Hudson Oaks City Council has a lot to celebrate.
During their meeting on Thursday, the council approved the final reading of the preliminary plat that will pave the way for grocery giant H-E-B to proceed with its location of a store at U.S. Highway 180 and Lakeshore Drive.
“Everything went well; we’re excited,” said City Administrator Patrick Lawler.
The 14-acre site will undergo a makeover with the demolition of a few buildings, which include a Texaco service station that has been closed for some time.
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“There’s a significant amount of demolition - everything on that lot except for Dairy Queen,” Lawler said. “We’re working with Schrick’s to get them a relocation plan and hope to have that in place pretty quick.”
He said the storage facility located behind Schrick’s will be relocating to property off of Oak Ridge.
“We had only one resident to relocate and he relocated in Hudson Oaks,” Lawler added. “We’ve kept everybody.”
Lawler said a lot had to be done to make the site ready for a large retailer.
“It’’s a great thing for my council, it’s a great thing for our city,” Lawler said. “The patience of our residents and political leadership, to really negotiate this over the last five to six years, and for it to come to fruition; it’s a special thing.”
▪ H-E-B, based in San Antonio, is one of the largest grocery chains in the nation, with more than 150 locations in Texas. The Central Market stores, with a high-end, foodie focus, are part of the company.
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