The H-E-B grocery store at Oltorf Street and South Congress Avenue isn’t closing just yet.
An H-E-B spokesperson confirmed on Monday that the company’s design and architecture team is postponing the construction start date of the store at 2400 S. Congress Ave., which also means the opening of the temporary store in the Twin Oaks shopping center also will be delayed.
The San Antonio-based grocer had previously said the South Congress store would close on March 22 for approximately two years to make way for a new state-of-the-art store on the same southwest corner of the intersection. In recent months, the company has made headway on the temporary store, located in an old CVS, that includes new signs in the parking lot and tearing down part of the Twin Oaks shopping center.
"It could be weeks or months, as it’s possibly the most complex project we’ve ever designed," says Leslie Sweet, director of public affairs for the Central Texas region. "(There’s) lots of coordination and long-term planning involved to ensure we get it right."
H-E-B bought the 10-acre Twin Oaks lot in 2016 but last year announced that it wouldn’t build a new store on that property and instead would tear down and rebuild the current store, one of the busiest in Central Texas.
In other H-E-B news, the new store at Interstate 35 and Slaughter Lane, which was scheduled to open on March 27, is now expected to open on April 17.
The planned April 2 closure of the H-E-B at 600 W. William Cannon Drive is still on track, Sweet says, and the company has a customer appreciation event scheduled for that store on March 30.