Goodbye Minimax

Beloved Austin neighborhood grocery store sold after 60 years in business

Beloved Austin neighborhood grocery sold after 60 years in business

Crestview Minimax IGA grocery store North Austin
Ownership of Crestview Minimax IGA changes on Monday. Crestview Minimax IGA/Facebook

After six decades in business, the beloved Crestview Minimax IGA has been sold. As of Monday, the grocery store will be operated by San Antonio-based Bexar County Markets, Inc., reports KVUE

Located in the heart of Crestview, the Minimax has been a staple of the Austin neighborhood since the Prellop family opened it in 1953. Owner Ronny Prellop, who took the reins from his father in 1991, tells KVUE it's time to retire. 

During its 63 years of operation, the local grocery held its own against big-name competition from the likes of H-E-B. The family-owned store is known for its exceptional meat counter, fully stocked beer cave, and old Austin vibe. 

"You can't advertise enough to beat the loyalty of our customers," Prellop tells KVUE.

The change in ownership signals a new identity for the Crestview Minimax, but a new name has not yet been revealed. Bexar County Markets, Inc., the new owner, also operates the Arlan's Market chain, which has two locations in Austin.