With its newest location on North Shepherd Drive set to open at the end of this month, the days are numbered for H-E-B’s Heights-area presence in Timbergrove.
H-E-B spokesperson Lacey Dalcour confirmed in an email Jan. 4 that the store at 1511 W. 18th St. will be shuttered before the Jan. 30 grand opening of the location at the northeast corner of Shepherd and W. 24th Street. Jan. 29 will be the last day for shoppers to grab their groceries at the 18th and T.C. Jester Boulevard location.
Dalcour noted that such a decision has always been in the works considering the current location’s proximity – barely a mile away – to H-E-B’s second planned two-story store in Houston.
“Residents have long asked for a new, larger H-E-B,” she said. “We look forward to serving our current T.C. Jester customers at our new location.”
As H-E-B builds newer, modern stores, it has been replacing the older, smaller “pantry” stores. But news of the Timbergrove pantry store’s impending closure did not sit well with some residents.
“I really wish they would revamp it and keep it open,” Christina Palomo said on Facebook. “I don’t think them being so close to each other will affect the business that much.”
For others, however, the announcement brings a mixture of emotions as the date approaches, including anticipation.
“I’m so excited for the new HEB, but please let us keep our pantry, too! I love that little store,” resident Carrie Bryant wrote on Facebook.
When the 92,000 square-foot store set to border 23rd Street and North Shepherd Drive broke ground in October 2016, it marked the end of a series of setbacks for the San Antonio-based grocer’s expansion efforts.
The day of the groundbreaking, H-E-B Houston Division President Scott McClelland said the schedule had the grocery giant’s Heights creation coming to fruition in August 2018. A company spokesperson previously said in March 2018 that permitting issues had delayed completion back to a late fall opening prior to the most recent delay in September 2018.
But through all the setbacks, from permitting to Hurricane Harvey and more, the creation of what McClelland previously called his “dream store” is now here.
“I’m going to miss my dear pantry, but excited about the new location,” resident Amanda Weaver said on Facebook. “I hope to see the same friendly faces at the new checkouts!”
McClelland was unavailable for comment prior to publication.