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In “very good news” for the city of Bellaire, HEB Grocery Stores is planning a new store at its current location at 5106 Cedar.

The grocery store chain has reserved the Bellaire Civic Center for a February 24 “community meeting” to announce details of its request for a “planned development” in downtown Bellaire. That development will include a new store. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, at 7008 S. Rice.

Bellaire City Manager Paul Hofmann confirmed Wednesday that the grocery store chain will be building a new facility, which he called “very good news.” He said that he had informed Mayor Phil Nauert and other members of the Bellaire City Council about the application for a permit.

HEB is one of the nation’s largest independent grocery store chains. The company was founded in Kerrville, Tx. more than 100 years ago. The grocery chain has more than 155 stores throughout Texas.

For years, many Bellaire residents have complained that the city’s shopping opportunities have failed to keep up with the community’s changing atmosphere. The city’s two grocery stores, the HEB on Cedar and the Randall’s on Bellaire Blvd., have failed to keep pace with the changing demographics of the city.

Real estate values in Bellaire have soared, drawing many higher-income residents to Bellaire, who desire more choices and better selections while shopping.

Hofmann said that Brown & Gray Engineers had submitted a request to the Bellaire Planning and Zoning Commission for a new “planned development” at the store’s current location on Cedar.

That request is scheduled to go before the commission on March 10.

Hofmann said that city officials are trying to let HEB handle their public communications about the new store.

http://www.instantnewsbellaire.com/2015/02/11/38451/

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I think that store started as one of the old "Pantry Foods" concepts. I wonder if HEB is planning to upgrade the location (including buying out some of the neighboring stores) to turn it into something more akin to their Buffalo, Montrose, and now, Tanglewood markets.

 

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I know it was an Academy store at one time then became one of the area's first Pantry stores. It will be interesting to see what they build there. Not a whole lot of room to expand without taking up precious parking spaces. Makes me wonder if they will close off 5th street or Spruce to allow expansion. 

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The H-E-B did start as a "Pantry Foods" concept, which were small and generally lacked most supermarket standards (deli, bakery, pharmacy). The Randalls was, IIRC, a Safeway (then AppleTree) originally. The buyout should put more control of Randalls in local hands (and they were going to keep the division), but at best is an uphill battle to compete at this rate.

I'm guessing that they'll flatten their existing store (along with adjacent space) for a newer, larger building.

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I know it was an Academy store at one time then became one of the area's first Pantry stores. It will be interesting to see what they build there. Not a whole lot of room to expand without taking up precious parking spaces. Makes me wonder if they will close off 5th street or Spruce to allow expansion. 

 

It would make sense to close both Spruce and Cedar west of 5th as they create intersection spacing issues and serve little circulation purpose. This will be quite interesting to see unfold as Bellaire will be looking for quality pedestrian friendly and "green" development--especially if a street segment or two is closed. Couldn't imagine HEB not creating a store at least twice the existing size. This must entail more than just the existing HEB store and parking lot footprint. 

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San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co.plans to replace its 20,000-square-foot Bellaire store with a new 70,000-square-foot store, according to reports.

H-E-B officials announced the plan at a meeting with Bellaire residents earlier this week, InstantNewsBellaire.com andSwamplot report.

One of the possible scenarios would be building on the site of the existing store, at 5100 Cedar St., which would require the other businesses in the shopping center to relocate, according to the reports. However, the company is considering other sites, as wellt the meeting, officials showed images of the company's new San Antonio store on Nogalitos Street.

The former 26,000-square-foot grocery store at 1601 Nogalitos St. was built in 1945. It closed last summer so H-E-B could expand the store. Yet H-E-B couldn't add another wing to the property because the space was landlocked. Instead of moving the location, H-E-B decided to demolish the original store and construct a new two-story building in its place.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2015/02/h-e-b-plans-to-replace-expand-bellaire-store.html

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If HEB can build two-story grocery stores over parking amongst housing in San Antonio and they are proposing the same along Bissonnett, surely one would think they would consider the same for Downtown.

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If HEB can build two-story grocery stores over parking amongst housing in San Antonio and they are proposing the same along Bissonnett, surely one would think they would consider the same for Downtown.

