Update: After this story was published, H-E-B clarified that all of its Dallas-area acquisitions would be for Central Market, not H-E-B stores.
San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B finally, finally is entering the Dallas market, with the purchase of six Sun Fresh Markets.
The company hasn’t announced what it will do with those stores yet, but maybe someday we’ll only have to drive 12 miles to Lakewood instead of the 30 to Waxahachie for a bottle of Whataburger-brand spicy ketchup or a 12-pack of Dr. B soda.
Even though H-E-B hasn’t announced any plans for Oak Cliff, there are some new grocery stores on our horizon.
For starters, the city of Dallas is offering $3 million to a grocer who will build a new store in the southern Dallas food desert, which includes parts of Oak Cliff.
Plus, at least two Oak Cliff developers have floated the idea of luring a new grocery store to serve our neighborhood and the thousands of new apartments planned here and in West Dallas.
Cienda Partners, which bought the former Oak Farms Dairy site, hasn’t yet revealed detailed plans for that property, which will include apartments. But they have suggested they are interested in attracting a grocer as a tenant.
Crescent Communities, which has plans to redevelop the northeast corner of Zang and Davis, also is working to attract a grocer. The company holds adjacent property on Davis just east of Beckley, where they would like to develop a grocery store.