Texas supermarket chain H-E-B has set an opening date for its long-awaited first multi-level store in Lake Austin, which is scheduled to open its doors early next year on Feb. 15.
The company reported that at 97,000 square feet, H-E-B Lake Austin will showcase a world-class shopping experience that offers top-notch customer service and a wide variety of fresh foods and quality products.
Located at 2652 Lake Austin Blvd., the store will have a two-story porch with views of the lake. As the company’s first multi-level store in Austin, it will include features and innovations that make it a community gathering place.
Along with the expansive selection and convenient services H-E-B is known for, the store will have a True Texas BBQ restaurant, which was named the best barbecue chain by Texas Monthly, and will include a full bar and indoor and outdoor seating; H-E-B’s critically acclaimed SouthFlo Pizza restaurant; a coffee shop that will serve specialty coffee and handmade breakfast tacos; and H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery, top-rated digital services that give customers choices on how they shop, pay for, and receive their products.
Structured underground parking will ensure the store has a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly perimeter with wide sidewalks to encourage walking and biking to the store and a street-level landscape that softens the store’s impact on the neighborhood. With a second-level sales floor, customers will have access to three elevators, an open stairway, and multiple escalators and cart escalators.
San Antonio-based Lake Flato Architects, an award-winning firm that also designed H-E-B Mueller Market, will introduce design elements that complement the neighborhood, such as vine-covered walls; plenty of natural lighting; pitched roofs that relate the building’s scale to the surrounding neighborhood; and textured materials like limestone, wood, D’Hanis brick, and metals.
The design will also involve several environmental sustainability elements, such as energy-efficient refrigeration with condensation capture for landscape irrigation, rooftop solar panels, and EV chargers, which will be installed soon after the store opens. The project was interrupted due to pandemic-related delays. Construction on Lake Austin H-E-B began in Oct. 2019.