 

Or if not Downtown, Eado.

 

Mr. Scott McClelland, if you build it, we WILL come...from miles around! My East End neighbors and I  don't like selection or quality at the Gulfgate store or the one on OST@Scott and are tired of the long trek to the one on W. Alabama.

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From what I've heard HEB has purchased the whole center and will be tearing most of it down to build the new store. 

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Can't wait! Looks like just parking is 2 stories? Either way, new store will be awesome,the existing store... Not so bueno and I like HEB. It'll save me a drive over to the West U Kroger.

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Whiners. That quote from the dry cleaner reeks of entitlement. You have a right to do business so long as the space is available and you pay your lease. It's business and no one owes them any more or any less.

I feel like this will only help local business. It'll be nice and shiny and new and as stated above, if you build it they will come. One can hope it will only revitalize this side of Bellaire and things drive more business and help clean up and add nicer things.

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Houston is densifying. And you have people complaining about literally nothing. She clearly doesn't know that Houston is changing for the better.

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Looks like there's a small hang-up with who should be on the hook for the easements.

 

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/City-rejects-free-rights-of-way-for-H-E-B-6466294.php

 

There's also some renders here, on page 50-53:

 

http://bellairecitytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1233&Inline=True

 

Small update 

 

http://www.instantnewsbellaire.com/2015/09/08/38976/

 

 

After a 35-minute closed-door session, city councilmembers voted 6-1 – with only Gus Pappas dissenting – to take the unusual step of reconsidering and repealing its vote Aug. 17 that abandoned two rights-of-way and three easements, totaling .1598 acres, at a price to H-E-B of $187,687.

 

Now, as an incentive, H-E-B will receive the property that runs along its existing store and strip center – appraised at more than $250,000 —  at no cost.

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Any updates on this project? I found an article from Sept 2015 stating Bellaire City Council voted to give HEB that land it wanted for the new project (for free!?) contingent on HEB moving forward with the project, but found no commitment from HEB or forward progress.

YourHoustonNews article

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I spoke to one of the current HEB managers last week, and he said that from what he's heard the two story is still in the plans, with a start date of summer 2017.

Take that with a grain of salt though. 

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I wonder what it would mean for the Bellaire Randalls. It seems to draw a pretty decent day time crowd, though it's a small store with outmoded facilities.

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On 7/13/2015 at 8:39 PM, amashgo said:

Whiners. That quote from the dry cleaner reeks of entitlement. You have a right to do business so long as the space is available and you pay your lease. It's business and no one owes them any more or any less.

I feel like this will only help local business. It'll be nice and shiny and new and as stated above, if you build it they will come. One can hope it will only revitalize this side of Bellaire and things drive more business and help clean up and add nicer things.

I feel like there's two sides of the coin to issues like these, and HEB is doing the right thing. They're giving the tenants plenty of time to move, they could of been total jerks and just ended all the leases and started tearing up the old stores, but they're trying to work with them.

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9 hours ago, BigFootsSocks said:

Whole Foods on Post Oak already claimed that title

Cool, I haven't been there and didn't think about the fact that it was two stories.

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It's pretty nice, all the parking is below ground in a nice climate-controlled building. Slightly irritating going on a humid day because my windows fog up so bad I have stick my head out the window to see lol

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If I went there I would be passing two other Whole Foods to get there so never even considered it. But l see they have their own brews so may have to check that out!

Ok I'll stop hijacking the HEB thread now. Which I am excited about because we are planning to move to Bellaire in a few years once the kiddo's reach school age.

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I'll hijack once more to add that (like some HEB's and the new Fairfield Kroger) you can bring a 32oz or 64oz thermos and fill it up at the bar. Haven't tried at this location, but I think it's the same. 

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New site plans/elevations posted on Bellaire's website dated August 1, 2016.

http://www.bellairetx.gov/documentcenter/view/18553

 

Swamplot did a writeup. I'm using their images because I don't want to crop/save/upload my own.

http://swamplot.com/a-look-around-h-e-bs-planned-double-decker-parking-lot-and-single-story-store-in-bellaire/2016-08-29/

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Tons more images in the Bellaire Amendment.

