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Branson - 11 Handy Stores for Groceries & Everything You Forgot to Pack!

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Branson - 11 Handy Stores for Groceries & Everything You Forgot to Pack!

Groceries, shampoo, Alka Seltzer, sunscreen, a replacement pair of sunglasses for the pair you sat on and, wouldn’t you know it, you forgot to pack your curling iron!  We love telling you about the entertainment you’ll find in Branson, and about where to shop for souvenirs, clothes, and other “fun” stuff to take back home, but what about those times - and everyone has them - when you need the basics?  Forgot socks? Didn’t pack enough diapers for the baby? You remembered your golf clubs, but forgot that you were down to your last golf ball? No worries! Branson has you covered - all over town, in pretty much every area, you’ll find everything from convenience stores to pharmacies.  We’re not listing every pharmacy, convenience store, or other basic needs stores in this post (there are two Walmarts, but we decided to give you other options,) but there’s certainly enough here to make it easy to find what you need!

If you’re staying in a condo, cabin, campground, or lodging anywhere else that allows for preparing a meal or two and staying in for dinner, you’ll need to find a convenient market or two.  Here’s where to buy groceries in the Branson area:

1.  Country Mart:  This popular, mostly local grocery store (there are four in the Branson area, and two in Kansas,) offers a wide variety of produce, meats, frozen foods, packaged shelf items, beer/wine/liquor and, at the location on Highway 248, a nice selection of health foods and imported items.

Locations:  1447 State Highway 248, Branson (417.334.2101) - 200 Southtowne Boulevard, Hollister (417.334.3383) - 18128 State Highway 13, Branson West (417.272.8248) - 15720 US Highway 160, Forsyth (417.546.2101)

Hours:  Branson & Hollister: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   Branson West & Forsyth: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Additional Services & Special Features:  ATM (all) -- Bistro-To-Go (all) -- Western Union (all) -- Starbucks (Branson & Hollister) -- floral/plants department (all) -- bakery (all) -- catering (all) -- hot/barbecued meats prepared onsite & ready-to-eat (may not be available at all times and at all locations)

Take Note:  Products and services differ among the four locations - call ahead for special requests.

2.  Rhodes Family Price Chopper:  The only full-service grocery on Branson’s famous Strip - Highway 76 - Price Chopper is a favorite for locals, and features a butcher-manned meat department, fresh salad bar, a large liquor section, health foods including gluten-free, Mexican groceries, and bakery - and everyone loves their “Salad Bar Tuesdays!”

Location:  2210 West Highway 76, Branson (417.334.6438)

Hours:  6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Additional Services & Special Features:  salad bar & hot meals (dine or take out) -- Western Union -- check cashing -- stamps -- copy & fax services -- catering -- floral/plants department -- bakery -- deli -- motorized mobility carts

Take Note:  Salad Bar Tuesdays can get busy, they’re even known to host tour buses.

3.  SunFest Food Market:  This small but well-stocked market is one of those hidden treasures, but special enough, even area residents will go out-of-their-way to shop here!  Onsite meat cutters offer personal service, hot foods are available daily to go, and everyone loves their chicken and seafood Fridays. Check out the produce section, you’ll often find locally grown items like tomatoes, as well as hydroponically grown produce.

Location:  Cross Creek District of Branson - 225 Cross Creek Boulevard - Highway 76 curves around Cross Creek on Mount Branson.  (417.239.1166)

Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Additional Services & Special Features:  hot foods & boxed meals to go -- indoor/outdoor plants -- cut flower bouquets -- hot/barbecued meats prepared onsite & ready-to-eat -- select locally grown produce -- bakery -- locally produced milk -- firewood

Take Note:  To save indoor space for merchandise, shopping carts are located outside the store - grab one before you head inside.  Smaller carts are available when you only need a few items.

4.  Harter House:  A small, regional chain that’s well-known for its’ large meat counter, and a well-trained staff of meat-cutters providing special request cuts and other services.  Their Branson area location is in the neighboring town of Hollister, and the other store is in neighboring Kimberling City - both offer first-rate meat counters and service.

Locations:  175 Gage Drive, Hollister (417.336.3616) - 11798 State Highway 13, Kimberling City (417.739.4811)

Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Additional Services & Special Features:  large meat counter staffed by professional meat cutters -- seafood -- party trays -- gift baskets -- beer/wine/liquor -- grocery carry-out service offered (free & no tipping)

Take Note:  You’ll love their lightweight, easy rolling heavy-duty plastic shopping carts!  Higher end, premium liquors may be kept at the customer service counter.

