H-E-B is making its way to Lubbock

H-E-B to open in Lubbock in 2020

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The announcement made Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 The announcement made Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
A rendering of H-E-B's planned store, provided by H-E-B A rendering of H-E-B's planned store, provided by H-E-B
A rendering of the Lubbock store, image provided by H-E-B A rendering of the Lubbock store, image provided by H-E-B
LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's been rumored for years. Over the past several months, there have been solid hints in real estate publications and city planning. Now we have confirmation. San Antonio-based H-E-B will open a store in south Lubbock in late 2020, with company president Scott McClelland joking it's been the "worst kept secret in Lubbock".

Senior leadership confirmed the news while presenting the South Plains Food Bank with a donation of a semi trailer of cereal. This is part of a statewide kick-off of Hunger Awareness Month, which is September.

The new grocery store, at the southwest corner of 114th Street and Quaker, will be 120,000 square feet. H-E-B has owned this land for several years, leading to the speculation of when, not if, the company would open a store. This location will include a fuel station, a Texas Tech collegiate shop and a True Texas BBQ restaurant. The restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating.

This location is across the street from a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a mile south of a United Market Street. The store will offer curbside pick-up for online orders and will also work with Favor, a delivery service H-E-B acquired last year, for delivery. This includes one-hour beer and wine delivery from H-E-B.

According to a news release, the store's look will be tailored to reflect the look, feel and traditions unique to Lubbock, "emphasizing the hometown West Texas flair". Here is the news release with more information on the store.

The news release states H-E-B is the largest privately-held employer in Texas, with more than 400 stores and 116,000 employees across Texas and Mexico. McClelland said Wednesday this is the only store opening planned in Lubbock at this time. This is the first new market H-E-B has entered since the 1990s, McClelland added.  

“H-E-B is such an iconic Texas brand and their plan to open a store in Lubbock is exciting news. We’re here to give them a big West Texas welcome and look forward to the more than 430 jobs they will add to the local economy,” Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said in the news release.

“H-E-B’s announcement today is a reflection of the solid growth in our community and indicative of why businesses want to be in Lubbock,” said John Osborne, CEO & President of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance. “Lubbock is a place where people want to live and, therefore, where businesses want to be. We are pleased with the opportunities this expansion will bring both in job growth as well as for the shopping experience.”

Texas Tech alumnus Garrett Stauder will be top store leader. He has been with the company 10 years, most recently managing a store in Midland. About 430 people will work at the Lubbock store. 

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