H-E-B carting new store into Southwest Austin’s Oak Hill neighborhood
Out with the old and in with the new: Grocery chain H-E-B is replacing its longtime Oak Hill outpost in Southwest Austin with a brand-new store less than two miles away.
H-E-B says the new 90,000-square-foot shop will be built on a more than 30-acre site that it owns at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 290 West and FM 1826. Construction is set to start in February 2020, with the opening scheduled for late 2020 or early 2021, the company said in an October 3 release.
The existing store, at the “Y” at Highway 290 and U.S. Highway 71, will close once the new one opens.
“We are excited to answer the call for a new store for the growing community in southwest Austin,” Leslie Sweet, H-E-B’s director of public affairs, says in a release. “With an enhanced in-store experience and the highest standard of service and selection, we tailored the store to serve the needs of our longtime Oak Hill customers that deserve the best we have to offer.”
Among the features of the new store will be:
- 24 self-checkout stations
- H-E-B Curbside service for online ordering and at-store pickup
- Pharmacy with two drive-through lanes
- Meat and fish markets
- Selection of Dinner Tonight prepared foods
- Bakery and floral departments
- Texas Backyard section featuring items like outdoor furniture, grills, and plants
The store’s design will incorporate environmentally friendly elements such as rainwater harvesting, water retention ponds, and solar panels.
The Oak Hill store is just the latest news the San Antonio-based grocer has made in Austin. In June, the company opened its new Eastside Tech Hub, which houses H-E-B's digital team and serves as headquarters for Austin-based Favor. Last month, it also announced it was building a massive new outpost in Tarrytown, complete with a True Texas BBQ restaurant, a full bar, and indoor and outdoor seating.