Exciting stuff... 2009 will bring Austin three spiffy new natural food stores including Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocer, and Newflower Farmers Market.
Fall 2009, Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market will be opening in Rollingwood in the Mira Vista shopping center at Bee Caves Road and Edgegrove Drive, in the current Office Max space. Sprouts will also take up a portion of the John Williams Interiors space. John Williams Interiors will be closing their Rollingwood location this month and consolidating into their Anderson Lane space, which they plan to be bigger and better with more design resources.
Colorado-based Natural Grocer will be opening at 3901 Guadalupe in Hyde Park in the next couple of months.
Newflower Farmers Market will be opening a new location at William Cannon and Manchaca next month. NFM fashions itself after Trader Joes, selling a large portion of private label product lines and price conscience produce. This is especially good news for South Austinites who have been hoofing it all the way to Whole Foods downtown or Sun Harvest on Lamar up until now.
That will make 8 good sized natural food markets in Austin, a city of less than 1 million people (not including burbs).
Note to self for further research one day when I have some "free" time (that's a joke) ... what city has the highest # of natural food stores per capita?