The first ever H-E-B with a skybridge connection to a neighboring JCPenney is indeed on its way to Meyerland Plaza. The grocery chain’s new 95,000-sq.-ft. building will replace its previous store at South Braeswood and Chimney Rock, which flooded during Harvey. Some of the land that the H-E-B is taking over is occupied now by the BBVA Compass bank branch building at the mall-turned-shopping-center’s northwest corner, although the store will extend back all the way to the existing JCPenney, far southeast of where the bank branch sits now.
The rendering at top shows the grocery store’s second-story entrance; like the new stores under construction in Bellaire and the Heights, this one will sit on top of a parking deck. The second rendering shows the structure fronting a driveway that heads into Meyerland Plaza from Beechnut St. A replacement BBVA Compass branch is planned inside the new complex.
Below, a view of the store’s reinforced northwest corner just across Endicott from an off-camera Chick-fil-A on the right:
H-E-B plans to start construction early next year with a target opening the following fall.
- H-E-B to open new two-story Meyerland location in 2019 [HBJ]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Double-Decker H-E-B for Meyerland Plaza
Great Cthulhu, why does it need a skybridge to JC Penneys? I don’t see it on the renderings. And more importantly, what happens to Target?
What will happen to the memorial to Gary Herod (the pilot) now in front of the bank?
I’ve heard that JC Penney’s lease is up in a couple years.
The skybridge would make sense if Penney’s get’s the boot and they fill it with some nicer retail options.
Great!! I dig the front entrance design. I do not like the location though. Meyerland Plaza is a bit crowded at peak times. It’s also extremely close to the new 2-story Bellaire HEB! Probably a 2.5 miles drive. A skybridge to JC Penneys? What?
A skybridge links to the other stores in a more pedestrian-friendly fashion, compared to a perilous hike across the parking lot, dodging vehicles. With this connection, HEB becomes more of an anchor for Meyerland Plaza.
I hope it has kosher.
JC Penny owns the building and, I think, the parking lot on their side of the building.
Therefore, their lease is not up…there is no lease.