Distributors in Texas
New data from the Census showed that the younger generation is moving to Texas cities in large numbers. Because this key demographic is beginning to call this state home, distributors in Texas should look for opportunities to launch new products or expand existing ones in this territory.
What are the most populated areas of Texas?
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the number of residents. Second to only California in population, Texas is home to many highly populated areas. Distributors in Texas should focus on these cities:
- Houston: Located near the Gulf of Mexico, Houston has an estimated population of over 2.2 million.
- San Antonio: Named one of the fastest growing cities between 2000 and 2010, San Antonio now has over 1.4 million residents.
- Dallas: Not only is Dallas the third most populated Texas city with close to 1.3 million residents, it’s also one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S.
- Austin: With over 900,000 residents already, Austin is only expected to grow further in the next few years.
- Fort Worth: Close to Dallas, the Fort Worth area has over 800,000 residents.
Texas is a unique state, known for its rural way of life in some parts and its fast-paced, big city lifestyle in others. Distributors in Texas should be knowledgeable about the different demographics within each of these highly populated areas.
What types of independent stores are there in Texas?
Distributors in Texas have the opportunity to pitch to world-famous, large chains as well as these smaller, successful independent stores:
Distributors in Texas should plan on targeting the many independent grocery stores in this state. There are a number of independent markets and ethnic grocery stores that cater to the large Hispanic population, especially in cities that border Mexico. Although there are many large grocery chains in Texas, independent grocery stores serve niche, highly populated markets.
Liquor Stores & Smoke Shops
Distributors in Texas have access to the many independent smoke shops that have popped up all over the state, especially in larger areas such as Austin. Distributors in Texas should be aware that there are several “dry” counties in Texas, meaning no alcoholic beverages can be sold. However, in all other counties, independent liquor stores exist alongside the growing market of big players. New entrants into the market, especially Spec’s and Total Wine, have greatly impacted the independent liquor store business in Texas.
Wagon Jobbers in Texas
Wagon jobbers in Texas will be well received by these independent stores who demand immediate deliveries, new, interesting products and reasonable prices to satisfy the growing population of Millennials. There are also opportunities for wagon jobbers in Texas to distribute ethnic products, especially to independent stores in southern Texas.