Plano people, it’s time to celebrate. This time it’s not a rumor. Iconic Texas grocery chain H-E-B is really coming to town. The company announced plans for its first two North Texas stores today.
The Plano store will be located at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway, adjacent to Lakeside Market shopping center. The other DFW location will be in Frisco near the corner of Legacy Drive and Main Street. Both stores are slated to open in the fall of 2022.
“This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFW market with the introduction of H-E-B, our flagship banner, to our growing network of stores,” H-E-B Central Market Division President Stephen Butt said. “For the past 20 years, Central Market has been committed to earning customers’ trust, and H-E-B Partners will work hard to earn the confidence of the many new shoppers we look forward to serving in the Plano and Frisco communities.”
H-E-B has more than 420 stores across Texas and northern Mexico. It was founded in 1906 by Florence Butt. The store, then known as the CC Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, is today the 20th largest retailer in the United States. It averages $32 billion in annual sales.
Last year H-E-B was ranked the top grocer in the country for the first time, topping the ever-popular Trader Joe’s, according to a retailer preference index survey released by the data science firm Dunnhumby. H-E-B also commands the largest share of the grocery market in the Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas.
However, until now DFW shoppers have only been able to shop at H-E-B’s high-end specialty store Central Market. The closest H-E-Bs to Plano are in Waxahachie and Ennis, both more than 50 miles away.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said the announcement was a great day for the city of Plano and its residents, calling the grocery chain one of the most beloved brands in Texas.
“We are so proud H-E-B chose the City of Excellence to launch their ever-popular grocery concept locally,” he said. “This flagship store will add to the fabric of our community and that makes us Texan and special. Welcome H-E-B!”H-E-B >