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Billboard off 610 in Bellaire gives an opening date of 6/27/18! That's in a few weeks :o

 

Anybody plan on going to the grand opening?

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Bellaire Market Grand Opening

https://www.heb.com/static-page/bellaire-market-grand-opening

 

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Bellaire Market H‑E‑B opens on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Located at 5106 Bissonnet in Bellaire, we are open daily from 6am – 11pm.

 

When it comes to freshness, convenience and variety, you'll find everything here at your new H‑E‑B Bellaire Market. We proudly offer an outstanding selection and a local destination for unsurpassed quality and service while keeping H‑E‑B's pledge to offer everyday low prices.

 

 

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Messaged Mr. Scott McClelland about a ribbon cutting.  It appears they are not going to have a opening ceremony party like Central Market did.  All I hear is "6:00 AM is the grand opening".  I doubt they're having a ribbon cutting party at 6:00 AM.  Maybe H-E-B execs and the media are having their party the day prior? Not a public event.

 

Received this in the mail.

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Saw interior pictures on the chron and its mildly extremely disappointing. Looks like a a run of the mill grocery. Not even as interesting as the West U HEB or my favorite, Montrose HEB. I guess all the budget went to the two story structure. Not very upscale for one of the richest zip codes in the USA.

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On 6/26/2018 at 0:55 PM, texas911 said:

Saw interior pictures on the chron and its mildly extremely disappointing. Looks like a a run of the mill grocery. Not even as interesting as the West U HEB or my favorite, Montrose HEB. I guess all the budget went to the two story structure. Not very upscale for one of the richest zip codes in the USA.

 

Is this the slide show to which you are referring?

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/H-E-B-opens-first-double-decker-store-in-Houston-13028941.php

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So, I went by to check it out at noon.  It Was Packed.  And parking was a mess...but, I was expecting that, for today anyway.  Impression wasn't bad.  It has all the stuff that you would expect from a new HEB.  But, it doesn't have the same, airy, sunshiny feeling that both Montrose or West U have.  There just are not as many windows nor skylights. So, it has a florescent lit atmosphere, which isn't as nice.  There also didn't seem to be any café seating anywhere, which has also recently disappeared at West U, in favor of seasonal sale items. 

 

I think both West U and Montrose were designed by LAKE/FLATO, which cost quite a bit more than a "normal" store.  I am sure that Bellaire, spent a ton on the parking structure and were not able to afford a glass palace on the top. 

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OK so I went to check out the new HEB Bellaire. And yes, its not as crafted as the Montrose/WestU HEBs, no rich textures nor warm palette of wood or greenery, but its OK. The front entrance on the second floor tries to make it feel airier than it really is, but as you get to the rear of the store, its all florescent lights and low ceilings. But getting to the rear is the saving grace for this store, it is positively huge! Compared to the previous HEB Bellaire and especially the West U one. The selections are insane. Its surprising how large the footprint is. So well done HEB. Still wish they had the conveyer belt system to get up to the second floor like they do in San Antonio, but heard that the city of Bellaire nixed that. Well, its fun to watch you cart ride a funicular beside you! 

 

Oh, and they have a light system in the garage with red/green lights to tell you where there are open spots. Nice. It would have been nicer if it told you how many spots were open as you entered!

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So does this help reduce foot traffic for the Buffalo Speedway store? Probably to early to tell but I bet they are both at maximum capacity.   Maybe a 3rd HEB will help

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The new Meyerland HEB is more than a year away.  It will undoubtedly take some pressure off this one.

 

I drove by the first day, mid-afternoon.  Bissonnet west bound was one lane with a traffic cop directing traffic in and out of the entrance along Bissonnet.  I wonder how often they'll have to provide that service?

 

I haven't been yet, plan to go this week.

 

I was sitting in traffic musing about what effect this store will have on the big Fiesta on Hillcroft or the Seller's Brothers on Gulfton.  i totally, completely and utterly forgot about the Randall's right across the street.  Not at all surprising - I never go to Randall's.

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The Randalls certainly is easier to get in and out, and they recently remodeled, most noticeably getting rid of the seating area in the front (mostly served as a place for bus riders to loiter). The H-E-B...well, it's an H-E-B. There's no up escalator for empty carts, so you have to take the freight elevators in the front. The parking lot is confusingly laid out with not enough places to put carts (no grassy islands), and my favorite brand of white bread (which Kroger almost NEVER sells) was stale.

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Slightly getting off topic but HEB sure is building a lot of new stores. Randall's and Krogers do not develop as fast. The HEB mixed use on Kirby will help the foot traffic of the nearby Buffalo Speedway store. 

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On 7/1/2018 at 1:32 PM, IronTiger said:

The Randalls certainly is easier to get in and out, and they recently remodeled, most noticeably getting rid of the seating area in the front (mostly served as a place for bus riders to loiter). The H-E-B...well, it's an H-E-B. There's no up escalator for empty carts, so you have to take the freight elevators in the front. The parking lot is confusingly laid out with not enough places to put carts (no grassy islands), and my favorite brand of white bread (which Kroger almost NEVER sells) was stale.

 

But there are carts upstairs, no need to take one up with you.

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Having a sit down bar is good for grocery stores. Noticed Whole Foods Kirby had a bar.  Definitely a grocery perk these days. Someplace to go, sit down, and relax.

 

The new Bellaire HEB Market has a few beer taps but it's not situated as a bar. You can't sit down and watch sporting games :(

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Hey EK, they are building a cafe in the front of the Bellaire HEB, its jus not finished yet.

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It's official. The Roastery, a new coffee shop backed by four high-profile New York chefs, will make its debut at Bellaire's new, two-story H-E-B on Wednesday, October 17. 

As CultureMap first reported last month, The Roastery unites Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro, and Jason Giagrande (collectively, “The Four J’s”) in a new concept that expands the chefs' relationship with H-E-B. Currently, they sell coffee, food products, and specialty teas there under the Four J brand.

 

 

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The Roastery to open first location in Bellaire H-E-B grocery store

https://www.instagram.com/theroasterytx/

 

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*I'm not as good as @ CrockpotandGravel  :lol:

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