Long-awaited H-E-B under construction
By MIKE EDDLEMAN
LEANDER — Soon, shoppers in the Liberty Hill area will have another grocery and shopping option, this one to the east, as construction has begun on Bar W Ranch, a development with a new H-E-B grocery store as its hub.
The store will be 102,000 square feet and slated to open in fall 2021.
The 50-acre development is on the southeast corner of SH 29 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, and was permitted for construction by the City of Leander Aug. 26.
“This project will bring more than 200,000 square feet of grocery, restaurant, and retail oriented uses to a fast growing area of Leander,” said Leander Economic Development Managing Partner Cameron Goodman. “This not only creates new job opportunities for our residents, but will also help to expand the number of shopping options and improve the overall quality of life for our residents – especially those located on the eastern side of Leander’s city limits. This project also signals to the business community and other retailers that the State Highway 29 and Ronald Reagan intersection and its adjacent area is an increasingly desirable location to operate a business.”
The long-anticipated new grocery store will not be an H-E-B Plus, but is expected to be about 100,000 square feet, according to Goodman.
“H-E-B has a long record of local community involvement and has earned its reputation as one of the very best grocers in the country,” he said. “We are excited to welcome a second H-E-B location to Leander.”
The development includes more than a dozen other retail buildings and pad sites for other businesses, and will include an H-E-B gas station. No other official tenant announcements have been made to date.
“The developer of this project has very recently started construction and their leasing efforts, so there are not any additional tenants that can be announced at this time,” Goodman said. “In addition to the approximately 100,000 square feet H-E-B store, the site is planned to include more than 100,000 square feet of additional commercial space including retail and restaurant pads.”
No projected opening date has been shared publicly, but Goodman said opening the second H-E-B in Leander is an important sign regarding area growth.
“Leander’s record setting growth has helped to make new high quality economic development opportunities possible for our community,” he said. “Companies that are of the size and sophistication of H-E-B have very defined site location requirements that must be met before they select a location and make the investment of building a new store. H-E-B’s decision to open a second location in Leander is a testament to the strong business environment and the quality of site options that exist for new businesses seeking to locate in our area.”
The store will include:
• H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery
• Pharmacy with drive-thru
• Blooms floral area offering online ordering
• Texas Backyard, offering products for grilling, gardening and outdoor entertaining
• Business Center for financial services, licenses and permits, tickets to local attractions and lottery