H-E-B breaks ground on big new warehouse

Even the warehouses are bigger in Texas. San Antonio-based H-E-B recently broke ground on the site of what will be a 1.6-million-sq.-ft. warehouse. The retailer said the facility — dubbed the San Antonio Super Regional Grocery Warehouse — would be its largest single-build warehouse. It is expected to be up and running in 2020 following construction completion in 2019.

H-E-B said the warehouse’s construction is the first part of a multiphase plan to develop 871 acres on the east side of San Antonio.

“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,” said 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 company’s current distribution center, which was built in the 1960s, had roughly 3,800 grocery items when it opened. The new facility will house more than 17,000 items and have 200 loading docks, sending roughly 180 trucks for delivery every day, H-E-B said. The company expects for roughly 600-to-700 employees to be assigned to warehouse, roughly half of which will be new jobs to the area, with the rest coming from existing warehouses.

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

As part of the groundbreaking event, H-E-B donated $20,000 to the San Antonio Parks Foundation for the improvement of Coepernicus Park.