The 1 million-square-foot facility will be built on 871 acres the company bought last year
(San Antonio) —
To support the company’s growing business, H-E-B has plans to build a 1 million-square-foot warehouse as part of a multi-phase plan to develop 871 acres it purchased late last year on San Antonio’s East Side.
With plans to start construction later this year, the immediate priority for the San Antonio-based retailer is to build a grocery warehouse at the location, which will be the company’s largest investment into its manufacturing and supply-chain division as well as its largest single-build warehouse. Stretched along Interstate 10 and Foster Road, the property will give the company room to grow and the warehouse will provide additional space for dry goods and other grocery products.
“Our decision to purchase the land and construct a grocery warehouse will make H-E-B more competitive and well positioned for the future,” said Dya Campos, H-E-B Director of Public Affairs. “We are always evaluating the need for changes across our operations to help maintain a competitive advantage. The investment demonstrates H-E-B’s commitment the San Antonio community and will give us the opportunity to create more jobs in the Alamo City in the coming years.”
The retailer estimates that construction will be complete in late 2019 and the facility will be up and running sometime in 2020. Once in operation, the warehouse will give the company space to expand operations and provide volume relief at its other warehouse facilities in San Antonio and San Marcos. Long term, H-E-B plans to develop a master-planned campus at the location, which will include operations such as manufacturing, warehouse and transportation. Currently, there are no plans for other development on the property aside from the warehouse project.
At the start, 600 Partners will be assigned to work at the warehouse. Of those Partners, half of the positions will be new to San Antonio. The remaining jobs will come from H-E-B’s existing San Antonio warehouse.
Situated in City Council District 2, the company purchased the undeveloped land in September 2017. The terms of the land deal were not disclosed.
H-E-B employs more than 109,000 Partners across 400 stores and has annual revenue that exceeds $25 billion.