Press Release
Oct092019

H-E-B Buffalo Heights store opens in Houston, company’s first in mixed-use development

96,000 sq. ft. store anchors Buffalo Heights® mid-rise apartments at Washington Ave. and Heights Blvd.
(Houston) —

H-E-B opened the new Buffalo Heights location Wednesday, October 9, further expanding the company’s inner loop footprint in Houston.  The store anchors the new Buffalo Heights mid-rise project at Washington Ave. and Heights Blvd. (3663 Washington Ave) and marks the first H-E-B built in a mixed-use development. The brand new, 96,000 sq.-ft. store features expansive shopping options; covered, second-level parking; is equipped with elevators, escalators and a cartalator to easily navigate to and from the first-floor shopping experience, along with products and services tailored specifically for this historic Houston community.

Donna Theriot, a 28-year grocery industry veteran counting 13 years with H-E-B, will serve as General Manager of the new store. Theriot is a recognized leader among her H-E-B peers having received the 2013 Hal Colett Great People award, is avid about mentoring and growing new leaders, and is enthusiastic about supporting the exciting growth within the Washington corridor.

“I have always believed in the importance of people and relish the opportunity to serve and work with the Washington corridor community,” said Theriot. “While each H-E-B is special, my team and I have collaborated to create a truly unique store from its aesthetics to its contents. I believe the Buffalo Heights H-E-B shopper will find exceptional variety and phenomenal service here, not to mention a grocery source close to home.”

GOING GREEN

H-E-B Buffalo Heights is the first H-E-B store to receive a gold-level award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for green refrigeration technology. With this honor, H-E-B becomes the second retailer in Texas to have a store receive the gold award. As part of the GreenChill Partnership, H-E-B continues its path to adopt more environmentally friendly refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices that will reduce refrigerant emissions and their impact on the environment.

“H-E-B is proud to join this cutting-edge initiative, which further signifies our commitment to be strong environmental stewards, providing our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We want them to know we’re actively protecting the state we proudly call home,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs.

AN ARTFUL ARRIVAL

As with H-E-B Houston openings at Bellaire Market and The Heights, the company continued its arts initiative with a permanent art installation, Sluice by Flying Carpet Creative. Sluice is a sculpture inspired by the fresh produce found in abundance at H-E-B and takes its name from an interesting hybrid citrus variety. A flock of juicy disks flies through the foyer, gushing from the origin on the wall: a mythical amalgamated future-fruit…maybe a citrus…a melon…or something else? Celebrating sustainability, the artwork is made with upcycled and repurposed materials. Although they could be mistaken for pieces of blown glass, the color drops are disks of once-molten plastic, discarded from a Houston industrial casting facility, and now have a second life in this art application. The sculpture’s bright skin and pulp is constructed from wood that was saved from going to the landfill and painted by H-E-B Partners (employees) earlier this year.

ENGAGING FOOD CONVENIENCES

H-E-B is always looking for innovative and convenient ways to enhance our stores with more choices, enabling you to choose how you shop, pay for and receive products. Whether it’s an in-store experience, picking up an online order, home delivery or grabbing a meal on the go – the Buffalo Heights H-E-B has it all.

H-E-B Buffalo Heights will offer the full line of its popular H-E-B Meal Simple heat and eat options. Created with the highest quality ingredients, these family favorites are fresh, convenient, packed with flavor and ready to serve in minutes. With a range of options from grab and go salads to casseroles and entrees, a restaurant quality meal without the high cost of going out is at your fingertips.

H-E-B’s Curbside Pick-Up is a favorite throughout Houston and is designed to save customers time while offering all the products available in-store. Simply create your grocery list, submit your order and pay at heb.com. H-E-B’s personal shoppers will hand pick all grocery selections and deliver to your car curbside at your scheduled pick up time – they’ll even load your car. Prefer home delivery? We have that covered too with

H-E-B Delivery and through partnerships with Favor, Shipt and Instacart. You can also order and ship grocery, drugstore and general merchandise products to 48 states and military bases worldwide through heb.com.

THE LOCAL RESOURCE FOR HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES

The Buffalo Heights H-E-B will serve as a quality living source that supports healthy eating on a budget. The store will feature hundreds of H-E-B Organics options and its H-E-B Select Ingredients, a line consisting of H-E-B brand products that excludes unwanted ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Across this expansive store – from local produce to the fresh meat market to the freezer section – shoppers will find more offerings for less, and unsurpassed freshness, quality and variety.

