H-E-B Plans New Galleria-Area Store; More Apartments Torn Down to Make Way

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Few tears will be shed over the demolition of the Tanglewood Court apartments.
In 2010, Montrose residents were upset to find out that the languishing Wilshire Village apartment complex, built in the 1940s, were scheduled for demolition after Texas grocery giant H-E-B purchased the large parcel of land at Dunlavy and West Alabama.

Later that year, West University residents were upset to find out that the new H-E-B planned for Buffalo Speedway wouldn't include room for the beloved Buffalo Grill which had occupied its spot at the corner of Bissonnet for 26 years. The diner was forced to move to a new location a few blocks away on Weslayan.

Now, the grocer has announced plans to construct a new store at the corner of San Felipe and Fountain View, a site currently occupied by the sprawling Tanglewood Court apartment complex. But unlike these previous situations, no one seems particularly sad to see the Galleria-area apartments go.

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The H-E-B currently at Westheimer and Fountain View will be "relocated" to the new San Felipe structure.
"I'm so excited that they're razing those apartments," said Jody Stevens, owner of Jodycakes, who lived in an adjoining apartment complex for several years before moving in 2012. "There was a lot of in and out traffic that was kind of sketchy. I think it's a good thing."

One ex-resident of the Tanglewood Court apartments agreed, stating on Twitter: "I lived there 2000-2004. Rat problem. They're in really bad shape now."

H-E-B says it will be modeling the format of the new Galleria-area store on the Montrose Market store that was eventually built on the site of the Wilshire Village apartments, a design which won two Urban Land Institute awards earlier this year. It was this design that went a long way toward appeasing Montrose residents, who were asked for their input on the new store's layout and whose wishes to leave the property's old oak trees intact were mostly honored.

With this new H-E-B coming in, the older -- albeit very busy -- H-E-B just down the street at the corner of Fountain View and Westheimer will be "relocated," according to a press release issued last week. The news prompted one person to joke on Twitter: "It's okay. They will probably tear down the old H-E-B and put apartments there anyways."

Although Stevens no longer lives in the area, she's excited to see the new development along San Felipe -- mostly for the traffic it will drive to the small restaurants and bars along Fountain View.

"It's going to be good for all those little businesses in that strip center," she said. "La Vista, Fountain View Cafe."

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What does this mean for the lone Rice Epicurean that's left in Houston, right across the street from the new H-E-B?
It likely won't be good business, however, for the sole Rice Epicurean that's left in Houston, which occupies a spot in the very middle of that same strip center. All four of the other homegrown grocery stores were announced to be closing earlier this year, with the Fountain View location as the last hold-out.

Could this be the final nail in the coffin for the old grocery store? The answer is more than a year away. H-E-B plans to open its new San Felipe store in fall 2014.



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29 comments
rabelais23
rabelais23

Maybe good for that new restaurant called Harvest Organic Grill across the street...anyone try that place yet? It's on my way home...

Gregory M. Buchold
Gregory M. Buchold

How about an apartment complex with an HEB corner store inside it as an amenity?

julyjamie
julyjamie

I shop at the Westheimer/Fountainview HEB (even though I live next to the Voss Kroger).  I think it's an ok size and it does get packed at peak times and compared to other HEB's near me (I10 and Bunker Hill) it is small and dated.  Regardless, I will always go to HEB over Krogers bc their produce is reliable and 90% very very tasty!  I don't go to the HEB on I10 only bc it's so big and really cold.  I guess I'll have to leave a sweater in my car for trips to my new HEB.

julyjamie
julyjamie

There's a Rice Epicurean down the way at San Felipe near Post Oak.

Heather Guidry
Heather Guidry

There's not enough parking. And it doesn't have the fabulous deli items like all of the revamped HEB's. it will be a good move.

SimpleGuy
SimpleGuy

WTF!!! Those apartments are awesome. Nothing shady about them. Simply put, they are cheap for those Houstonians that cannot afford the rediculas rent prices that are being offered these days. I cannot believe that HEB would do this. HEB, you have lost me as a customer forever.

tinyhands
tinyhands

The opinion of someone who doesn't live near here (Stevens, friend of Shilcutt) is an important aspect of the story. It's not an incorrect assessment of the complex however, but wasn't anyone from North Dakota available for comment?

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

They just remodeled the Westheimer/Fountainview store a few years back. Kinda dumb to close it only to open a new store a mile away.

Pete Klein
Pete Klein

Look like an 80s era Harold Farb property.

afpotter214
afpotter214

Rice is still in operation until March 30th, or thereabouts. 

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

And still the only HEB in the Heights is the rat hole on 19th and TC Jester.

SirRon
SirRon

Is HEB the new Walmart?

tinyhands
tinyhands

@Gregory M. Buchold The whole point of Houston is for each person to get in an SUV and drive somewhere. Putting a grocery store that close defeats the purpose!

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

@afpotter214 Yes, but they are not restocking the shelves with are now approaching 1/2 empty.

mern721
mern721

@jeffbalke I wish they would tear down a NEW apartment complex in the Heights to build a H-E-B!

nlbroussard
nlbroussard

@SirRon Thats scary. I havent been to walmart in years except for the occasional I need   to buy XYZ for my workplace and im using their money and not mine and I prefer if it take longer than necessary to get it. ha.  I think there are still huge differences in the operations of HEB and Walmart and I hope they stay that way. The employees in general have a different attitude. I always say you can tell a lot about a company by their employees demeanor. But I could be wrong. 

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@Anse @gossamersixteen @mern721 Yikes that does sound bad, I was in thzt area last night and had a mytiburger which was pretty darn good. But, on grocery store front the whole paycheck foods in Montrose is awful, small, over crowded, and often poorly stocked. I love HEB and often will drive to bunker hill or CM just to get groceries.

Anse
Anse

@gossamersixteen @mern721 I don't think any store is worse than the soul-sucking sinkhole of despair that is the Kroger at 43rd and Ella at around 5 on a weekday afternoon. Montrose gets two Whole Foods, River Oaks gets a Central Market, but Oak Forest gets a Kroger whose entry should have a sign that says "Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here". I actually got yelled at by an old geezer of a cashier in that store because I wanted only one case of Dr. Pepper instead of taking advantage of the sales price. I was so paralyzed with anger, I could do nothing but stand motionless in astonishment.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@mern721 Of course I agree, it's a pretty good trek over to West Alabama for me, and I'm totally burnt out on River Oaks Kroger (meat and produce are deplorable), and the Krogers on Studemont is blah as well.

mern721
mern721

@gossamersixteen @mern721 there are 2 huge apts. trying to go in at Yale & 7th and I-10 & Oxford....thanks but no thanks! We need the competition of a H-E-B over more Krogers.....the AMLI ones aren't really in the Heights!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@mern721 Grossly over expensive apartments, usually of poor construction, home to 20 somethings with more money than common sense -- they're nearly everywhere.

mern721
mern721

@gossamersixteen @mern721 What's AMLI?

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