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A very interesting solution for a parking garage. I kinda like how they handled this site given the amount of parking they need and the space they have.

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Realty News Report indicates a day later, march 13th, as their last day.  The Bellaire news website is probably more accurate, plus they attached an image. The H-E-B banner indicates march 12.

 

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http://realtynewsreport.com/2017/02/06/h-e-bs-first-two-story-grocery-in-houston-area-starts-in-bellaire/

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BELLAIRE, Texas – (By Michelle Leigh Smith) – H-E-B plans to close their Bellaire store on March 13 and demolish it to make way for the San Antonio-based grocer’s first two-story food emporium in the Houston area.

 

Using the two-story format could allow H-E-B to penetrate Houston’s upscale urban submarkets where development sites are scarce and land is expensive.

 

“Construction will begin March 17, 2017,” says Cyndy Garza Roberts, H-E-B spokesperson.

 

The site is in the City of Bellaire on Bissonnet Street at Cedar, just west of South Rice Avenue. The new two-story store, expected to be about 70,000-SF, will open in late in 2017, she says. It will have 82 second-story parking spaces, a pharmacy, bakery and a floral department.

 

“The Bellaire store is not the only store we are building,” Garza Roberts says. “It will certainly open in 2017, but it will be in the fall of 2017. We do not have a definite date.”

Four new H-E-B stores have been added in Houston in the last year, in Kingwood, Clear Lake, in the Aliana master planned community off the Grand Parkway and in Magnolia.

The City of Bellaire held a public hearing at the Bellaire Civic Center in August of 2016 for residents who wanted to understand how the new H-E-B two-story grocery store with upper-level shopping would work. H-E-B operates a few multi-level stores in Mexico and it recently opened a multi-level store at 1610 Nogalitos St. in San Antonio.

Last summer H-E-B announced plans to build the store on 3.055 acres at 4601 Bissonnet. An adjoining strip center was purchased and the tenants in that strip have relocated, clearing the way for demolition.

 

“They plan to build to the lot line,” says Bellaire Development Services Director John McDonald.

 

Ramp access to the second will be at the northeast corner of the new H-E-B complex.

 

Plans call for metal awnings, metal screens precast concrete and masonry will accessorize the red, black and beige complex. There is a 50-ft. elevation facing Rice Avenue, as well as a large H-E-B sign with white letters against a red background, surrounded by glazing. The second level parking deck will have 82 parking places. Ground level parking provides for 230 spaces, plus five on the street for a total of 312 spaces. The city’s parking requirement for the new store is 297 spaces based on 5 per 1000, so the total of 317 exceeds the requirement. The design accommodates a sales floor of 52,833 SF, an administrative mezzanine of 2,319 SF, a pharmacy of 2,098 SF and food prep areas of 2,064 SF.

 

An application with an expanded building size and reconfigured docks was submitted by Lyle Henkel, P.E., President of Terra Associates, Inc., the consulting engineers on the project. Missing in the new design are the trees, landscaping along Bissonnet and greenspace promised at the early City Hall meeting by H-E-B Senior Due Diligence Manager John Rose, who has built many new grocery stores as well as some Pappas restaurants across the Lone Star State.

A tree disposition plan has now been submitted to the Development Services department in Bellaire, which is an independent municipality near the West Loop.

“H-E-B continues to tell us they are close to being on their original schedule,” says Bellaire City Manager Paul Hofmann. This means demolition will be underway shortly.

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2017/02/06/h-e-bs-first-two-story-grocery-in-houston-area-starts-in-bellaire/

 

 

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Any demo crews on the scene this week? Looks like "construction" starts on Friday.

 

Thought about grabbing a beer and sitting on the side lines watching the demolition   :P

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Project fence going up. I got in there just in time. Might be blocked off to the public in the next few days (scheduled demo this Friday?)

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All products are removed from shelves.  Shocking sight but it would have been cooler to see an empty shell before the demo.

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Last days of the exterior.

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New equipment out this week. Moving fast!!

 

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