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Is looking like its going to be a master-piece! I love the way it engages the street, going right up to the setback instead of putting the parking lot in front. Has a butterfly roof. Really looking forward to this. Will take some pictures.

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Is looking like its going to be a master-piece! I love the way it engages the street, going right up to the setback instead of putting the parking lot in front. Has a butterfly roof. Really looking forward to this. Will take some pictures.

Yeah I drove by this the other day. I think it really looks good. Are there any renderings out there? And when is it supposed to be complete?

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I don't post much but I drive past this everyday... I still kind of miss the Luby's ha. I am glad they are incorporating the Buffalo pharmacy with the store.

My family and I are very excited about the new HEB. I am sure Kroger across the street isn't too pleased along with Randalls on Weslayan ha but oh well. I believe Compass Bank is going to build a new bank on the corner to replace the pretty run down looking one that exist there currently. That whole corner will look great.

Does anyone know what Buffalo Grille's plans are?

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Now where exactly this location now?

Buffalo Speedway, between Bissonnet & Westpark. Just noticed it as I drove by today 'cause the butterfly roof stood out. I can't really imagine getting that excited over a new grocery store, but if it ends up looking really nice - I might change my mind.

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Buffalo Speedway, between Bissonnet & Westpark. Just noticed it as I drove by today 'cause the butterfly roof stood out. I can't really imagine getting that excited over a new grocery store, but if it ends up looking really nice - I might change my mind.

Where the old Luby's used to be?

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One of hte managers at Buffalo Grille told me they are going to stay in the current building for the foreseeable future and will eventually be incorporated into the HEB building. Either way, we're not going to lose Buffalo Grille like we did Molina's (they say they're still looking for a West U-area location).

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One of hte managers at Buffalo Grille told me they are going to stay in the current building for the foreseeable future and will eventually be incorporated into the HEB building. Either way, we're not going to lose Buffalo Grille like we did Molina's (they say they're still looking for a West U-area location).

Losing Molinas took awhile for us to get used to. We went there just about every week along with many other regulars they had. I really do hope they open another one in the area soon.

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Buffalo Speedway, between Bissonnet & Westpark. Just noticed it as I drove by today 'cause the butterfly roof stood out. I can't really imagine getting that excited over a new grocery store, but if it ends up looking really nice - I might change my mind.

don't worry , the pearland residents got excited for their HEB too.

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I happened to be in the neighborhood this morning and drove by. I had no idea that most of the shopping center (sans Buffalo Grill) had been demolished on the corner. Wow that looks different.

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Anybody know the design architect or arch. of record for this H-E-B?

A coworker and I were speaking of this today.

Stella Link Library and this H-E-B has the same 'design' almost.

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I drove by yesterday evening, but I didn't see an architect reference sign. There are signs for JE Dunn Construction http://www.jedunn.com/. The HEB project is not listed on their site, though.

I can't wait for the store to open. I'll probably abandon Disco Kroger for this new store.

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Anybody know the design architect or arch. of record for this H-E-B?

A coworker and I were speaking of this today.

Stella Link Library and this H-E-B has the same 'design' almost.

Where do I go to file a formal complaint regarding the middle of the night construction noise going on at Kroger, as the fastidiously try to rebuild that store in order to compete with the new HEB across the street? I am being forced to move because of the welding, power saws and hammering at all hours of the night, right outside my window. 10pm-4am almost every single night. Speaking with management at the store, and at the Cincinnati corporate offices has not yet been of any help. "We will try to keep the noise down." "There's nothing we can do - we have a permit." Sure, they have a permit to work, but do they have a permit to disturb the peace? I can promise that I as I incur moving expenses, I will be going after their butts in the process. This has been going on for over 12-weeks - sleep deprivation prevails; and their promises of "another 3 weeks" has now turned into July 17. That's 6 more weeks using my remedial mathematics skills.

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Where do I go to file a formal complaint regarding the middle of the night construction noise going on at Kroger, as the fastidiously try to rebuild that store in order to compete with the new HEB across the street? I am being forced to move because of the welding, power saws and hammering at all hours of the night, right outside my window. 10pm-4am almost every single night. Speaking with management at the store, and at the Cincinnati corporate offices has not yet been of any help. "We will try to keep the noise down." "There's nothing we can do - we have a permit." Sure, they have a permit to work, but do they have a permit to disturb the peace? I can promise that I as I incur moving expenses, I will be going after their butts in the process. This has been going on for over 12-weeks - sleep deprivation prevails; and their promises of "another 3 weeks" has now turned into July 17. That's 6 more weeks using my remedial mathematics skills.

Um, the Kroger across from the HEB on this thread was completed a few years back. Are you referring to the Heights Kroger thread?

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Um, the Kroger across from the HEB on this thread was completed a few years back. Are you referring to the Heights Kroger thread?

