Shannon Carter loves everything about Hutto, but one thing.
"You know, everything is really close here except the stinking grocery store,” she said. “If we could get a grocery store here, it'd be great."
Hutto is booming with dozens of new shops and the city is prepared for new development, but the Williamson County town still lacks a grocery store for its residents.
“One of the things that we hear consistently from our citizens is the need for a grocery store," Hutto Assistant Manager Micah Grau said.
For residents, a major grocery store is more than just a matter of convenience. It would help to build their sense of community.
"It's where you run into your neighbors,” Tom Britton with Hutto’s Chamber of Commerce said. “Right now, we run into our neighbors in Taylor and Pflugerville and Round Rock."
Hutto residents have now organized and are working on building a petition, asking a major grocer to come to town.
"I don't care. It can be HEB, it can be Randall's,” Carter said. “I just want somebody that I can go to here."
Residents say momentum is building.
"We're doing what we can on our end, as a city, to go out and meet with grocers and try to tell them all the great things about Hutto," Grau said.
And the people that live here want grocers to know there’s money to be made in east Williamson County.
"I'm not going anywhere,” Carter said. “Whichever company decides to bring it in, they'll get our business."
Hutto-area residents that want to get involved can sign the petition at City Hall, or online at Change.org.