NEW TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Expanding the store means expanding the offerings. With more than 50,000 options it may seem like the choices are endless. Highlights include:

  • Largest assortment of Texas-made products – We take local seriously and are in constant search of the most flavorful and truly unique products made in the Lone Star State adding more Texas and more taste than ever before to store shelves
  • Salad Bar – A 15-foot-long smorgasbord of more than 60 options , variety of nine dressings and 28 different topicals/oils to finish off a salad and take home in an eco-friendly craft container. Breakfast is served all day starting at 6 a.m. with all other items set and freshened daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Prime Case Butcher Shop offering USDA Prime, Natural, and Organic meats, 21-day dry age beef or the option for custom age, as well as many fully cooked and kosher selections
  • Fully-stocked Healthy Living department with bulk foods including honey, nuts, grains, dried fruits, snack mixes, a wide variety of supplements and more
  • A full-service Pharmacy with convenient delivery options including FREE delivery now until the end of 2019
  • Full-service Seafood department with fresh fish and seafood, fresh sushi and poke bowls handmade in-store daily by Sushiya
  • The Wine and Beer Selection features more than 1,800 bottles of wine (sampling in store!) and 300 beers with an emphasis on Texas craft and hyper local craft (with four kegs on tap to try before you buy!)
  • Guests can also seek assistance by the dedicated wine steward on duty for the perfect pairing
  • Impressive full-service Scratch Bakery and Tortillería highlights a wide selection of organic and artisan breads baked daily, fresh tortillas, large varieties of decadent desserts, pastries and custom cakes
  • H-E-B Blooms! is ready to adorn any size gathering from intimate dinners to family celebrations, remembrances or simply for those just-because moments – with delivery options
  • Cooking Connection and the Showtime Kitchen feature live demonstrations and daily samplings using quick and easy recipes that can be replicated at home
  • Made in-store palate quenchers, including fresh squeezed juices and freshly made guacamole
  • Texas hospitality and knowledgeable service that’s second to none 

ADDED PERKS – THE ROASTERY COFFEE KITCHEN

The Washington Avenue coffee scene will enjoy The Roastery Coffee Kitchen, the operation’s fourth location, located at the Buffalo Heights H-E-B. The Roastery has quickly become one of Houston’s favorite coffee and food destinations serving up specialty coffee, including their signature H-town roast and a carefully curated menu. The concept features and serves products developed by the team known as FOUR J – Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro and Jason Giagrande, the concept’s primary chef and a new Houston resident. Located on the first floor in a corner location, the coffee shop and eatery will feature indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of charm for a friendly visit, informal meeting, or grabbing a cup on the go, along with a chef driven menu. The Roastery is open at H-E-B’s Bellaire Market and The Heights locations in addition to the flagship location at the San Felipe H-E-B. Hours at Buffalo Heights location will be 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

SPIRIT OF GIVING

H-E-B is passionately committed to its customers beyond the four walls of its stores, weaving an undeniable Spirit of Giving into its business philosophy. In this spirit, H-E-B is proud to present a community gift of $10,000 in honor of the store’s grand opening to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Responsible for transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource, Buffalo Bayou Partnership has spearheaded award-winning capital projects, protecting land for future parks, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs.


About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of $26 billion, operates 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 114th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 116,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/newsroom.

About Buffalo Heights Mixed-Use District

Buffalo Heights is a development of BKR Memorial, a Houston-based, privately held company of the Russell and Glenda Gordy family. A successful businessman with wide-ranging business, community, and charitable interests, Russell Gordy grew up and lives in Houston. His vision for Buffalo Heights is to create an enduring legacy—both for his family and for generations of Houstonians. Buffalo Heights is an exceptionally high quality, mixed-use district ideally located in proximity to Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park, Memorial Park, The Heights, Washington Avenue Corridor, and Downtown.

The first phase of Buffalo Heights® is a mixed-use project on approximately four acres at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Heights Blvd. This project includes H-E-B Buffalo Heights and:

  • Andrie—a five-story, luxury multifamily community of 230 apartment homes designed to deliver every convenience at the resident’s door
  • One Buffalo Heights—approximately 37,000 square feet of office space designed to differentiate and elevate the business brand. Companies will set themselves apart in a cutting-edge location that provides easy access to major employment centers, while embracing the city’s signature green space on Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Retail—an additional 2,000 square feet of retail at the ground floor of the residences and adjacent to H-E-B is ideally located for a chef-owned bistro or shop catering to clientele who are attracted to Buffalo Heights and its upscale, active urban lifestyle

This innovative real estate development will offer a complete lifestyle built around outdoor activity, healthy local food, and signature greenspace in the region’s most desirable and accessible urban infill location. Improvements will enhance proximity to the trails and bayou, and more than 1,500 acres of parkland in the urban core of the city.

About Midway

Midway’s purpose is to create enduring investments and remarkable places that enrich people’s lives. A Houston-based, privately owned real estate investment and development firm, Midway has provided the highest quality service and value to clients and investors for more than 50 years. The firm’s portfolio of mixed-use projects in Houston includes CITYCENTRE, Kirby Grove, GreenStreet, Memorial Green and Kings Harbor; and Century Square in College Station.

About EPA's GreenChill Partnership

EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership provides information and assistance to help supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, including its store certification program, please visit epa.gov/greenchill.

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