Be it the Texana, the JJ Watt and Astros connections, or pithy pitchman Scott McClelland, Houstonians love their H-E-B. On Wednesday, June 27, locals will have even more reason to gush, as the ubiquitous chain will unveil the first multi-level store in Houston — and only the second in Texas, after San Antonio.
The new 78,000-square-foot store, located in Bellaire at 5106 Bissonnet St., will more than double the size of the original H-E-B Pantry location. Guests can expect two levels of shopping, expanded and covered parking in the first-floor garage, second-level parking, and elevators and escalators to navigate the store and garage.
Much like its sister store Central Market, the new H-E-B will offer the usual meat, seafood, produce, bakery, and deli departments, and will also offer up prepared meals, sushi, and a tortilleria. A “showtime” kitchen will showcase cooking instructions and demos. Shoppers can also look for a blooming floral department and an outdoor gardening area. The popular curbside pickup will also roll out on opening day.
Other new amenities include a permanent interactive light installation called Blue by You, by Texas artist Ansen Seale. As shoppers move, the piece — composed of acrylic, LED lights and aluminum — responds by changing color, leaving a trail behind the moving person. And coffee lovers can look forward to The Roastery, a second-floor coffee and eatery.
And Houstonians wanting to get in on the double-decker shopping? Their cart runneth over: H-E-B is building two-story stores in the Heights and Meyerland as well.