H-E-B, which has been buying up property in North Texas in recent years for an anticipated move into the area grocery market, will anchor a new shopping center in Mansfield.
The Mansfield City Council unanimously approved a zoning change for the southeast corner of East Broad Street and U.S. 287 on Monday night to make way for the supermarket.
In all, the development will have 240,000 square feet of retail and restaurants on 33.7 acres. The H-E-B supermarket will be between 80,000 and 106,000 square feet. There will also be junior anchors, a strip center and pad sites for several restaurants. The council limited the fast-food restaurants to three.
“This project represents another clear indication of how Mansfield is living up to its ‘best places to live’ designation,” Mayor David Cook said in a prepared statement. “The caliber of commercial and residential projects coming to our city is among the best. From the redevelopment in the Historic Downtown to the entertainment venues and retail looking to build here, this is an exciting time to be in Mansfield.”
A timeline for the project hasn’t yet been released but the developer’s agreement mandates that construction start by 2019.
The center will be located across the street from the long-proposed Shops at Broad Street development at the northeast corner of the intersection.
The MCA Medical Center at the corner of Mitchell Road and East Broad Street will be torn down to make way for the project. A house on the property will also be razed.
San Antonio-based H-E-B has been buying parcels in North Texas amid speculation that it is preparing to enter the regional market. Mansfield would be the farthest north that H-E-B has opened a store, not counting its upscale Central Market stores.
The closest H-E-Bs are currently located in Burleson, Waxahachie, Ennis, Granbury, Corsicana and Cleburne. There are two Central Markets in Dallas and one each in Southlake, Fort Worth and Plano.
Late last year, H-E-B bought land in the Glade Parks development in Euless, at Cheek-Sparger Road and Heritage Avenue, and in north Fort Worth at the southeast corner of U.S. 287 and Bond Ranch Road.
Several H-E-B stores in Texas offer online grocery ordering with curbside pickup.