No, H-E-B isn’t just buying the former site of the Wilshire Village Apartments at the corner of Alabama and Dunlavy as a real estate investment. H-E-B Houston president Scott McClelland tells the Houston Business Journal‘s Allison Wollam that the company expects to open its Montrose store on that site next year:
We . . . have a site tied up at Alabama and Dunlavy in the Montrose area that we’re finalizing. I think that it’s far enough from our recently opened Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway store and it will be a good new market for us.
Okay, while we’re at it . . . what are H-E-B’s plans for the Heights?
We’re always asked if we’re coming to The Heights, and we’re looking hard for a location. It would be on my wish list to say we were able to find a suitable location in The Heights by next year.
McClelland says the company plans to open 5 new Houston-region stores this year:
including one new store in Katy and a second store in Atascocita, plus a store in Lukfin and one in College Station. Additionally, the company will remodel and update six of its existing stores in the Houston market, which will create hundreds of new construction jobs.
On McClelland’s longer term wish list: new stores in or around Clear Lake and Kemah, and a “big” one in Baytown.
- H-E-B stocks up on new stores despite tight economy [Houston Business Journal]