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Historic Central Market Also In Line For Interior Refresh

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The second phase in Central Market’s major renovation of its 90,000-square-foot store at 4821 Broadway in San Antonio will include a full interior remodel and refreshed store facade.

The project’s first phase, which was announced late last year and will start this spring, includes updates to the parking lot and the addition of a produce loading dock on the upper level. 

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The second phase, which will begin shortly after phase one is finished in late 2024, is expected to conclude by mid-2026. 

While specific details are in development and plans require approval from the city of Alamo Heights, the second phase calls for repositioning select departments, adding more energy-efficient fixtures and equipment and expanding seating area for the café. The grocer also seeks to improve the breakroom and administrative spaces, streamlining work areas for store employees. 

The storefront updates will introduce design elements that complement the neighborhood, such as adding windows for more natural lighting and incorporating materials and textures like wood, D’Hanis brick and metals.

The building first opened as an H-E-B store in 1951. Operations moved there from a nearby location that had opened nearly a decade earlier. At that time, H-E-B had 10 stores in San Antonio.

Since then, the store has increased square footage, received several updates and evolved with the community. Over the years, the location yielded many company firsts, including the introduction of a prepared chef case.

For nearly 50 years, the store operated as an H-E-B, until it was rebranded as the second location of Central Market in 1999. There are now 10 Central Market locations in Texas.

“For decades, at the corner of Broadway and Patterson, a special relationship has been built between our store, this community, and our partners,” said Stephen Butt, president of shareholder relations and Central Market division.

“This major project will take time to complete. When our work is finished, the newly renovated Broadway Central Market and our friendly partners will be well equipped to continue serving our customers with the freshest and best specialty products the world has to offer, for many years to come.”

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