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New Marble Falls HEB store set to open Feb. 9

The new H-E-B store on RR 1431 in Marble Falls is about seven weeks away from completion. Courtesy photo

The new H-E-B store on RR 1431 in Marble Falls is about seven weeks away from completion. Courtesy photo


MARBLE FALLS — The wait for the grand opening of the new H-E-B store in Marble Falls is almost over.

Officials announced the new store, which is 110,000 square feet, will open at 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9. 

Leslie Sweet, the grocery chain’s director of public affairs in the Austin office, said executives are as eager for the completion of the project as residents.

“We’re so excited about what we can bring,” she said. “Construction doesn’t allow us to give a date until they’re confident everything will finish as they expect.”

The old store demolition will occur between February and May because store employees will need time to remove items out of the facility, Sweet said. Once the old store is gone, workers will create more parking.

In May, construction of the new gas pumps will begin with the completion date for it and the parking lot in September.

By the fall, construction for all parts of the store should be complete, and the celebration will be in full force.

Construction on the new facility, which will be 35,000 square feet larger than the current Marble Falls location, began in April 2017.

Officials could’ve closed the current store while the new one was being constructed, but Sweet said they didn’t want to do that, noting the better option was to keep it open as the new facility was being built.

“It’s always a challenge when you put two stores on one site,” she said. “We thought it was a better choice for the area shoppers.”

Sweet noted customers can look forward to sections that include a healthy living department and more organic foods with bigger selections; more options for bulk foods; a full-service seafood department; the Scratch Bakery and Tortillerìa, which features organic handmade breads and tortillas cooked in the store; a sizable floral department; and more cooking demonstrations, which H-E-B calls Cooking Connection and Primo Picks Kitchen.

“There’s a tremendous amount of room to offer so many departments,” she said.

H-E-B first opened its doors in Marble Falls on May 1, 1966, according to reports, with the current location opened in 1990. In the past two decades, H-E-B has spent nearly $7 million to improve and enhance the store and expand it to 75,841 square feet on 5.35 acres.

As the community continues to grow, so will H-E-B; it has added to the existing land lease for a total of 11.74 acres, according to reports.

Sweet acknowledged the challenges of construction for shoppers, noting store officials are aware of limited parking and how customers have had to be patient as workers continue to build.

“Know it’s going to be worth it,” she said. “This isn’t the first time we’ve gone through it. It’s a complicated process. Thanks for being patient with us.”

7 thoughts on “New Marble Falls HEB store set to open Feb. 9

  1. Wow, H-E-B first opened its doors in Marble Falls on May 1, 1966, in the Security State Bank building on hwy 281. We moved here on or around 1970-72 from San Antonio, TX, lived on 7th st, across from that first HEB store as a kid growing up. Worked at that HEB store growing up from my freshman year till high school graduation in 1985, continued to work for this company as a college student in a different city, by 1990 this hometown store had moved to its current location where once stood Lakeland Mall for those homegrown folks who remember. What a milestone and a lifetime of history we have experienced together from Harold, Floyd, Vaughn, John, Kenneth, Ruth, Clara, Clinton, Liz, Clayton, Bud and countless others I have worked with. It’s exciting to see us get a brand spanking new store!!

  2. Cool, like the responses. If one’s sick that’s a lovely option to swing by pharmacy without getting out of your car and getting others sick!! Two thumbs up from me!!

  3. So glad to hear this. Now I might not have to go to Bee Caves! The MF store was not good, especially the produce section. After finding a worm in the lettuce I stopped going! Hopefully a new team is in place now. Can I order my groceries online and just come and pick them up?

  4. I really do not think the so called drive-through pharmacy suction tube is a good idea. So cold and impersonal.

    1. Won’t there be a pharmacy counter inside for the personal-touch seeker?

    2. Where in the article does it say there will be a drive up pharmacy? Even if there is, if you don’t like it, just don’t use it. Very simple.

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