Pleasanton H-E-B continues its remodeling phase which will eventually bring a much bigger store to the community but with the small town feel.
“If all goes well, of course, weather permitting, the rainy situation like today (Monday) slows us down, I’m looking at mid to late October,” said Aubrey Smith, Unit Director at the local H-E-B.
Asked about H-E-B’s timeline in its current building program, Mrs. Smith replied, “As far as phasing, we’re going to be doing bits and pieces all over the store because we are flipping the store. We’re going to begin working on the East and West sides and rear of the store all at the same time.
“The thing that’s going to tax the customers today is that we’re going to lose the lobby space. Baskets are going to be temporarily staged on the sidewalk and they’re going to remain there throughout the duration of the project.
“This is about a seven month project and the store will remain open the entire time. We will be shifting things around. The plan is to build the new part of the store first and once we get that new piece built, then we’ll start to transition departments, one at a time into the new location.”
Mrs. Smith continued, “For example, where produce is today, it will transition into a new produce area at the east side of the building. Then we will take the old produce area and we will transition it into the pharmacy.
That will be on the west side.”
I asked about the final square footage of the enlarged H-E-B and Mrs. Smith answered, “It’s going to be about eighty-five thousand square feet.”
The current H-E-B, constructed in 1996, has fiftyfive thousand square feet, so the enlarged building will be a little over fifty percent bigger.
Access to the back of the store is going to be completely closed down throughout the duration of construction. A lot of people use the back of the store.
Mrs. Smith said, “You’ve noticed your H-E-B is going through these changes. And we apologize for any inconvenience you may be encountering. But when the construction and remodeling of your new H-E-B is complete, you’ll see it’s all been worth it.
“We listened to you and we’re creating a shopping experience that will be better than ever. With more freshness. Better services. Bigger departments. Exciting new products. And a new level of convenience.
“We all look forward to showing you why Here Everything’s Better!”