Have you heard the news? H-E-B has announced plans for a new store at Bar W Marketplace near Leander, with a grand opening in the fall of 2021! If you’re mentally trying to conjure up a map right now, let us help you out. It’ll be located at 19348 Ronald W. Reagan Blvd, basically right here at Santa Rita Ranch!
“What once was a 15-minute drive for Santa Rita Ranch residents to get to the nearest H-E-B will now be a short 1-minute drive,” said Santa Rita Ranch Developer Ed Horne. “This long-awaited development will be the closest grocery store to our amazing community, and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s coming!”
For those who aren’t already in the know, H-E-B is quite simply THE BEST grocery store in Texas – maybe even the entire country. The new H-E-B store is being built in partnership with Barshop & Oles, the premier developer of H-E-B centers in Central Texas. This new location promises to be everything that we’ve come to expect from H-E-B, offering more than 100,000 square feet of world-class grocery shopping with an emphasis on fresh, top-quality food options at everyday low prices, plus all the extras like Meal Simple, Sushiya, a scratch bakery, an expansive deli, and much more!
What will you find at the NEW H-E-B?
Well, top-notch food, for starters, including plenty of stuff that comes from right here in Texas. The produce section at your local H-E-B is well-stocked with more than 900 different home-grown options, and there’s also a wine and beer department that stocks local, national, and international labels. You can even craft your own six-pack! The new Leander location will feature an ample checkout area with self-checkout options, a full-service scratch bakery and tortilleria for artisan breads and tortillas, full-service meat market and seafood counter, a floral department, a pharmacy with drive-thru, curbside pickup, a home delivery service, and more. H-E-B is also known for its unbeatable private label collection. If you’ve never had the H-E-B Creamery Creation Peach Cobbler ice cream, we’re here to tell you it’s the BEST ICE CREAM EVER! In addition to all that, the new H-E-B will feature a Texas Backyard section offering products for grilling, gardening and outdoor entertaining.
What makes this so exciting?
Here at the Ranch, we love H-E-B! And we’re not alone! In fact, data science company Dunnhumby did a survey asking consumers to rank the top 60 largest grocery retailers in the country and found that H-E-B beat out even Trader Joe’s as the best in America! There are so many reasons that people love H-E-B, from its private-label collection featuring low-cost, organic food products to amenities such as build-your-own pizza cafes, a business center, chef-inspired options for quick and simple meal planning, and so much more. Plus, H-E-B buys local, so you’ll know you’re supporting Texas farmers and ranchers and other local businesses.
It’s a Texas thing.
Those who already live here know that H-E-B is a unique Texas institution that dates back to 1905. Today, H-E-B is the largest privately-held employer in the state. It has more than 100,000 partners in its workforce and operates over 400 stores.
But you must live in Texas to shop H-E-B!
If you’ve ever been to an H-E-B, chances are you never wanted to shop anyplace else, but you’ve got to live in Texas to shop there. The H-E-B web site explains that the company is all about “outfitting Texas families with all they need for Texas lifestyles,” and H-E-B has shown no signs of expanding outside the state. Fortunately, this is a perfect time to move to Texas, because the master-planned community at Santa Rita Ranch has amazing new homes in Austin, Texas from top builders at unbeatable prices AND a new H-E-B opening right outside our community. In fact, we’re pleased as punch to be the closest neighborhood to the new store. We’re so close that you’ll be able to walk, bike, or take your golf cart there right from your new home in Santa Rita Ranch!
Want to know more? Check out this H-E-B News Room link to read the whole announcement about the second Leander store at Bar W Marketplace and see some of the artist renderings of the proposed store, or fill out the short form above to subscribe to our Ranch newsletter. We’ll keep you up to date on all the latest and greatest events that affect us and our neighbors here in the Texas Hill Country – including exciting news like this!