No, Rweil is right, they are doing some interior remodels on that particular existing Kroger, directly across from the new HEB going up on Buffalo Speedway near Westpark. I didn't know they were working at night. Thought they doing everything behind the temporary walls they put in place inside the store, and in the daytime.

If they have a permit, I'm sure there's nothing on it expressing what hours they can work and which they can't. Maybe file a complaint at the Code Enforcement building?

On a side note I will try to snap some photos of this, its quite an interesting design. I find it ironic that all of HEBs commercials are about how much you can save over Kroger and now they build a new one right smack across from them. I for one am glad. It is a hassle during peak times to find parking in that Kroger shopping center, and if I can save more at HEB over Kroger even with the Plus Card, then hell yea. The closest HEB to me till now was more of a drive than I wanted to make just for groceries.

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Hmm, I thought that Kroger was just fine. They must be shaking in their boots with HEB coming and want to make the place look real purdy inside.

I've got an idea: Take a petition at your (Finger?) property and state that you will all shop at HEB exclusively if they don't knock off the night time noise. ;)

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Actually had a group interview with HEB for this location and drove by the store today. It's very sleek and modern-looking, something you would expect Whole Foods or a high end grocery store to build. It has got an all glass front and a "butterfly" roof (their words in the interview). When I go in for the final interview I'll drive by again bring my camera so I can snap some pictures.

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I like the design, but it sure is unique. I'm not sure about the "box car" siding panels or their checkered color scheme. I'll wait until it's fixed to pass judgement.

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Hmm, I thought that Kroger was just fine. They must be shaking in their boots with HEB coming and want to make the place look real purdy inside.

I've got an idea: Take a petition at your (Finger?) property and state that you will all shop at HEB exclusively if they don't knock off the night time noise. ;)

Heck yeah there shaking in their boots. This is Kroger's most "profitable" store in the entire Houston region! HEB is going to make a HUGE dent into their pockets and HEB knows it!! Building right in front of them was no "coincidence" they know their target market and they know it well. :lol:

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I think this is the coolest grocery store I've ever seen, very Googie-looking! B)

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I love how you took the first 3 shots from the Kroger shopping center parking lot. Ironic and epic :lol:

I like this design but the only thing I can do without is all the different colors of the lower exterior on that side. This is HEB now, not Fiesta.

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They could have gotten more GREEN points if they used actual shipping container paneling on the sides. That would have been pretty SLICK, actually!

Still, very nice!

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I'm a little excited - Kroger is getting dull, Randalls/Rice isn't on the radar, Whole Foods is only once in a while, I can only take Fiesta every so often, and the other closest HEB to me is the crummy one in Bellaire. It'll be a madhouse though (reminiscent of the couple times I've been to the HEB on Westheimer and Fountain View..).

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I think this new HEB looks fantastic and it's been a long time coming. Only thing I'm not sure about is parking... this place will destroy Kroger and I, for one, don't plan on setting foot in Kroger again once this store opens.

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I think this new HEB looks fantastic and it's been a long time coming. Only thing I'm not sure about is parking... this place will destroy Kroger and I, for one, don't plan on setting foot in Kroger again once this store opens.

When the HEB at 290 & Barker Cypress opened up, I said the same thing about the Randall's across the street -- I'd never go back. But those opening-day crowds at HEB never really went away -- it's always packed, and the Randall's is always nearly empty. So I go to Randalls just to avoid the hectic crowds. They can't possibly keep this going for ever... But until they board up the place, I'll pay a little more and live with a little less produce selection in exchange for some peaceful shopping.

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When the HEB at 290 & Barker Cypress opened up, I said the same thing about the Randall's across the street -- I'd never go back. But those opening-day crowds at HEB never really went away -- it's always packed, and the Randall's is always nearly empty. So I go to Randalls just to avoid the hectic crowds. They can't possibly keep this going for ever... But until they board up the place, I'll pay a little more and live with a little less produce selection in exchange for some peaceful shopping.

All the more reason to have more big HEB's inside the loop or even a smaller one downtown.

The Kroger across BFSwy is already packed, as are all three Randall's and all other stores in the area. Even Costco is near. The area is so dense in population that we need some competition for pricing purposes. I shop at various places, depending on what the pricing is on the weekly fliers of what I need/want.

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When the HEB at 290 & Barker Cypress opened up, I said the same thing about the Randall's across the street -- I'd never go back. But those opening-day crowds at HEB never really went away -- it's always packed, and the Randall's is always nearly empty. So I go to Randalls just to avoid the hectic crowds. They can't possibly keep this going for ever... But until they board up the place, I'll pay a little more and live with a little less produce selection in exchange for some peaceful shopping.

Once again, I hear a lot of people saying that their stores are busy...There is a reason that their stores are always busy its great service and great prices. I just don't find that at Kroger, Wal-Mart, nor Randalls. Supporting a Texas owned business, the largest private company in the entire state!! :lol:

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Architects according to the chron article is Lake/Flato. No wonder I like it.

