And that’s a wrap over at the 18th St. H-E-B, closed since yesterday so as not to distract from the new, double-decker H-E-B that opened today at 2300 N. Shepherd Dr. between 23rd and 24th streets. The photos above show the old store’s front entrance stripped of all red, hyphenated signage, blockaded by shopping carts, plastered with closure notices, and — in case that wasn’t enough — fronted by stack of wooden pallets with a blaze yellow flyer addressing anyone who’d still hoped to get inside. A few weeks ago, workers inside stopped restocking the aisles, slapped a few discounts on what they had left, and watched as the store’s inventory dwindled up until it shut down.
By 5 p.m. yesterday, reports a Swamplot reader, the parking lot was mostly empty:
But by 6:15 a.m. this morning, it was full of cars, according to the tipster, who heard from an H-E-B worker that employees of the new store were being told to park at the old one, from which they’d be bused over to start day one at the Shepherd location.
Once H-E-B fully moves out of the 37,000-sq.-ft. box at 1511 W. 18th St., 24HourFitness plans to inherit it. The gym has already filed plans to put a new 1,738-sq.-ft. swimming pool somewhere inside.
- Previously on Swamplot: Timbergrove H-E-B To Close Just Ahead of Shepherd H-E-B’s End-of-Month Opening; A Soaring View of Progress on The 23rd St. H-E-B; The New Second-Story Heights H-E-B on N. Shepherd Is About To Begin Construction; H-E-B’s Plan and Backup Plan for the Double Decker Heights Dry Zone Store; H-E-B Will Double Down on a Heights Dry Zone Store or Not Build At All; Yes, The Heights Dry Zone Petitioners Really Did Collect Enough Signatures For a Vote; Heights Dry Zone Signature Gatherers Return from the Hunt Victorious; Former Fiesta Site Preps for Teardown as Heights Dry Zone Petitioners Circle; H-E-B Would Like To Plant a Store in a Wetter Heights Dry Zone; Somebody’s Trying to Legalize Beer and Wine Sales in the Heights Dry Zone
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