HEB has bought 17 acres in Del Valle near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin American Statesman reports.
Located at the southeast corner of FM 973 and Texas 71, the area is what many refer to as a “food desert” because of the lack of grocery stores and general retail nearby.
Del Valle is projected to grow by 55,916 new homes in the coming years. Many developers have said that the lack of a grocery stores is what has hindered growth in the area.
HEB does not currently have a plan for the site, but said with Del Valle’s projected growth, it makes sense to have a foothold in the area. HEB currently has no timeline for when the site might be developed and HEB’s closest stores are six miles away on East Riverside Drive and on East Seventh Street.
Delia Garza, the Austin City Council member whose district includes Del Valle, says she has been trying to get a grocery store there for years and is excited about the HEB purchase. However, she cautions her constituents not to think that just because HEB purchased the land, a grocery store is coming soon. HEB owns lots of land with no grocery stores, but she will continue to advocate for the grocery chain to bring a store to the land at FM 973 and Texas 71.
Another elected official whose precinct includes Del Valle, Travis County commissioner Margaret Gomez, is also looking forward to the idea of an HEB store being opened in the area and says the people she serves are going to be very happy as well.
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