The Hudson Oaks H-E-B will be open to the public at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
Parker County and Hudson Oaks officials as well as H-E-B staff and the community have been excited for its arrival since negotiations began years ago.
“It takes a lot of effort from all of our stores to save up the money to build another beautiful H-E-B, so this means a lot to us and it means a lot that there’s so much community excitement,” H-E-B Director of Public Affairs Leslie Sweet said. “Everybody has been so gracious to us and that makes all the long hours that we’ve put in to get the store ready all worth it.”
The grocery store, located on the corner of U.S. 180 and Hudson Oaks Drive, held a sneak preview event this morning where people were invited to check out what H-E-B has to offer. H-E-B will feature chef-inspired Meal Simple meals; a meat, seafood and produce market; hand-rolled sushi; a scratch bakery with in-house made tortillas, desserts and bread; beer and wine; a healthy living section; pharmacy; a Texas Backyard section; live cooking demonstrations; delivery and curbside service.
The City of Hudson Oaks approved a development agreement with H-E-B in 2014 when now Parker County Judge Pat Deen was the mayor of the city.
“For me this is emotional because at the time when I was in Hudson Oaks, being a part of the team that recruited H-E-B became a passion,” Deen said. “This is probably the most gratifying win ever in 20 years in Hudson Oaks, and it’s touching.”
The sneak preview event featured the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, Aledo High School cheerleaders, live music, tastings, a presentation and a ribbon cutting. H-E-B also donated $5,000 each to the Weatherford ISD Education Foundation, the Aledo ISD Education Foundation and Center of Hope at the preview event.
“This is by far the best thing that’s happened. As we’ve seen, landing an H-E-B is not an easy task, so most of the credit for this not only goes to the H-E-B team in the negotiations, but also for Pat Deen, Patrick Lawler and our city staff who worked so hard over 12 years,” Hudson Oaks Mayor Marc Povero said. “This really shows the business-friendly environment we have in Hudson Oaks and how we have to be aggressive because we don’t have a property tax. So with H-E-B moving here, what they’ve done is solidify the fact that we don’t have to levy a property tax on our citizens and businesses, so that’ really big for us. We call our businesses the Hudson Oaks family, so H-E-B is coming into our family because they’re going to help provide the basic services — police, fire, sewer, roads — to our citizens. It’s a big day for us and it’s a big day for Parker County as well — a big win for the fourth fastest growing county in the state — and we’re very excited.”
H-E-B is celebrating its 114th year with more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico and sales of $26 billion.