Need aspirin?  How about special vitamins or supplements?  Need access to a prescription you get filled at Walgreens back home?  Here are several Branson area pharmacies:

5.  Family Pharmacy:  This regional pharmacy chain operates five Branson-area locations, offering an expanded selection of medical supplies and equipment and nice gift shop items. If you’re looking for over-the-counter pharmacy items, or need to fill a prescription from local urgent care or hospital services, this is an excellent option for friendly customer service.

Locations:  1494 State Highway 248 - Suite D, Branson (417.334.8117) - 225 Cross Creek Boulevard - Suite A, Branson (417.334.5069) - 180 Mall Road - Suite A&B, Hollister (417.334.9006) - 18192 Business 13 - Suite A, Branson West (417.272.8966) - 14974 State Highway 160, Forsyth (417.546.8200)

Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday & 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday for Highway 248 location in Branson - all other area locations: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday & 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday

Additional Services & Special Features:  medical supplies and equipment -- compounding & flavoring -- delivery service -- 24/7 hotline once a prescription is filled -- gift shop section -- drive through window

Take Note:  Not all products and services will be available at every location.  Every location is found in a plaza shared with other businesses. Parking at the Highway 248 store is limited.  See SunFest Food Market for more directional information for the Cross Creek location.

6.  CVS Pharmacy:  Branson offers two locations for this popular national brand - a free-standing store on Loyd Street near Historic Downtown, and a location in the Target store.  You can expect to find the usual prescription services, as well as a variety of over-the-counter medications and supplies.

Locations:  105 Loyd Street, Branson (417.336.1131) - 1200 Branson Hills Parkway, Branson (417.243.4513)

Hours:  Loyd Street location: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday & 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and the store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days -- Target location: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday & 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Additional Services & Special Features:  vaccinations -- photo printing service -- drive through window -- dairy items -- frozen foods -- beer/wine/liquor -- cosmetics -- personal care items -- greeting cards -- toys -- gift items available at the Loyd Street store -- the Target location offers all of these services, and more, in the Target store, with the exception of drive through window service.

Take Note:  Although the address is Loyd Street, that CVS location faces Main Street/Highway 76 and sits right across from an on/off ramp for Highway 65.  The Target location is in Branson Hills, just a minute or so south of the Highway 76 exit off 65. (You’ll also find a Walmart Super Center in Branson Hills that features a Walmart Pharmacy.)

7.  Lakeland Pharmacy:  This small, local pharmacy specializes in medical equipment and supplies, and carries those hard-to-find items that often have high price tags at hospitals and clinics.  They’re popular with residents for their above-and-beyond professionalism and customer service.

Locations:  1232 Branson Hills Parkway - Suite 205, Branson (417.336.4701) - 18565 Business 13, Branson West (417.272.8064)

Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday & 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday

Additional Services & Special Features:  compounding services -- specialty drugs -- diabetic shoes -- orthotic braces -- lift chairs -- mobility aids -- supplement/vitamin bundle packs -- nutraceuticals

Take Note: Lakeland offers medical aids and items not found elsewhere in the area, as well as helpful information on the special nutritional/medicinal supplements and medications they carry, but make sure you consult with the pharmacist and/or your physician before adding anything to your health or medical treatment regiment, including anything available over-the-counter.

8.  Walgreens: There are three Walgreens’ locations in the Branson area, with both offering pretty much the same services and products, including photo printing, minor medical services like vaccinations and blood pressure checks, and a large cosmetics and personal care items department.

Locations:  210 MO Hwy 165 at intersection with Highway 76 (417.339.3996) - 106 Silver Thread Lane off Highway 13, Branson West (417.272.1112) - 101 Industrial Park Drive at the intersection with Birch just off 65 (417.336.6901)

Hours:  Branson location: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday and store is open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days - Branson West location: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday and store is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 7 days - Hollister location: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday and store is open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday

Additional Services & Special Features:  compounding services -- photo shop -- vaccinations -- drive through window (Hollister & Branson West) -- blood pressure check -- dairy items -- frozen foods -- beer/wine/liquor -- cosmetics -- personal care items -- greeting cards -- toys -- separate register counter in cosmetics department

Take Note:  The Hollister location is parallel to Highway 65 and right near the entrance ramp.  There is also a Lowe’s, Menard’s, Arrowhead Building Supply, two grocery stores, a Dollar General, and several dining options at the same exit.

