H-E-B Breaks Ground On 1.6M Square-Foot Warehouse


San Antonio — HEB Grocery Co., LP has begun construction on a 1.6 million-square-foot warehouse as part of the company’s multi-phase plan to develop 871 acres of land in San Antonio. The retailer reports this is its largest investment into its manufacturing and supply-chain division, as well as its largest single-build warehouse.

Construction is set for completion in late 2019 and the facility is expected to be up and running in 2020, the company states, adding the development will give the company room to grow and the warehouse will provide additional space for dry goods and other grocery products as well as supply volume relief at its other facilities in San Antonio and San Marcos.

“As San Antonio grows, we’ve been honored to grow with it, expanding our footprint of stores and digital retail offerings to serve more Texans,” says Carson Landsgard, H-E-B senior vice-president of supply chain and logistics. “More than anything, the construction of our newest warehouse facility supports H-E-B’s future and ongoing commitment to be the best in-store and digital retailer in Texas.”

The new facility will hold more than 17,000 grocery items, and with 200 loading docks to start, roughly 180 trailers will make outbound deliveries from there each day. Once in operation, the warehouse, which will incorporate solar power solutions, will be the most energy efficient facility in the company’s industrial network.

“We’re pleased with what H-E-B has done, reaching out and helping develop a really strong workforce,” says Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “They’ve been pioneers in a number of different things that has made San Antonio a much better place to live.”

Sources note the development will be an economic boost for the area greater San Antonio region. At the start, between 600 and 700 employees will work at the warehouse, with half of those positions new to the company.

“I’m pleased with the number of job opportunities coming to district 2 in San Antonio,” says San Antonio District 2 Councilman Cruz Shaw.

Long term, the retailer says it plans to develop a master-planned campus at the location, which will include operations such as manufacturing, warehouse and transportation. Currently, there are no plans for other development on the property aside from the warehouse project. The company purchased the undeveloped land in September 2017.

“I’m delighted to welcome H-E-B to our community as our new neighbor,” says Mary Ann Hajek, mayor of China Grove. “We all agree that H-E-B is known for being a great neighbor.”

As part of a groundbreaking ceremony, H-E-B provided a $20,000 gift to the San Antonio Parks Foundation for improvements at Copernicus Park. C&ST