H-E-B spending $200 million on Austin expansion, remodeling

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — H-E-B said it is investing $200 million in Austin, Texas, over the next few years, building three stores and remodeling an existing location to keep pace with growth in Texas’ capital city.

“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 senior vice president and general manager of the Central Texas region. “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.”

Already under construction and scheduled to open in March is a 130,000-square-foot supermarket near Slaughter Lane and I-35 that will include a full-service pharmacy with drive-thru, H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services, and a family-friendly True Texas BBQ restaurant with a drive-thru, a bar with beer and wine selections and outdoor seating with play area for children.

A few miles up the road, the Riverside H-E-B store is getting a major overhaul that will add more than 7,000 square feet to its footprint and increase the store’s ready-to-eat offerings, with larger sushi and Meal Simple departments. To handle growing demand, the retailer is increasing the size of the store’s H-E-B Curbside to one of the largest in the company. The store’s renovations are set for completion in early 2020.

With extensive investment already under way across South Austin, H-E-B will close one of its smaller stores, at South 1st and William Cannon Drive, a location leased by H-E-B since 1994.

In 2020, H-E-B is set to start work on two other world-class stores. Construction is to begin next month on a new store that will replace an existing location less than two miles away in the Oak Hill community. And on South Congress Avenue, H-E-B will begin to turn its oldest location in the city into one of the company’s most innovative stores, with features to make it a true community gathering place.



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