Spruce Street project currently under design,” said Bellaire City
Manager Paul Hofmann. “We have no regulation against their
use of the loading dock overnight. The council did impose a
condition that the delivery vehicles leave the area by traveling
east on Spruce Street and enter from the west.”
H-E-B has been plagued by a series of parking lot muggings in
security patrol. Sintic told Essentials that unlike that store,
which has no surveillance in the parking lots, the Bellaire
market will have 186 cameras.
On the bells-and-whistles side, there’s plenty of wow factor
in the new store. Elevators and a cart-friendly escalator will
good, microbrews and a wine steward to advise, seafood, and
meat selections that include Kobe, prime and dry-aged beef.
As a nod to the demographics, there will be sizeable Kosher
underway to secure a café operator to dine-in.
Another nod to demographics: His second-in-command,
Allison Junco, is a Bellaire resident who “knows the tastes” of
What didn’t happen in Bellaire was H-E-B’s widely acclaimed
interaction with the community in preparing the store —
other than trips to Bellaire City Hall to deal with zoning
and regulations. Focus groups helped determine everything
from design to store contents in the West U, Montrose and
Tanglewood markets, but not in Bellaire. “We already had
experience in the area with these demographics, and we felt we
knew our customers,” Sintic said.
Those customers will have a drive-thru pharmacy, curbside
pickup service of groceries, online deliveries, and use of a
smartphone app that will direct them to products as they shop.
With H-E-B acquiring the Favor delivery service, Sintic pointed
out the chain’s commitment to that new way of shopping.
“H-E-B will own the E-commerce business in a few years,” he
With the managers’ talk peppered with comments about the
H-E-B “culture,” Sintic introduced Megan Galbraith, the
community coordinator, who’s already set up events and
With another mega-store announced to open in Meyerland
Plaza in late 2019, one questioner asked whether that would
impact business at the Bellaire store. Sintic said yes — “we
and Montrose markets “oversaturated,” it’s not a serious
consideration, he said.
How small business neighbors will co-exist with H-E-B is
a concern of many owners who are worried about the
traffic and vanishing parking spaces. The days of their
businesses using the H-E-B lot have passed.
H-E-B” training sessions for the complex Bellaire store, which
will be open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week in time for the
July 4 holiday business.
Ready or not, Bellaire, here it comes.
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