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Sneak peak update on their new in-house chocolate factory.

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Copper line. Sushi department?

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Other side of the copper line.. temperature controlled shelving. Might be the same design as the others in the "prepared foods" area?

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2nd floor by the kitchen school had this blue tarp last month.

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That area is now filled with seating! They expanded the upstairs "cafe seating".  Such a massive place.

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On 5/22/2016 at 5:10 PM, Twitter1 said:

Noticed a few things this morning while grocery shopping.  They (temporarily?) moved the lotion area in the Health & Beauty department. The left over shelving is old and gross! Surely these will go once the remodel furnishings take place? Hopefully they don't skimp on the budget for new shelving.  I understand once products hit the shelves again, the stains will hardly be noticeable, but they are still old and gross.

 

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Oh yeah!! New shelving!!

(Was put in place a few weeks ago. Just now sharing photos.)

 

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This place still continues to blow my mind. It's a "foodies" paradise.  Some misc. photos from the past week or two.

 

New directional signage around the store. I like the design.

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They really did create/expand their olive oil/vinegar area! In their press release they indicated they'd focus on olive oils and such. It's a curved section of the store.  The area is separated from the rest of the food.

 

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Fancy olive oils reminds me of tequila bottles. Unique glass, writing, waxed corks, etc.

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The new grand entrance I assume.  The 3900 Essex Lane bldg and the 2929 Weslayan residences in the background.

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I heard rumors that only one bathroom set will be remolded.  Basically all the (male) bathrooms are "torn apart" though.  Maybe they'll touch them up, but just not remodel them with new sinks, urinals, toilets, etc.

 

One thing that CM doesn't do a good job at is the men's bathrooms. Yuck :wacko:

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New wine racks by the meat deli

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New concrete poured and polished at the front of the store by the registers. It's so shiny! 

 

They had the floor taped for a week..

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Baby eels, "Angulas are one of the supreme seafood delicacies of Spain"

"very rare and highly sought"

4 oz for $50

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Fran's Chocolates from Seattle. Wonder if this is going to be a staple or if it's a special.

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The olive oil is coming a long nicely. They seem to get craft/designer olive oils weekly.

 

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New signage and self-serve machine

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Front of the self-serve olive oil machine

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Back

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This months new olive oils. They're so pretty! Again, the glass bottles remind me of liquor bottles.  Cool glass molds and print.

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Most expensive olive oil is

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While some of their bathrooms might be sub-par (if only a select few are being touched up) at least they give a great flower presentation. Most of the time the flowers are beautiful orchids but this month it's this flower.  Named? Think they're expensive.. $30/plant?

 

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Classy!  They always have a oil diffuser by the sinks as well.  One time they supplied John Masters Organics hand soap to the public. Probably $15 for the small bottle of soap.  Was awesome.

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H-E-B now largest privately owned employer in Texas

http://fox4beaumont.com/news/local/h-e-b-surpasses-100000-partner-milestone

 

H-E-B announced Wednesday the growth of its employee population across Texas and Mexico totaling over 100,000, confirming its position as the largest privately held employer in Texas and one of the largest privately held retailers in the nation.

 

H-E-B employs more than 90,000 people in 332 Texas stores and more than 10,000 people in 56 stores throughout Mexico. The company refers to its employees as "partners."

 

Random H-E-B store photo:

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11 hours ago, Twitter1 said:

While some of their bathrooms might be sub-par (if only a select few are being touched up) at least they give a great flower presentation. Most of the time the flowers are beautiful orchids but this month it's this flower.  Named? Think they're expensive.. $30/plant?

 

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Classy!  They always have a oil diffuser by the sinks as well.  One time they supplied John Masters Organics hand soap to the public. Probably $15 for the small bottle of soap.  Was awesome.

 

Could that be an Easter lily? :ph34r:

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Of course everybody knew about the central (cafe area) restrooms remodel?

 

So much better!

