H-E-B is shutting down its oldest store in Austin to begin work on a massive new retail hub. The store at South Congress Avenue and East Oltorf Street will close early next year and a temporary location will open nearby as construction gets underway.
In May, the San Antonio-based grocery chain announced it would replace its more than 60-year-old store at South Congress and Oltorf. On December 5, H-E-B revealed its closing date and identified when the temporary store will open.
In a news release, H-E-B says the temporary location will debut February 26 at the company-owned Twin Oaks Shopping Center. The shopping center is at 2315 S. Congress Ave., across the street from the current store. Nearly one month later, on March 22, H-E-B plans to shutter its existing store at 2400 S. Congress Ave. to make way for a new 130,000-square-foot store on that site.
In March and April, H-E-B will offer free curbside and home delivery services for customers in the 78701 and 78704 ZIP codes to help ease the transition.
H-E-B opened the store at South Congress and Oltorf in 1957, making it the company’s oldest location in Austin. The store originally measured just 25,000 square feet but now features 69,000 square feet — still slightly smaller than a typical H-E-B store. Despite its relatively small size, the store ranks among H-E-B’s busiest outposts in Austin.
The old store will be torn down to pave the way for the new store, whose amenities will include H-E-B’s first-ever beer garden, a food hall with spaces for indoor and outdoor dining, and a two-story underground parking garage.