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Written by: Leonard Parker | Houston Business News | 06th January
H-E-B just bagged a big piece of the Big D.Nathanael Hovee / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm
Though San Antonians have reveled in being home to H-E-B headquarters for the past 36 years, the first store opened in the area in the '40s. Other Texas cities haven't been as lucky. Dallas fans of the San Antonio-based grocer are still waiting for their chance at buying Primo Picks without making the trek to neighboring Waxahachie, Hudson Oaks, Burleson, or Cleburne. Sure, the Metroplex might be home to four Central Market stores between Dallas and Fort Worth combined, but a proper H-E-B has not graced the city.
But there's hope. As of Wednesday, January 5, the Dallas Morning News has confirmed the lauded grocery chain now owns a vacant Albertsons (remember those?). Located at 4101 W Wheatland Road, the 58,940-square-foot supermarket opened in 1985 and closed in 2004, per the Dallas Business Journal.
The company confirmed the purchase but was coy with details, telling the DMN, "We recently purchased property in the southern sector of Dallas County in anticipation of future growth. No construction date has been set.”
While Dallas waits to learn what will manifest at the location, shoppers can set alerts for two new locations near the Big D. Last March, H-E-B announced plans for an expansion into the DFW Metroplex with a store in the northeast corner of Legacy Drive and Main Street in Frisco, and one store in Plano at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway.
Construction for the 111,000-square-foot Plano outpost began in June with a projected fall 2022 opening date. The Frisco location broke ground that same month, and will feature a "full-service H-E-B Pharmacy with a drive-thru; Texas Backyard department, featuring outdoor essentials; and a True Texas BBQ restaurant with a drive-thru" per H-E-B's release.
“H-E-B has a long history serving Texans, including more than 20 years in the DFW community, and we’re excited to expand on this commitment by providing more shopping options and job opportunities for Texans,” said Juan-Carlos Rück, H-E-B Executive Vice President, North West Food/Drug Division in a statement at the time.