The opening of Austin Walgoreens’ first 24-hour grocery store on Thursday marks a milestone in the global expansion of grocery delivery services, as it gives the chain a foothold in the nation’s largest metropolis.
The Austin Walgate supermarket, located at 904 South Congress Avenue, is located in the former home of Trader Joe’s, a chain with more than 3,000 stores in the U.S. and more than 200 worldwide.
Austin Walgathes first store opened in 2018.
The new 24-Hour grocery store is the second Walgreen grocery store to open in Austin in less than two years.
In February, Walgens first 24 Hour grocery store opened just north of the Austin Public Library, near its current location.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Walgo’s founder and CEO, Mark Smith, said the Austin store opened “on a Thursday night.”
He said it was an honor to be a part of this project, but that he didn’t expect the store to be as successful as it has been.
“I think that we’ve built a brand, we’ve got a good brand, and we’re going to build a brand that is going to be loyal and loyal customers that will buy from us,” Smith said.
Smith told HuffPost that his goal with the store is to bring fresh food to as many people as possible.
Walgos goal is to serve as many as 100 people daily at the first 24 hours of operation, but Smith said that will depend on demand.
“If you look at the numbers, we’re just about 40 percent of the population,” he said.
“We’ve got to get that to 30 percent to 50 percent, to really start seeing a significant increase in people coming in to buy our groceries.”
Smith said he is confident in the store’s future.
He added that the Austin grocery store serves as a model for other grocery stores around the country.
“The Austin store is actually a model we can replicate, because we can serve as much fresh food as we want and then, after that, we can have our own stores and make money from that,” he explained.
“So we have a very, very clear model to go after with our stores.
We have a lot of great stores around us and we are going to replicate that.”
The Austin grocery shop will also serve as an example of a chain that is growing in a city with a low population density.
The Austin Public library opened its new 24 Hour location last fall, with the Austin Walga stores expected to open around the same time.