HEB in Plano has an official opening date. The store on the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2.
The 118,000 square foot Plano store, like the Frisco store, will have an attached HE-B’s True Texas BBQ restaurant with drive-thru, home decor and essentials department and a beauty section with makeup and skincare brands capillaries that are sold in salons and Sephora and Ulta.
That date may not be soon enough for employees at HE-B’s Frisco store, which opened September 21. This store had 1,500 people waiting to get in at 6am on the day it opened, and there are still queues to get in, especially on weekends. .
Many Plano residents say they are waiting for their own store to open to create a very large store in HEB.
“I think a lot of people are waiting for this one to open closer to them,” said Plano resident Claudia Kist, co-worker of a HEB Facebook group that now has more than 4,000 members. The transplanted New Yorker who has lived in Plano for 10 years said she now primarily shops at Central Market. She lives just a mile from the new Plano HEB store, but also plans to continue shopping at Central Market.
The location of HEB Plano has already impacted the retail landscape. Kohl’s built a new store right next to its existing West Plano store to face the HEB on Preston Road, and a Houston real estate investment trust bought the Lakeside Market mall next to the HE-B parking lot, anticipating a additional traffic through the center.
While HEB has operated a few stores around the southern and western perimeters of Dallas-Fort Worth, from Waxahachie to Hudson Oaks, for several years, the Frisco and Plano stores are kicking off the Texas grocer’s major expansion plans in D-FW. HEB has owned Plano Corner since 2012, and it’s one of many plots the San Antonio grocer has purchased over the past 20 years.
Like the Frisco store, the Plano HEB has several competitors located around it, including the Central Market HE-B store in Plano, which is five miles southeast of the new store.
The company chose Plano and Frisco for its first two stores because they are in densely populated and rapidly growing areas. HEB has two more stores under construction in Allen and McKinney which will open next summer and says it will be inaugurated at Mansfield early next year.
Plano Store Manager Patrick Gural is a 16-year veteran of HEB. He ran the only Central Market store in Houston before moving north in late 2019 to work as a regional merchant in North Texas. The store will have an attached e-commerce fulfillment center that will open later, HEB and Central Market spokeswoman Mabrie Jackson said.
Kist and his friend Tommy Trogden launched their Facebook group in June 2020, months after HEB announced it would finally start building stores in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Kist and Trogden first called the page “HEB is finally coming to Plano!” but after the group began to attract an average of 100 new member requests per day, the page was renamed “North Texas HEB Fanatics”.
Kist said the biggest question on the site is, “Is there a line at Frisco right now?”
Trodgden, a fifth-generation native Texan, said he was rebuffed when talking to neighbors who said, “What? It’s just a grocery store.
His response is a playful, “Shut your mouth.”
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