I did hear different opinions based on the staffs input. Anonymous of course :wub:

 

Male restroom

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It would be nice if every bathroom would be completely remodeled

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So.. the CM chocolate factory.. This month two vents were installed so the roasted chocolate permeates the intimidate exterior. Every time you walk by you get this strong cacao smell :o

 

It's been under construction for a while. Asked a partner about it. They said the actual "bean to bar" process takes 3-months. Something like that anyway.  The process, to which they are doing, takes several months.

 

Guess the cacao beans are flown in from around the world and then processed into chocolate on-site at Central Market? Once they get the raw beans, it takes 3 months to process.

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Each CM has their own perks. They're not all uniformed.

 

I believe the main Austin CM has an on-site coffee bean roasting process.  Was buying coffee today and noticed the "In-House Roasted" beans are now packaged and shelved. They are hand written with the darkness level and date. 

 

The package indicates it was roasted at the Austin, Texas Central Market.  I'm guessing Houston got the chocolate factory, instead of the coffee roasting. Maybe Houston's chocolate will be transferred into Austin! :o

 

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5-days old when the picture was taken. Reminds me of D&Q's Yellow Rose beer situation :lol:

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The package of beans gives off a very strong smell! This is the first time I'm trying this "new" CM coffee beans. Monday morning will have it's perks!

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Drip station. Fancy :P

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Long line. All brand new

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Menus are up.  Nothing on beer! :rolleyes:  Still rooting for growler refills.  They're not going to increase the amount of beer taps, but they might be able to do growler refills. With you bringing your own growler in.  Other CM locations have a "full wall" of beer taps!  We have like 5.. Oh well :(

 

Wonder how they're going to price out a growler of barrel aged stout? Might be like $40 or something.

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Smoothie menu.  One of the smoothies $6.99! Heard that it's not uncommon for a health smoothie. All those organic fruits and veggies adds up.

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Ribbon cutting tonight!!

 

Lots of action in the store. Think there are CM partners from other districts visiting.  H-E-B's CEO will be there for the ribbon cutting! (so I was told)

 

This is upstairs. Wonder what's behind the curtain? Maybe just new framed posters or artwork?

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The media/photographers are setting up. About to interview CM partners?

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CM's chocolate factory is complete! Photos over the past week or so.

 

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The cacao beans come in an 11x17" container? Looks like 11x17" copy paper reams! :P

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Cacao beans. Shiny/oily. Reminds me of coffee beans

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Liquid chocolate spinning around in circles! You can see the spout to the right.

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As of today, packaged bean to bar chocolate is for sale! They have waxed cacao beans (and cacao nibs?) placed around the bars as an example of what you're buying.

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wow! what an event!

 

Sipping champagne in River Oaks with H-E-B execs all around.

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Flower arrangement. Little did I know.. It was based on my favorite holiday wreath!

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Walked upstairs to see the action. it was photographers with the chefs and management.

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Wine station for the "elite"

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Okay..

 

CM's organizing for the major event was just like my (shamelessly) non-profit. For the "first 500" bag handout, it was an immediate rush. It was like bumper cars! Think Black Friday sale. Little did I know, the bags were (also) for sale, after the fact.

*some things went wrong during the premier. I don't blame them. It's a lot of pressure to have the owner and media visit,.

 

Their "ribbon" was made out of a wreath! It was the Holiday wreath design! Lased with misc. vegetables and citrus!

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The wreath has.. purple kale, lemon, kale, ?, radishs, and leaves..

wow!!

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Two of the Butts pictured here.

Charles Butt, the CEO of H-E-B isn't pictured

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Ribbon cutting

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2 hours ago, Twitter1 said:

Saw $500 wine out in the open today. A lot of retailers put expensive alcohol behind a locked door. I know the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway locked up a $10 beer..A Prairie Artisan Ales barrel aged imperial stout. $10/12 oz.

 

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It's over priced.

 

http://www.wine.com/v6/Eisele-Vineyard-Cabernet-Sauvignon-2013/wine/165361/Detail.aspx

 

And so is the Dalla Valle next to it.

 

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