Food Town, a Houston-focused grocer, is celebrating 30 years of tailored customer service and quality products this year.

Store officials will celebrate the anniversary by offering special markdowns and hosting in-store events, according to a May 1 news release.

The backstory

Food Town’s first location opened April 28, 1994, at 2040 South Richey St., Pasadena, by lifelong grocer Ross Lewis and six associates. The store now has 29 locations in the Greater Houston area, according to the news release.

With a focus on providing affordable access to national brands and high-quality products, the team ensured their success by housing their stores in pre-existing retail locations with products catering to the surrounding neighborhoods, according to the release.

“These guys didn’t just have the grocery business in their blood, but they had Houston’s best interests at heart,” Food Town President Mike Lewis said in the release. “They put thought into everything from the prices they offered to where they did business.”

What else?

The store launched its mobile app, Food Town+ in early 2020, followed by the addition of Instacart delivery in 2023.

The store also has curbside pick-up at two locations, including:
  • 9725 Fondren Road, Houston
  • 7121 Broadway St., Pearland
Company leadership said they are also looking to expand this to other locations one store at a time, according to the release.

Going forward

Looking ahead, Lewis said the grocer may have new locations join the brand, but the company’s focus will stay on the Houston area.

“We’re proud of our Houston roots, and we have no plans of expanding outside of the place we know and love,” he said. “For three decades now, we’ve been the local grocer our friends and neighbors trust. That’s who we want to continue to be for many years to come.”