STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS
MARBLE FALLS — A pep-rally atmosphere welcomed early morning shoppers to the 6 a.m. opening of Marble Falls’ newest attraction.
The Marble Falls High School band played outside the new 110-000-square-foot H-E-B store, 1503 RR 1431, while the school’s cheerleaders welcomed shoppers inside.
One local shopper wasted little time getting to the register to become the store’s first customer.
“I just wanted change for the lotto machine,” Marble Falls resident Steve Feist said.
His purchase — a bag of M&Ms — also netted Feist a flower bouquet and a $50 H-E-B gift card for being the store’s first customer.
“I didn’t figure they’d make a big deal out of it,” Feist said of his purchase. “They took the first dollar out of my change. I gave them a twenty.”
Feist said he got in line to enter the store shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, and even attended the family preview Thursday because his youngest son, Seth, works at the store.
Was anyone else there when he arrived so early?
“Nobody,” he said.
Feist said his wife also planned to attend, but he didn’t see her at the store by the time it opened.
“She’s gonna freak when she sees this,” Feist said of the flowers and gift card.
“I’ll tell her I bought some flowers with it. She gave me a twenty to get some dog food.”