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H-E-B to Open First Made-To-Order Grocery Store in Dripping Springs
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 • Posted July 20, 2010

AUSTIN – After months of eagerness from Dripping Springs’ residents, H-E-B is excited to open the city’s first made-to-order grocery store on Friday, July 23, 2010, lending customers a world-class shopping experience. Conveniently located at 598 E HWY US 290, at the southeast corner of the Highway 290 and Rob Shelton Boulevard intersection, the store will offer both H-E-B and Central Market products requested by residents of Dripping Springs and the surrounding towns.

“We listened to what our customers wanted while building this store, and created an ideal destination for market-like shopping,” said Jeff Thomas, senior vice president and general manager, H-E-B Central Texas Region. “Everything about the store, from its design to its fresh and many locally-grown offerings, was specifically tailored to meet the needs and desires of the Dripping Springs community. We will even offer services such as grocery curbside valet.”

The new 68,000-sq. ft. store will create a local destination for unsurpassed freshness, quality, variety and service while keeping H-E-B’s pledge to offer everyday low prices. Customers will be happy to know the new store will carry selections of the community’s locally-grown produce, dairy, flowers and herbs, and other grocery items, like wine and jams. Local vendors include Cheese from Pure Luck Farm and Dairy in Dripping Springs; Potted Plants from Klepac Greenhouses in Blanco; Fresh Flowers from Arnosky Farms in Blanco; Lettuce from Bella Verdi Farms in Dripping Springs; Wine from Wimberley Valley Winery; and Wine from Texas Hills Vineyards in Johnson City.

“To help identify the area growers, we hosted a Local Growers Gathering in May at City Hall, allowing them to showcase and sample their items, and learn about the local sourcing process through our buying team,” said Leslie Lockett, public affairs director H-E-B Central Texas Region. “We targeted Central Texas Region growers from areas like Dripping Springs, Blanco, Driftwood, Johnson City and Wimberley. As a result, we are proud to announce that our shoppers will find many of these growers’ items in our store.”

Customers will also enjoy the following features in the store:

• The largest meat market in the area, offering USDA prime, organic and natural meats, poultry and pork. Customers will also find a full assortment of Fully Cooked products.

• The largest seafood department in the area with fresh fish deliveries and a wide selection of wild and local catches.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables, including organic, locally-grown and seasonal favorites, in the Produce Department.

• A full-service sushi bar, with fresh sushi made in-store daily.

• A full-service scratch bakery, complete with a wide selection of organic and artisan breads baked fresh daily, including cranberry pistachio, Asiago cheese, Ciabatta, country French, and other varieties. And, experienced decorators will be available for personalized cake orders.

• An expanded cheese selection filled with specialty and imported cheeses, and local cheese, like Dripping Spring’s very own Pure Luck Farm and Dairy cheeses.

• An increased offering of H-E-B Brand items and Central Market products to meet the special requests made by customers.

Non-food highlights include the addition of more than 9,100 sq. ft. of leasable retail space; a Texas Front Yard; a Pharmacy with a convenient two-lane drive thru; a full line of cosmetics; and a Floral Department featuring designers that will arrange fresh cut flowers and plants. There will also be a Fuel Station with diesel, which was added by special request for customers, and a car wash. The Fuel Station opened on Thursday, July 15, 2010.

The new store will be staffed with 200 of the very best managers and Partners (employees) that will make the shopping experience enjoyable – many of them from Dripping Springs and its neighboring communities. They will offer knowledgeable assistance throughout the entire store – produce experts will provide fresh samples of fruits and vegetables to educate shoppers, while seafood experts, master bakers, artisan cake decorators and certified, trained meat experts will be on-hand to assist customers.

Thirty-four-year grocery store veteran Brenda Johnson will take the helm as unit director. Additional management includes Tad Forbis, store director, and Aris Tamayo, assistant store director. Bruce Carlson, long-time resident of Dripping Springs, will be the pharmacy manager and is excited to offer a great service to his community. H-E-B will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

“H-E-B promises a uniquely different shopping experience,” said Brenda Johnson, H-E-B Dripping Springs unit director. “H-E-B attracts employees and patrons passionate about quality, freshness, service and value. Established more than 100 years ago and sustained through generations, H-E-B continues to provide endless product selection and everyday low prices.”

Traditionally H-E-B enjoys finding new ways to give back to the communities in which it serves. H-E-B’s Spirit of Giving and commitment to community service is at the core of its mission, annually contributing more than five percent of gross pre-tax earnings to community initiatives and charities across Texas. To honor the grand opening of H-E-B Dripping Springs, H-E-B will make a $20,000 donation to Harrison Ranch Park. H-E-B will also conduct a tear pad donation campaign to raise additional funds for improvements to Harrison Ranch Park. Through September 26th, customers and partners can donate $1, $3, $5 at the check stand, with all proceeds benefitting Harrison Ranch Park.

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