That H-E-B grocery west of Fort Worth is about to open

A H-E-B supermarket is on track for opening at 6 a.m. May 10 in Hudson Oaks, bringing Texas’ largest retailer closer to Fort Worth.

H-E-B currently operates an H-E-B Plus supercenter in Burleson, almost exactly the same distance as Hudson Oaks.

But unlike the Burleson store on Texas 174, the Hudson Oaks location is easy to reach by interstate highway.

The store is at 100 Hudson Oaks Drive, on the corner of U.S. 180 and Lakeshore Drive, just off the Interstate 20-U.S. 180 split.

It will open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, according to the the website at

The store is the result of 12 years of negotiations between the San Antonio-based grocery giant and Hudson Oaks, a growing suburb between Aledo and Weatherford.

H-E-B stores also include restaurants offering a selection of barbecue, tacos, and food to-go.

“We kept reading press stories, opinion pieces and social media posts downplaying the possibility .... and due to the legal nature and sensitivity of the negotiations, we just had to keep our mouths shut and smile,” Mayor Marc Povero wrote in an online letter.

H-E-B also operates Central Market, which has a long-standing Fort Worth store. The San Antonio-based grocery giant has bought other property in Tarrant County and will build its first Tarrant County store in Mansfield at U.S. 287 and East Broad Street. That store is scheduled to open in 2020.

Other nearby H-E-B stores are in Cleburne, Granbury and Waxahachie.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 16 Texas Legislature sessions. First on the scene of a 1988 DFW Airport crash, he interviewed passengers running from the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the paper before he was born: He was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.