Is H-E-B planning to build a new Bellaire store in the triangle-shaped block surrounded by S. Rice Ave., Bissonnet, and Cedar St., in the north corner of the Bellaire Triangle? This week’s Southwest News implies that the Texas-based grocery company is: “H-E-B has tentatively reserved Bellaire’s Civic Center auditorium on Feb. 24 for the Big Reveal: a new supermarket for Bellaire,” reads the page-one story, which also notes that engineers have submitted a planned development request with the city for an H-E-B at 5106 Cedar St., to be heard by the zoning commission on March 10.
But H-E-B Houston division president Scott McClelland tells Swamplot that the Cedar St. spot is only “one location we are considering. Because of the size and shape of the center, we would have to be innovative in our approach. We have not locked down firm plans at this time.”
Innovative may be an understatement: The triangle surrounded by S. Rice, Bissonnet, and Cedar — the site of a Starbucks and a few small shops facing Cedar St. (including Frenchy’s Barber Shop, at 5106 Cedar St., pictured above) — measures less than half an acre. That’s far smaller than most supermarket sites. It’s possible that H-E-B is looking at joining several adjacent sites into a larger parcel, possibly across Cedar St.
“To do our due diligence,” McClelland tells Swamplot, “we need to go before the local planning commission. That is why the meeting was called.”
McLelland says the nearby H-E-B Pantry at 5130 Cedar St. — one of the first locations opened in the Houston area — has served the company well, but that “the community deserves more.” The company has been searching for a site in Bellaire for a larger store.
A Randalls, formerly a Weingarten’s grocery store, lies across Bissonnet from the H-E-B Pantry, at 5130 Bellaire Blvd.
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Photo of Frenchy’s Barber Shop: Locations Hub/Alfred