HEB is beginning its long-awaited investment in downtown San Antonio to the tune of $140 million. The Texas grocery store chain will begin by working on trails along South Flores between Arsenal and Cesar Chavez. These civic improvements are expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Then, in December, HEB will begin expanding its downtown headquarters on Arsenal Street and a new downtown San Antonio HEB store. The new HEB will be a boon for downtown, as it has lacked a full fledged, even as the downtown area has been booming. In addition to the new store and expansion of the headquarters, HEB has also signed a 20 year maintenance agreement with the city to maintain the park around the historic Commander’s House. HEB will also be bringing a culinary center to downtown and completing renovations on its landmark store on Nogalitos Street, which is expected to reopen in December 2014.
Now that the news is official and some of the earlier roadblocks have been cleared to pave the way for the new downtown San Antonio HEB, we fully expect to see more residential and commercial development in the area, as the lack of a grocery store has held back some development plans and ideas from coming to fruition. Now that residents could have a walkable grocery store, development should pick up.
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