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H-E-B shelves construction start date on South Austin mega-store and food hall

H-E-B shelves construction start on South Austin store and food hall

New H-E-B South Congress Austin
Construction on the new South Congress H-E-B has been pushed back.   Courtesy photo

Grocery shoppers in South Austin will have to wait a bit longer for the much-anticipated new H-E-B store at South Congress Avenue and East Oltorf Street.

The current H-E-B — the grocer's oldest location in the Austin area — was scheduled to close March 22 to make way for a much larger H-E-B. But the construction launch has been delayed, with a new start date yet to be determined, H-E-B spokeswoman Leslie Sweet says.

“We need to push the South Congress H-E-B construction start back a bit to give our store designers the time they need to finalize the design elements,” Sweet says. “We were aiming for a late March demolition and opening of the temporary store, but the temporary store will open in concert with the construction start of the new rebuild.”

The temporary store initially was supposed to open February 26 at the company-owned Twin Oaks Shopping Center across the street at 2315 S. Congress Ave.

San Antonio-based H-E-B said in May 2019 that it would tear down the 69,000-square-foot South Congress shop, which opened in 1957, and replace it with a new, 130,000-square-foot complex complete with a food hall and H-E-B’s first-ever beer garden; it’s set to open sometime in 2022.

“We are incredibly excited for what the future holds for this iconic South Congress H-E-B and the new store we are bringing to our longtime and loyal customers,” Sweet says.