NOISE NOISE NOISE - That's all I hear from Kroger's attempt at reconstructing their store in order to compete with the HEB. I have had several conversations with Gary Huddleston(Director of Consumer Affairs who was quoted in the article) about the noise. Profuse apologies aside, welding, drilling, banging and building outside in the back alley from midnight through 5am each morning has not halted. They are doing more than just remodeling their food court (to compete with Cafe on the Run), bakery and adding a chocolate dipping station. It's a compete overhaul of a store that went through a complete remodeling four years ago. If that's not "shaking in your boots", I don't know what is. I am not at liberty to discuss the settlement I reached with Kroger, but that settlement did not give them license to continue the noise at everyone's expense. The very community they are trying to impress and convince with their "remodel" is the very community they have alientated. Welcome to HEB. I won't be Krogering any longer.

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I won't be Krogering any longer.

Hear! Your ordeal plus stories from the Kroger workforce are enough for me..

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Does anybody know what is going on with HEB's ownership of Shepherd Plaza? It seems they acquired this parcel after starting the Buffalo Speedway Assembly. I know it would be a shame to loose this classic shopping center, but if they replace it with a building similar to this one, I won't be upset.

I've heard several people say that it is too close to the Buffalo Market, but in my opinion they serve two completely different markets and the Shepherd location is actually more desirable. As the competition in the area is a tired Fiesta, which is fine an does the task, and an overpriced boring "Randall's" (come on it's a boring Safeway.) My guess is that they are going to check the sales on the new store and since it is smaller, proceed with the Shepherd location. My guess is that the new HEB is going to be overrun with people. I plan on trying to do my shopping there later at night when the families are putting their kids to sleep. I just really want the Shepherd location to be built.

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Swamplot says that Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio are doing "Buffalo Market". I did not see this project on their website though.

Apparently, it's going to be ooh la la. 50% of the store will be perishable items and it will be like the Central Market hybrid in The Woodlands, only more updated and eco friendly.

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HEB opened today, its fantastic! Not as big as the Kroger but the design and layout is awesome. Reminds me of the Sugar land Whole Foods.

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HEB opened today, its fantastic! Not as big as the Kroger but the design and layout is awesome. Reminds me of the Sugar land Whole Foods.

Were there a lot of people?Any crowds?

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From Swamplot:

FRESH FROM A first visit to the new butterfly-roofed, design-pedigreed H-E-B Market on Buffalo Speedway at Bissonnet — which opened to the public bright and early at 6 o’clock this morning — a reader writes in with a report:

There were uniformed traffic directing cops with loud whistles herding eager shoppers into the parking lot. In the entry way, I was greeted by HEB Buddy, some kind of a brown bag cartoon character. The store was packed and had a carnival-like atmosphere. HEB was well-prepared with quadruple staff greeting and answering questions. The buffalo speedway side seems to be more of the Central Market stuff, like Cafe On the Run, bakery, fish market, etc. And the rest of the store feels more like an HEB with Central Market products integrated throughout. As a regular shopper at Central Market, I think having some cheaper alternatives nearby will save me money.

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What about that giant Kroger just across Buffalo Speedway? Fox 26 reporter Isiah Carey says it’s gone nightclub:

As soon as I walked through the door I heard r&b music blasting. I thought to myself this Kroger is off the chain. Then I heard people applauding. I looked up on the second floor of the ‘grocery store’ and saw a live band. . . . The lead singer who happens to be a woman then went into her rendition of Bobby Brown’s My [Prerogative] . . .

On this day at the Kroger you could virtually get your lunch for free because there were so many samples being handed out to everyone. This is becoming a grocery store war. But I have to hand it to Kroger, the live band won me over. It made me want to go to the wine section, grab a bottle, pop it open and say screw my job. I’m chillin at Kroger all day long!

http://swamplot.com/opening-day-h-e-b-buffalo-market-stampede-begins/2009-08-05/

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I just spoke with someone getting home from shopping at this HEB. In a nutshell - Hated It! - Said the that layout was horrible and that Kroger was much better. And I'm talking "Crackhead" Kroger, formerly "Disco", not the nice one across Buffalo.

I haven't been through the store yet myself , but I did venture in to the bakers counter and was quite impressed with the quality and variety of cakes, etc.

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Many people in that area aren't too fond of Krogers and are glad that HEB opened in their neck of the woods.

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Here's construction of their new H-E-B Curbside pickup.  Will this effect, the already bad, parking situation?

 

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It already has.  For quite a few months, about 8-10 spots have been reserved for this.  The new construction just makes it so they can go out a separate door instead of the main door, potentially speeding up the curbside pickup.  The parking situation is why I usually walk to this grocery store rather than drive.

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