San Antonio-based H-E-B’s employee count across Texas and Mexico now totals 100,000, confirming the grocery chain’s position as the largest privately held employer in the state of Texas and one of the largest privately held retailers in the nation. H-E-B employs more than 90,000 people in 332 Texas stores and more than 10,000 people in 56 stores in Mexico.
“This milestone represents our deep commitment to improving the lives of Texans and their families, and creating a work environment that brings the spirit of community to life every day while encouraging innovation, engagement and success,” said H-E-B President and COO Craig Boyan. “It takes great people to build a great company, and we look forward to providing even more Texans with meaningful career opportunities that bring new experiences, growth and lifelong connections at H-E-B.”
H-E-B also is celebrating the anniversary of its Partner Stock Plan, an employee ownership plan that rewards the hard work, dedication and loyalty of H-E-B employees. To be eligible, an employee must be at least 21 years old, have completed at least one year of service and worked at least 1,000 hours in a calendar year. In the first year, plan participants receive an allocation equal to 3 percent of their eligible pay and $100 for each year of service. To celebrate the anniversary, plan participants once again received an additional allocation equal to 3 percent of their eligible pay.
“In business and in life, people matter most,” said Tina James, SVP of human resources for H-E-B. “Though simple, this philosophy has shaped H-E-B for 112 years. It’s why we call our employees partners—because we work together to achieve success and create a strong sense of pride within our stores and throughout the more than 300 communities we serve.”
With current operations totaling 388 stores companywide, H-E-B says it continues to grow and serve more communities throughout Texas and Mexico. In 2017, the company plans to add nine new stores in Texas and six new stores in Mexico.