Where Foodies celebrate every day.
What makes Central Market one of the freshest markets in the country? Try a sumptuous selection of everything edible, for starters. We go straight to the source to bring you some of the finest foods Texas and the rest of the world have to offer. With hundreds of cheeses, thousands of wines, acres of produce, and aisles of experts, Central Market is for everyone really into food.
But our commitment beyond the plate is the real reason we’re a cut above. We believe food is a way of uniting families and communities to one collective dinner table, of preserving our cultures and our traditions. And that is something that should be celebrated every day. Each of our stores is a market in the truest sense – a place to exchange not only goods and services but also ideas. With community rooms, cooking classes, live music, and much more at every location, we spend every day celebrating what food is all about: bringing people together.
We do this through our commitment to offering an unmatched selection of domestic and imported goods, classes to educate you about new and traditional cooking techniques, celebrations of different foods throughout the year, visits from world-renowned chefs, special Foodie finds that are unique to our market, services that make occasions extra special, outstanding customer service, and, of course, the right prices.
We believe that your shopping list should be more like a Foodie bucket list. When you walk down our aisles, we hope you will be inspired to feed your curiosity and grow your own passion for food.
H-E-B and Central Market: Cultivating our roots.
In 1992, Charles Butt acquired a special piece of property on the corner of 38 1/2 Street and Lamar in Austin. His goal was to build not just another grocery store, but a destination market that would turn food shopping into a culinary adventure by providing unparalleled products and customer service. He turned to John Campbell, whose 30-year career at H-E-B began as a store checker, to make it all happen.
Campbell’s quest to create a different kind of grocery store took him to the world’s finest markets for inspiration. On his journey, he had an epiphany. Rather than carry products that customers could find almost anywhere, he decided Central Market would feature a wide array of foods never before offered in Texas.
H-E-B opened the first Central Market in Austin in 1994. It was quickly dubbed “an amusement park for food lovers.” The European-style fresh market concept amazed shoppers and chefs alike, and the store quickly became one of Austin’s most popular tourist destinations. In fact, it boasts an average of 2 million visitors each year!
After years of witnessing customers drive hundreds of miles to stock up on fantastic food finds at the original Central Market, H-E-B decided to bring the Central Market experience to San Antonio, Houston, and a second location in Austin. By 2002, Central Market had added three more stores in Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth, each one a fun and unique addition to the Central Market family.
In 2006, the eighth Central Market opened in Southlake, increasing the company’s presence in North Texas. A ninth store was added to the corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane in Dallas in 2012. Each debut of a Central Market location has attracted national attention for its innovative grocery experience that brings a must-have quality-of-life enhancement for food lovers.
The Central Market Experience: Encounter your own eatery epiphany.
Central Market is the place that brings everyone together for one reason: a love for food. If you haven’t been, we invite you to come explore. You’ll please all five senses with new sights, smells, and tastes from our fresh coffees, just-baked breads, assortment of cheeses, racks of wines, and peak-of-season produce. Our appetite for the freshest products knows no bounds, and our commitment to customer service is unrivaled.
Whether you’ve just boiled your first pot of water or you own your own restaurant, you’ll find that Central Market is the destination for new food experiences and delights.