Weston Urban announced Royal Blue Grocery’s next location will be in downtown San Antonio, on the ground level of the Savoy Building on Houston Street.
Royal Blue Grocery, which originated in Austin, is bringing its urban market concept to downtown San Antonio and the ground level of the Savoy Building on Houston Street. Credit: Courtesy / Sammis & Ochoa

Workers began installing a sign in early April, and now a company spokesman has announced that the highly-anticipated Royal Blue Grocery has a soft opening Saturday, with the official opening set for Monday.

Shoppers looking for fresh produce, grab-and-go prepared meals, and pantry staples can start shopping at 7 a.m. The store, which was expected to open last fall, is located at Houston and Soledad streets and remains open until midnight.

Call it an upscale bodega, fancy corner store, or urban market, but San Antonio will get its first Royal Blue Grocery at the corner of Houston and Soledad streets on the ground level of the historic Savoy Building.

Weston Urban announced in February 2018 that the compact urban market, which already has six locations in Austin and one in Dallas, has selected San Antonio’s downtown tech corridor for its next Texas store.

“The Houston Street location and the opportunity to partner with Weston Urban in this emerging district of San Antonio made this opportunity a no-brainer for us,” stated Craig Staley, Royal Blue Grocery’s co-owner. “It feels like an exciting time for San Antonio, and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Founded by Staley and George Scariano in 2006, Royal Blue stocks an array of grocery offerings, from coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go foods to conventional grocery and convenience items, as well as locally sourced products.

The design process for the San Antonio store is underway. It will occupy the street-level space in the Savoy Building, where technology investment firm Scaleworks established its new headquarters in September 2017.

Scaleworks acquires, invests in, advises, and operates business-to-business software-as-a-service companies and currently has seven companies in its portfolio.

“We’re excited to welcome Blue Grocery to our beautifully renovated building,” said Ed Byrne, Scaleworks partner. “We think it’ll be a fantastic addition not only for employees and visitors of Scaleworks, but for those working downtown or passing by during a quick trip.”

Scaleworks' new office is located in the historic Savoy Building at 113 E. Houston St.
The historic Savoy Building on East Houston Street. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Weston Urban CEO Randy Smith pointed to the market-rate housing on Houston Street, such as the Maverick Building, and jobs being created and relocated downtown, as two of the important factors that helped bring Royal Blue to the city. The new Frost Bank tower is under construction just two blocks down Houston from the Savoy.

“Every vibrant town and every urban developer across the country would love to have a Royal Blue Grocery,” Smith stated. “To have looked at all of the opportunities presented to them and to choose Houston Street and the Savoy speaks volumes about what we’ve been able to accomplish as a community. This provides significant affirmation for all of the work and progress happening in downtown San Antonio.”

Downtown got its first sizable grocery store in 2015 when H-E-B opened its South Flores Market near the King William and Southtown neighborhoods.

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Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is the development beat reporter for the San Antonio Report.