Checkout-lane: League City residents soon will have more supermarket options. H-E-B has filed preliminary paperwork with the city to build a 98,000-square-foot store on the southeast corner of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard, reports Owen Rock, the city’s economic development manager. Can we expect some store wars? The proposed H-E-B would be directly across from Kroger, which is on the intersection’s northeast corner. The new grocery store would give residents in that part of town more grocery options, Rock said. The proposed H-E-B also would include a gas station, Rock said. H-E-B already operates a Bay Colony store at 2955 Interstate 45.

H-E-B is the latest to show interest in the area. Retail/restaurant activity at the intersection of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard is heating up in a big way. As previously buzzed, fast-food purveyor McDonald’s and coffee seller Starbucks are planning stores in a strip center underway on the northwest corner of the intersection. No word on when H-E-B might begin construction. Stay tuned.

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(10) comments

Kevin Lang

I'll be waiting with bated breath for the HEB.

Lars Faltskog

Well, HEB doesn't like the island. Are we not high-brow enough for them anymore?

Michael Sabanovich

It looks that way. I've always liked HEB and their Texas based private label products. I drive past the I-45/646 League City store every day going to and from work. For several years I would do all of my grocery shopping there on my way home to the Island.
One day it hit me that I was supporting a retailer that does absolutely nothing for Galveston. It even angered me in their smugness about not locating here.
At that moment I vowed to never shop there again and to support Galveston Island Kroger, Randall's, and even Arlan's rather than give my money to HEB. The Island stores at least contribute to the community.
I know that it means nothing to HEB but my personal boycott sure makes me feel better.

Lars Faltskog

Response to mikeS posted at 3:00 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013:

That's good to hear, Mike. I do the same as far as personal "boycotting". When I make my way to Houston, I pass by them even though at times it looks tempting. In reality, HEB has done the same to Houston. They're only located in the more upwardly mobile areas, in general. EXAMPLE: Along Dunlavy and Alabama...ritzy west side. But, not one on the east side....unless one counts Scott Street and OST. Like I say, few and far between.

Many neighborhoods up there are "food islands", where good supermarkets are sparse. Where there ARE supermarkets in the "less affluent" areas, HEB is nowhere to be found.

Bottom line: HEB is no friend to the island.

Andy Aycoth

Want an HEB? Move to League City, they will soon have two .

Lars Faltskog

Response to Alvinbr62 posted at 4:42 am on Fri, Nov 1, 2013:

There's no way on god's green earth for anyone to desire to move to League City. It's the epitome of a suburgatory - sprawling, no character, johnny-come-lately of the county, with apparently a municipal council group that likes to make headlines regarding ridiculous "carrying gun rights". A grocery store isn't worth its citizenship.

Kevin Lang

sverige1, those are fighting words! Yes, we have our share of people who's heads are too big for their Stetsons, but overall, we're a nice community with significant growing pains. There's plenty of character in our town. We just have a hard time electing leaders with character.

George Croix

Puhleeeese at least consider abandoning the aisle arrangement that the current store has, seemingly layed out after watching an old rerun of the Laurel and Hardy movie where they are lost in a maze at Oxford, or perhaps in the midst of a drunken epileptic seizure. Put in nice straight rows where a shopper can go back and forth easily and in an orderly manner while looking for the items that stores INSIST on moving around all the time, either as a marketing ploy, or out of a sadistic hatred of order and predictability, whichever the case may be...

Kevin Lang

I think it's intentional. They want you to have a difficult time finding what you came for so that you'll see a bunch of stuff they want you to buy. Then, after you've wandered through the store and filled your cart (with everything EXCEPT what you came for :-) ), you check out, get home, and then you have to go back AGAIN to get what you went for the first time.

George Croix

Not me.
I just get P'd and don't buy anything at all that I can find anywhere else in reasonable driving distance.
The price for them assuming I'm easily manipulated is 2.95 for ONE container of butter substitute nobody else carries, versus the 250 buck grocery bill at Kroger.
But, that's just me.
Not to be discriminatory, though, I give the same 'only if nowhere else' business patronization approach to places with a 30.06 posted by the door.
They don't trust me, then I don't trust them...[beam][beam][beam][beam]

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