The rumors are true.
H-E-B, the parent company of Central Market, has purchased land on West Davis at Beckley. The sale closed Monday on the property at 111 E. Davis at Beckley.
The San Antonio-based grocer bought the property from Crescent Communities, which is building a multi-story apartment complex on Zang at Davis. Both of those properties previously contained Dallas County Schools, the bus company that serves Dallas ISD.
H-E-B is planning to expand its Lovers Lane Central Market store and to build a new store on McKinney Avenue at Lemmon. Oak Cliff could be third in line after those projects are completed, according to a source who declined to speak on the record.
A Central Market spokeswoman told the Dallas Morning News that the land was purchased “in anticipation of our future expansion needs.”
Rumors about the acquisition have been floating around Oak Cliff for months. One clue of Central Market’s arrival at that corner: Plans for a CVS store across the street, on the site of the former El Corazon de Tejas restaurant. CVS habitually builds stores adjacent to Central Market stores.