The Highland Park Village's Tom Thumb location has been long gone, but the replacement grocery remained a mystery until yesterday when Austin-based Royal Blue Grocery announced they would open in the renovated space. The grocery is expected to open in early October.
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While Royal Blue Grocery is based in Austin, the Highland Park Village location is locally owned by Dallas residents Zac Porter, Emily Ray-Porter and Cullen Potts. Dallas' newest grocery will cover 6,000 square feet over two levels and be devoted to produce, a bakery, a butcher counter, plus deli, floral, beer, wine and household items. Customers can purchase gourmet wine and Clorox in one go.
The fancy grocery is also taking a cue from the new Whole Foods locations that have opened in the area, offering ready-made meals across breakfast, lunch and dinner. While Royal Blue Grocery doesn't offer a bar for tossing back cold ones after a long day of pushing the cursor across the screen, it does offer a coffee bar. So, there's that. A café space will seat 70 who want to sit down and eat.
The best part, for neighborhood locals, is the hours. The grocery will be open from 7 a.m.-midnight daily.