Plans call for building a new Cleburne H-E-B Grocery behind the current location, John Rose, a representative of the company, said during Tuesday’s Cleburne City Council meeting.
Council members approved the company’s request to close portions of several surrounding streets to make way for the new store. That includes a portion of Shaw Street from Wardville Street to West Willingham Street and the portion of West Wardville Street from Granbury Street to Shaw Street.
The new store, which will still front West Henderson Street, will be larger and modernized, Rose said. The current store will remain open until construction of the new store completes, at which time the current store will be demolished, he said.
The project will also improve the parking situation in the current store’s lot, he said.
Details on the construction timetable remain to be determined although Mayor Scott Cain said he expects the project to get under way fairly quickly.
“This is a huge deal for Cleburne,” Cain said. “It’s been years since we’ve had a new grocery store in Cleburne.”
Given the delicacy of land purchase negotiations, Cain said the majority of city officials and council members only learned of H-E-B’s plans several days ago.
Cain called H-E-B a long time valuable member of the Cleburne community and said he hopes to see them remain so through the coming decades.
Rose said the company, which is more than 100 years old and boasts 340 Texas stores, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and intends to remain an important part of Cleburne.
The news about H-E-B spurred city officials to once again call on residents to shop locally whenever possible. The trend of continued city sales tax revenue declines also marks cause for concern.