H-E-B making record $200M investment in South Austin stores in 2020

H-E-B has plans for multiple projects, including opening three new stores and a major remodel of the South Congress location, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs and totaling around $200 million in investment to South Austin.

Some projects are still in the planning stages, says H-E-B in a release, but others are already under construction and set to open soon, including a new 130,000-square-foot store at Slaughter Lane and I-35.

This 130,000-square-foot store at Slaughter Lane and I-35 is set to open on March 27 and will replace one on South 1st and William Cannon Drive. (H-E-B)

This store, set to open on March 27, 2020, will feature a full-service pharmacy with drive-thru, H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services, and a family-friendly True Texas BBQ restaurant with a drive-thru, a bar with beer and wine selections and outdoor seating with play area for kids.

After this store opens, H-E-B will close one of its smaller stores, located at South 1st Street and William Cannon Drive, which the company says is in need of significant utility and facility repairs and doesn't have many departments and services such as pharmacy, Meal Simple and H-E-B Curbside. The location is expected to close on April 2, 2020. All employees at this location will be offered positions and support to area stores.

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As part of the transition, H-E-B will provide free Capital Metro bus passes to customers in need of transportation assistance. Additionally, H-E-B will offer free H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery services for neighbors in the 78745 area code through March and April.

This 90,000-square-foot store will be located in the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 290 and FM 1826 and is expected to open in late 2020. (H-E-B)

Construction on a new store to replace an existing location in the Oak Hill community is set to start in January. The 90,000-square-foot store will be located in the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 290 and FM 1826 and is expected to open in late 2020.

The Riverside H-E-B plus! will undergo a remodel, adding more than 7,000 square feet and increasing the store's ready-to-eat offerings with larger sushi and Meal Simple departments. The store’s renovations are set for completion in early 2020.

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H-E-B unveiled plans in May to make major changes to its longest-standing grocery store location in Austin, taking it from one of the oldest stores in the city to one of the most innovative stores in the company, according to the grocery chain.

The store will feature an eclectic food hall with indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and H-E-B’s first-ever beer garden. Two levels of underground parking will ensure the store has a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly perimeter with wide, tree-lined sidewalks to encourage walking and biking to the store. 

H-E-B opened the 25,000-square-foot store at 2400 S. Congress Avenue in 1957, and in 2022, the location will reopen at more than 100,000 square feet.

On South Congress, H-E-B will begin work to turn Austin's oldest location into one of H-E-B's most innovative stores. (H-E-B)

While construction is in progress, H-E-B will have a temporary store open across the street at the Twin Oaks Shopping Center, starting on Feb. 26. On March 22, H-E-B will close the location on South Congress. To support the transition, H-E-B will offer free H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery service for customers in zip codes 78701 and 78704 in March and April.


With over 50 stores in Austin and the surrounding area, H-E-B has several stores that have undergone or are undergoing renovation such as the East 7th Street H-E-B and there are plans for new locations such as H-E-B Lake Austin on Exposition and Lake Austin Boulevards, which is expected to open in 2021.

To learn more and see more renderings of the planned stores, visit H-E-B's website.