Update, 3:30 pm: A spokesperson for H-E-B informs Swamplot that the company has no plans for a Joe V’s Smart Shop in this area. Separately, a rep from Lovett Commercial indicates that the plans and declaration posted on its website that a Joe V’s Smart Shop is coming to the center are “outdated,” and that no grocery store is currently planned for that site. We’ve updated the story below accordingly.
This row of metal warehouse buildings at 4300 Harrisburg Blvd. was used for a time recently as a temporary home for the Historic Houston salvage warehouse and more recently as a spraypaint-covered tribute to the deceased graffiti artist known as Nekst (see video below)
— will be torn down to make way for a new grocery store from H-E-B, according to site plans posted online by the property’s developer. The 5.34-acre site, which stretches between Oakhurst St. and Eastwood St., sits just east of the Maximus Coffee plant east of Downtown, and just north of Eastwood. This should be the first new grocery store built on a light rail line, but it won’t be a conventional H-E-B. Instead, the plans show it’ll be a Joe V’s Smart Shop, the Texas grocery chain’s low-cost, low-selection, high-volume, low-touch warehouse-style market.
about what would likely be the 7th Houston-area Joe V’s (the first in the chain opened on Antoine north of Beltway 8 in 2010) are were included in a flyer put out by developer Lovett Commercial, which is seeking tenants for Harrisburg Crossing, the combined office-and-retail center it’s planning that incorporates the Joe V’s and that runs east to the CVS at the corner of Harrisburg and Lockwood. The Joe V’s will measure 60,000 sq. ft. and include approximately 350 surface parking spots, according to the plan. The new building will sit at the far western edge of its block. The retail center on the block east of Eastwood St. will include a couple rows of parking facing Harrisburg, but will hide a 4-story parking garage in back, backing up to the freight rail tracks, according to the plans. On the eastern side of the retail strip, adjacent to the CVS, a 3-story, 100,000-sq.-ft. office building is planned. A drive-around “pad site” island building is planned for the spot facing Lockwood, directly south of the CVS.
Here’s the site plan that was included in the flyer, rotated to allow a better view. North is to the right:
Historic Houston has since moved its salvage operations to a warehouse at 1200 National St.
- Harrisburg & Lockwood [Lovett Commercial]
- Previously on Swamplot: Historic Houston Using East End Warehouse To Store Salvaged Historic Houston; Groceries out of the Box: H-E-B Has a Hands-Off Policy at Joe V’s Smart Shop; North by Northwest: Cranking Out Joe V’s Smart Shops Numbers 4 and 3; Joe V’s Smart Shop on Antoine: H-E-B’s Prototype Big Box Grocery Store