Grocery Shopping in Music City

One of the great joys I found upon moving to Nashville was the fact that the Kroger on Franklin Pike is open 24/7. Being a smallish-town Texas kid, the only grocery store I’d heard of growing up was H-E-B, and not even the local Sonic was open all night. But here in Music City, a whole new world of possibilities unfolded before me. Powdered donuts at midnight? No problem. Toilet paper at 6:47 in the morning? Easy. But there are more grocery needs than just where to buy avocados at 1 AM, and conveniently other grocery stores.

The city is home to all manner of grocery hot spots. Once upon a time, one of these was Harris Teeter, a chain recently replaced by Kroger. Harris Teeter is no more, so don’t get tricked if you’re told to find one around Nashville. All you’ll run into is the Kroger on 21st.

Despite the disappearance of Harris Teeter, there’s a store and a grocery selection for everyone – poor college kids, organic eaters, vegans who pine for baked goods that actually taste like baked goods, people who are generally suspicious of meat, twenty-somethings who exclusively eat mac & cheese and folks who weren’t allowed to eat white bread as children. Below are some of the grocery stores with more options for buyers seeking organic and healthy foods (also ice cream made without dairy products):


The Produce Place
4000 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 383-2664
Monday through Friday, 9am-6:30pm
Saturday, 8am-6pm

*Stocks oodles of local vendors and farmers and sells pre-made organic meals. Also less than a five minute walk away from Star Bagel and Local Taco.

Whole Foods
4021 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 440-5100
Sunday through Saturday, 8am-10pm

*Stop by the Whole Body store on your way out for natural soaps, stuff made out of plants and essential oil-based fragrances and skincare products!

Trader Joe’s
3909 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 297-6560
Sunday through Saturday, 8am-9pm

*Cheap chocolate, delightful seasonal food items, inexpensive flowers and stove-top gnocchi are just a few perks of shopping here. Heads up, parking is a nightmare on Sunday afternoons.

In case you seek grocery stores that are homogeneous across the states and offer more reconcilable prices, there’s always Kroger and Publix. These are interesting because they have similar formats but are still distinct.

Kroger is typically hailed as being altogether less expensive than Publix, and furthermore offers access to gas discounts (check out their fuel program if you’re interested in learning more). With cash-saving Kroger cards available to anyone and a gradually expanding organic/healthy eats aisle, Kroger is a worthy opponent for Publix.

Publix boasts a wider selection of organic, grass-fed and pesticide-free groceries, and more clout as far as community service and community resources are concerned. You can join free clubs that give you monthly deals for baby products and pet-care supplies, and if you register with your child’s school, a portion of the profits Publix earns from your purchase will eventually go toward your school.

Here are a handful of Kroger and Publix locations around Nashville. There are plenty more stores speckled throughout the city, so note that these are just some in high traffic areas.

Kroger Stores around Nashville

2131 Abbott Martin Rd
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 297-7531
Open 24 hours

2201 21st Ave S

Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 981-8847
Open: 6am-midnight

2615 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-2720
Open 24 hours

800 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 256-6506
Open 6am-11pm

4560 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 269-5649
Open 24 hours

Publix Stores around Nashville

4324 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 279-2038
Open 7am-10pm

6614 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 352-1055
Open 7am-10pm

7604 US-70S
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-1870
Open 7am-10pm

**Heads up, friends, wine and liquor are finally available in Tennessee grocery stores as of July 1st!