H-E-B's newest location has opened in the Third Ward. Dubbed the MacGregor Market, the 90,000-square-foot store (6055 South Freeway) is the first full-service grocery store to open in the area in 20 years, according to CultureMap news partner ABC13.
“This H-E-B store has been in the making for some time now, and we are thrilled to put our roots down on this historic corner of Houston,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B’s Group VP for Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs, in a statement. “Thanks to the diligent work of the City of Houston, the Houston Housing Finance Corporation (HHFC), community supporters and our H-E-B team, we are honored to be an even bigger and better part of this neighborhood.”
The store's opening completes a five-year process that included the city of Houston using $13.9 million in federal grants to purchase the property from Houston Community College, which it then leased to H-E-B for the store. Expected to be a boon to both its immediate neighborhood as well as rapidly growing adjacent neighborhoods like the Medical Center and the Museum District, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined H-E-B president Scott McClelland at Tuesday's ribbon cutting.
Shopper will find the store loaded with the same style of amenities that H-E-B has included at its new stores in Bellaire, The Heights, and on Washington Avenue. MacGregor Market offers 50,000 items, including the largest selection of the store's Meal Simple heat and eat options, 1,500 organic, and a produce selection that includes freshly-squeezed juices. Other amenities include a pharmacy with a drive-thru, a cooking demonstration area, a bakery with a tortillería, and an extensive selection of beer and wine.
Alternatively, shoppers can skip the in-store experience in favor of picking them up curbside or having them delivered by Favor, which is also owned by H-E-B.
Looking ahead, H-E-B has plans for additional stores in the heart of Houston. A Meyerland store to replace one that flooded during Hurricane Harvey is under construction on Beechnut near 610, and the company has also announced it will open a new location in Upper Kirby at the intersection of West Alabama and Kirby.