H-E-B dispels rumors...sort of
H-E-B’s plans for the far north side have been at the center of a number of rumors of late. On Wednesday, a representative for the grocery chain addressed some of the hearsay, while noting that H-E-B’s real estate department typically keeps plans close to the chest until contracts are finalized.
The top concern among shoppers lately has been the future of the store near Hwy 281 and Loop 1604. Business has already been down at this location thanks to the ongoing construction of the Hwy 281 / Loop 1604 interchange. Tenants of the Northwoods shopping center, where this H-E-B is located, are also anticipating decreased traffic after the overpasses are complete. However, H-E-B spokesperson Kimberly Harle says the grocery chain is currently not making any changes in regards to this store.
Another rumor has been the possibility of a new H-E-B being built within Stone Oak’s boundaries. In 2008, H-E-B opened its largest Plus store to date in the Stone Ridge Market shopping center near Hwy 281 and Evans Road. With this new location, H-E-B shuttered a much smaller and older location on the opposite side of 281. The other H-E-B serving the Stone Oak area is located near Blanco Road and Loop 1604. About four years ago that store was completely remodeled and expanded to 141,000 square feet. Still, residents have been speculating H-E-B might build another store in Stone Oak.
“We are keeping a close eye on this area,” Harle admits. “But there is nothing to announce yet.”
Finally, many have been expecting an H-E-B to be built within Bulverde Marketplace, a massive retail center that may eventually span some 113 acres near Bulverde Road and Loop 1604. “There is no timing or commitment” to this location, says Harle.
H-E-B began as a tiny family shop in Kerrville in 1905. Today, the grocery chain has more than 330 stores and 76,000 employees throughout Texas and Mexico.