Royal Blue Expands

Austin boutique grocery expands to high-profile Dallas neighborhood

Austin boutique grocery expands to high-profile Dallas neighborhood

Royal Blue Grocery Austin downtown
The five Royal Blue Grocery stores in Austin are all in the central downtown area. Photo courtesy of Royal Blue Grocery

Royal Blue Grocery, the Austin-based urban market with lots of prepared foods to go in addition to supermarket basics, is expanding to Dallas' Highland Park Village. It will replace a space previously occupied by Tom Thumb. 

Royal Blue spokesman David Staley did not return emails, but HPV owner Ray Washburne said the deal was signed, with an opening targeted for July 1.

Tom Thumb announced its intent to leave the center Highland Park Village a year ago and finally closed in November 2014; rumors of its replacement were tossed around, such as Dean & DeLuca.

There are five Royal Blue Grocery stores in Austin, all in the downtown area and each custom-fitted to its neighborhood. For example, one in a residential building offers lots of to-go meals. Insert joke here about what might best suit Park Cities locals. All Royal Blue Grocery stores feature Stumptown Coffee, and some have nitro cold brew on tap.

At 5,500 square feet, the new market will not take up all of the old Tom Thumb space, which was small even by supermarket standards at 18,500 square feet.