You don’t have to leave the North Side for much these days if their grocery stores are to be believed. While downtown is still working on its first H-E-B, our neighbors to the north of 410 have all the groceries money can buy. Here’s the lowdown on some of the less ubiquitous supermarket chains.
Green Fields Market
19239 Stone Oak, (210) 495-4644
Founded by Tracy and Nelson Wolff (yes, that Nelson Wolff, also responsible for Sprouts), the 17,000-square-foot Stone Oak store focuses on quality health food at a low cost. Complete with a bakery, deli and cheese sections, locally roasted coffee, sustainably raised meat and seafood, Texas microbrews and wines, and more than 400 items in bulk, Green Fields Market is right up there with the best of them.
Sprouts Farmers Market
Three words: Double Ad Wednesdays. With locations scattered throughout Loopland at Callaghan, Nacogdoches and Henderson Pass, Sprouts Farmers Market has the bulk market on lockdown. You’ll find aisles of vitamins, supplements and digestive powders alongside bins of fresh produce and buckets of trail mix, grains and beans. The chain, which has locations throughout the Southwest, bills itself as the healthy, natural and organic grocers that work with any budget.
Trader Joe's Sonterra Village
403 N Loop 1604 W
This new location was first rumored in September and later announced in November. It’ll join its Quarry counterpart as the second TJ’s to hit the area. The California-based chain will sit on 12,500 square feet, making it just a tad larger than the Quarry location. Look for the store to open in later 2014.
Whole Foods Market Vineyard
18403 Blanco, (210) 408-3110
As the second Whole Foods Market in San Antonio, the Vineyard location is a massive 40,000 square feet. Furthermore, the spot is making use of its space by providing area shoppers something more akin to Austin’s flagship location off Lamar than the small market many are already familiar with in the Quarry. Shoppers will find a large produce section, aisles of bulk goods, a bakery, prepared foods and best of all, Bar Blanco. The bar, located next to the cheese department (obviously) offers Texas brews on tap, for in-store drinking and available to-go.