Construction worker gives first look at Austin’s enormous replacement H-E-B on TikTok

The new H-E-B site at the corner of South Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street in Austin has begun demolition, according to a recent TikTok posted by a man named Steven Greer.

Wearing a neon green Multivista vest, Greer appears to be a construction worker at the site, which is closed for a few years and will reopen in 2024 as a re-imagined store with expanded services and more parking.

“This HEB is going to be the best/coolest grocery store in the US when it’s complete,” Greer writes.

@sbgreer24 The Mecca of Grocery! The Main #HEB in Austin, TX is officially under construction. This HEB is going to be the best/coolest grocery store in the US when it’s complete. HEB is the standard #iykyk #construction #austin #capture #reality #development #growth #change ♬ Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) [feat. Tobymac] – Grits

The new H-E-B, at 145,000 square feet, will have two levels for shopping, as well as an above-ground parking garage with 600 spaces, solving a longstanding issue at the popular grocery location.

In addition to the curbside and delivery services and pharmacy with drive-thru, the new store will have a True Texas BBQ; Sushiya sushi; indoor and outdoor dining; an outdoor stage for live music; and Cooking Connection, featuring live demos and samples.

The store’s design is planned to include solar panels, smart lighting, natural lighting, and other environmental features once open. During construction, customers can utilize most features of the old store — minus curbside service — across the street at a temporary H-E-B location.

The site of the oldest standing H-E-B in Austin, the new location is set to open sometime in 2024.

The site of the oldest standing H-E-B in Austin, the new location is set to open sometime in 2024.

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Greer calls the new store the “main” H-E-B in Austin, which brings corrections from his followers. This location is the longest-standing H-E-B in Austin, having opened in 1957, at 25,000 square feet.

Before its demolition, which H-E-B noted back in December would begin in February, it had expanded to 69,000 square feet. This is the first ground-up rebuild of the store.

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