grocer featured exclusive products and signage tailored specifically to its Hispanic-majority neighborhood. H-E-B also expanded its Joe V's brand to Katy, and Whole Foods closed its Midtown location with a big 50 percent discount on all product.
The good news is that two out of three of these stores are opening this week. You can check them out below:
Seafood City, a Filipino grocer, will debut its first Texas location later this week. The California-based chain's newest store is filling out the old Conn's building off the Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land. Instead of furniture and appliances, guests will hopefully find authentic Filipino fare, such as lumpia, banana ketchup and Filipino-style spaghetti sauce. The supermarket also offers an array of fresh seafoods as well as other proteins. We haven't had a good look at the insides just yet, but the other 32 locations across the country also boast food courts and bakeries.
15237 Southwest Freeway; seafoodcity.com
99 Ranch Market
Still on the west side but a bit further in, another California-based supermarket chain is setting up shop. 99 Ranch Market is set to anchor the new West on West development near Westchase and Briar Forest. Like its two other locations in the area, the grocery store is an "Americanized" take on the Asian shopping experience. Customers can expect warm lighting, spacious aisles stocked with regional goods and a fun food court near the front. I have fond memories of picking up pomfret fish and sweating over a bowl of spicy crawfish at the Blalock location off I-10.
12220 Westheimer; 99ranch.com
Gordon Food Service Store
Not quite your typical grocery, this Michigan supplier caters to restaurants looking for higher-end product. The Galveston Daily News reported the store will open in the first half of 2024. The chain already has three locations around the Houston area, but this will be the first on the island. If the League City store is any indication, customers can expect to find fresh meats, produce, kitchenware and other supplies.
2402 45th; gfsstore.com
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