Want more options, especially money-saving ones, for picking up some basics?  You’ll find plenty of Dollar General Stores in the area, including here:

9.  Dollar General:  A hugely popular discount basic goods store chain, there are many Dollar General stores in the two-county area that Branson calls home.  The store is known for offering a variety of goods, including packaged foods, both frozen and shelf items (some locations have larger frozen food sections,) paper products, diapers, pet products, cleaning supplies, general household items, decor, cosmetics, and more.

Locations:  1447 State Highway 248, Branson (417.332.0516) - 416 South Business US Hwy 65, Historic Downtown Branson (417.243.0865) - 260 Cross Creek off Highway 76, Branson (417.231.9980) - 160 Southtown Boulevard, Hollister off Highway 65 (417.336.5285) - 3889 State Highway 176, Rockaway Beach (417.302.1027) - 8454 East State Highway 76, Branson West (417.386.0020) - 14974 US Highway 160, Forsyth (417.796.0063) - 125 Quincy Lane facing Highway 76, Kirbyville (417.243.0038) - 21170 Main Street, Reeds Spring (417.272.8077) - 12660 Highway 13, Kimberling City (417.249.1047) - 13181 East State Highway 76, Kissee Mills/Taneyville with Forsyth mailing address (417.796.0062)

Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days - hours may vary slightly by location, and Saturday and Sunday hours may differ.

Take Note:  The Historic Downtown Branson location is very large, offering a greater variety of items than most locations.  In the Stone and Taney Counties’ area, you’re usually no more than 6 to 9 miles from a Dollar General location.

Running low on gas?  Want to grab some treats for the trip home, or a couple fountain beverages for your drive up The Strip?  Branson has you covered:

10.  Convenience Stores:  Like with most popular destinations, the Branson area has a plethora of gas stations and convenience stores.  Common names you’ll see in the area include Casey’s General Store, White Oak, and Rapid Roberts.

Locations for Rapid Roberts:  432 MO Highway 248, Branson (417.334.5550) - 695 North Business 65, Branson (417.334.7377) - 11907 State Highway 13, Kimberling City (417.739.5224) - 11035 East MO Highway 76, Branson West (417.272.1323)

Locations for Casey’s General Store:  615 West Main, Branson (417.334.6245) - 2181 MO Highway 248, Branson (417.334-4511) - 1835 US Highway 65, Hollister (334.336.4061) - 15581 US Highway 160, Forsyth (417.546.6125)

Locations for White Oak Station:  3200 Green Mountain Drive, Branson (417.335.3914) - 2153 State Highway 248, Branson (417.335.6969) - 4017 West Highway 76, Branson (417.339.3911) - 15932 US Highway 160, Forsyth (417.546.6169)

Hours:  Differs by location and brand, with most opening early, between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. - some are open 24 hours.

Take Note:  Casey’s is very popular with locals for pizza and donuts.  White Oak and Rapid Roberts are both known for sandwiches and a good selection of beer, liquor, and wines.

Funds running low?  Need a few inexpensive toys or games to keep the little ones occupied in the back seat?  Want to spend as little as possible on condiments, hand sanitizer, a tube of toothpaste? Dollar stores to the rescue:

11. Dollar Tree: The Branson area is home to two locations of this budget-friendly staple - one in Branson Hills, another in Hollister.  Whether you need just a quick box of tissues, some spray cleaner for that mess in the car, or maybe a couple of candles for a romantic dinner at the cabin, you won’t need to spend any more than necessary with a Dollar Tree nearby!

Locations:  1076 Branson Hills Parkway, Branson (417.334.9234) - 906 Birch Street, Hollister (417.297.6055)

Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 7 days in Branson - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday in Hollister

Take Note:  The Hollister store shares a site pad with Menard’s; you’ll also find other big box building and home supply stores, grocery stores, fast food, and more nearby.  The Branson store sits across from Target and Home Depot, and has three dining options within walking distance.

You’ll discover far more options that what we’ve included here, but this list should give you a good start and a general idea of where you can find the basics while visiting Branson.  For more “devoted time” shopping, check out the big shopping centers in Branson here: “Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!” and for what’s available in Branson’s Historic Downtown: “Branson’s Downtown - Have You Been? The Top 10 Things You Must See & Do!