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H-E-B produces plans for even bigger store in San Antonio suburb

H-E-B produces plans for even bigger store in San Antonio suburb

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H-E-B is planning a bigger store for New Braunfels shoppers. H-E-B/Facebook

H-E-B is replacing a nearly 25-year-old grocery store in New Braunfels with a location that’ll be almost 25 percent bigger.

According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, H-E-B plans to start construction in mid-January on a 122,222-square-foot store at 651 S. Walnut Ave., near I-35. The nearly $17.6 million is project is scheduled for completion in December 2021. An H-E-B gas station also will be built on the 12-acre site.

Selser Schaefer Architects of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is designing the new store. The firm is H-E-B’s longtime architect.

“Every single H-E-B grocery store Selser Schaefer Architects has helped create throughout its relationship with the Texas-based brand is unique to its setting,” the architecture firm says on its website. “Yet the experience encountered in each H-E-B store is designed to inspire the same feeling: ‘Here Everything’s Better.’”

The current 99,175-square-foot store opened in 1994. San Antonio-based H-E-B operates two other stores in New Braunfels: one at 2965 I-35 North and the other at 1655 W. State Highway 46. The I-35 store is a larger-format H-E-B Plus!

The San Antonio-based chain is one of the most beloved companies in Texas, a reputation further burnished amid the pandemic. In recent months, H-E-B has been named one of the best companies for consumers and rolled out raises to hourly employees working through the COVID-19 crisis, all while growing its footprint across the Lone Star State.