The company announced that two new H-E-B stores will open in Frisco and Plano by fall of next year. They will be the northernmost stores in the popular chain and will replace the Waxahachie H-E-B as the nearest store to Dallas.
“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,” said Stephen Butt, president of the Central Market Division of H-E-B.
“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.”
In addition to Waxahachie, H-E-B stores operate in Burleson, Granbury, and Hudson Oaks, all of which brush the edge of the Metroplex. Central Market stores, a different brand in the same company, are based in Dallas and have operated in DFW proper since 2001. Central Market sells pricier, higher-shelf goods and does not carry the Hill Country Fare brand.
The San Antonio-based company has operated for a little over a century since its Kerrville founding. With over 137,000 employees, it is one of the largest private employers in the state.
The move to Dallas will nudge H-E-B into the home territory of Tom Thumb, founded in Dallas but since absorbed into the Albertson’s company.
H-E-B donated millions to community support causes as the COVID-19 pandemic spread last March. The company responded to the ensuing panic-buying by shortening store hours and slapping purchase limits on high-demand items like rubbing alcohol, latex gloves, and — strangely — frozen chitlins.
Recently, the store waffled on whether or not to require masks for customers, at first only encouraging them after Abbott lifted his mandate before deciding to keep them mandatory shortly thereafter. Occasionally politically active, Butts has donated to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) individually and contributed to other campaigns of Republicans and Democrats through his Charles Butt Public Education Political Action Committee (PAC). Butts sided with Harris County in litigation over the county’s plan to send mail ballots applications to all registered voters.
“H-E-B will open one store in Frisco at the northeast corner of Legacy Dr. and Main St., and one store in Plano at the southwest corner of Preston Rd. and Spring Creek Parkway,” the company’s announcement reads.
“Additional details about the new stores will be shared at the groundbreakings, which are projected for this summer.”
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