H-E-B has plans for multiple projects in South Austin that will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to the area and total roughly $200 million in investment. Projects include the opening of three new stores as well as a major remodel of an existing location.
According to an article on the H-E-B website, the investment will support the growth and increased density across South Austin.
“This level of investment has been years in the making, and we are incredibly excited to deliver fresh, new stores to this growing community,” said Jeff Thomas, H-E-B Central Texas Region SVP and GM. “Next year, we will showcase an unprecedented investment in new stores across the greater Austin area, especially in South Austin where our customers will soon be receiving the best and most advanced shopping experience H-E-B has to offer.
“In addition to advancing innovative online services for time savings like H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery, H-E-B continues to invest heavily in our in-store shopping experience to offer the best selection and services in both avenues,” Thomas added.
While some South Austin projects still are in planning stages, the article states that others now are under construction and set to open soon. A new 130,000-s.f. Slaughter Lane and I-35 H-E-B will include a full-service pharmacy with drive-thru, H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services and a True Texas BBQ restaurant with a drive-thru, a bar with beer and wine selections and outdoor seating with a play area for kids. It is scheduled to open on March 27, 2020.
A few miles up the road, the Riverside H-E-B plus! is undergoing a major remodel that will add more than 7,000 s.f. to the footprint and increase the store’s ready-to-eat offerings with larger sushi and Meal Simple departments. To handle growing demand, the store’s H-E-B Curbside will become one of the largest across the company. Renovations are set for completion in early 2020.
H-E-B will close one of its smaller stores at South 1st and William Cannon Drive. Leased by H-E-B since 1994, the retailer says the aging store needs significant utility and facility repairs. It does not have a pharmacy and does not offer Meal Simple or H-E-B Curbside. At 31,000 s.f., the store, which is one of three on William Cannon Drive, is one mile from the I-35 and William Cannon H-E-B. The location is expected to close on April 2, 2020, after the new H-E-B opens at the northwest corner of I-35 and Slaughter Lane, which is roughly 2.5 miles away.
H-E-B will provide free Capital Metro bus passes to customers in need of transportation assistance. Also, during the transition, H-E-B will offer free H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services for the 78745 area code through March and April. All South 1st and William Cannon H-E-B Partners will be offered positions at area stores.
In 2020, H-E-B also will see the start of work on two other stores. Scheduled to start in January, the retailer will begin construction on a new store that will replace an existing location less than two miles away in the Oak Hill community. To be located on more than 30 acres that H-E-B owns at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 290 and FM 1826, the 90,000-s.f. store is expected to open in late 2020.
On South Congress, H-E-B will begin work next year to turn the city’s oldest location into one of its most innovative stores. The company’s article states that it will include features to make it a “community gathering place,” with influences from around the world, like a food hall with indoor and outdoor dining spaces and H-E-B’s first-ever beer garden. It also will have two levels of underground parking and a pedestrian-friendly perimeter with wide, tree-lined sidewalks to encourage walking and biking to the store. That store is expected to open sometime in 2022.
As the project develops, H-E-B plans to open a temporary store across the street at the Twin Oaks Shopping Center on Feb. 26. On March 22, H-E-B will close the existing store at 2400 South Congress to move forward on work for the multi-story, 130,000-s.f. store. To support this transition, H-E-B will offer free H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery service for customers in zip codes 78701 and 78704 in March and April.
Both new and renovated stores will offer H-E-B’s signature features and conveniences. The design of the stores will incorporate the look and feel of the surrounding neighborhoods and will host conservation elements such as rainwater harvesting, water retention ponds, environmentally-friendly refrigeration and solar panel installations. H-E-B now maintains large solar installations at 23 of its Austin-area stores.
With more than 50 stores in Austin and the surrounding area, H-E-B has several stores that have undergone or are undergoing renovation such as the East 7th Street H-E-B, and there are plans for new locations, including H-E-B Lake Austin on Exposition and Lake Austin boulevards that is expected to open in 2021.