H-E-B opened its newest store, the nearly 130,000-square-foot Oaks at Slaughter H-E-B at 8801 S Congress Ave., near the corner of Slaughter Lane and I-35 in South Austin, on June 10.
This store is part of more than $200 million in H-E-B projects in South Austin. Filled with some of the most modern amenities, innovations and features H-E-B offers, the market will offer H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services, a large pharmacy with drive-thru lanes and the city’s first True Texas BBQ with a drive thru.
Called the best barbecue chain in the state by Texas Monthly, the restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating and the company’s first indoor children’s playground area.
Other amenities at the Oaks at Slaughter store include:
• A wide selection of organic foods and expansive Healthy Living department;
• Blooms floral area;
• Expanded beer and wine department;
• Cheese Shop;
• Bakery with Tortilleria;
• Full-service meat market and seafood counter;
• Sushiya with Poke options;
• Large Dinner Tonight selection with Meal Simple offerings, fresh sushi and Cooking Connection demos;
• Texas Backyard, offering products for grilling, gardening and outdoor entertaining; and
• Ample self-checkout area with self-checkout options.
John Flores, a 46-year H-E-B veteran, leads the store team that includes more than 450 H-E-B employees. Flores began his H-E-B career as a bagger in Lockhart. He has led and managed several stores in and around Austin, including his most recent post as top store leader for H-E-B on Brodie Lane.
To serve the community, Flores regularly volunteers with Blue Santa, H-E-B Feast of Sharing, H-E-B Trail of Lights and Junior Achievement and supports local youth and fellow employees as a mentor providing leadership direction.
“I’m honored to serve our south Austin community with this new and innovative store,” said Flores. “This is one of the highlights of my career with H-E-B. Along with all our Partners [employees], we’re committed to make this store a shining beacon for the city, and we look forward to providing an outstanding shopping experience with the best H-E-B has to offer.”
The Oaks at Slaughter location’s modern design is accented by a colorful facade and canopy of windows that allows large amounts of natural light to flow throughout the building. To protect the existing landscape and embrace the natural surroundings, H-E-B saved and relocated native trees and several decades-old Heritage Oak trees throughout the property.
In celebration of the grand opening, H-E-B made commitments totaling nearly $70,000 to local nonprofit organizations and surrounding schools. H-E-B donated $50,000 to Treefolks for a new watering truck to support tree planting and restoration projects across Central Texas. River City Youth Foundation received $3,000 in support to help with youth programming surrounding wellness, college and career readiness. Nearby schools – Akins High School, Paredes Middle School and Blazier, Casey, Kocurek and Williams elementary schools – will receive $15,000 in gift cards to support back to school efforts. Additionally, the company donated $20,000 to the Central Texas Food Bank to support the creation of food boxes, which will be delivered through the MetroAccess service, coordinated by Capital Metro Transportation Authority and distributed by Central Texas Food Bank at drive-thru mobile food pantries across Central Texas.
To show appreciation for the hard-working staff at Central Texas Food Bank, H-E-B donated some of the first meals cooked at its True Texas BBQ to more than 80 Central Texas Food Bank staff members.