San Antonio based H-E-B Friday will open its newest prototype store, a smaller outlet called 'The Market at Stone Oak,' which also includes a sit down restaurant, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"We want to bring our fresh products and low prices to the restaurant," H-E-B’s Kimberly Harle said.
The 80,000 square foot store is about half the size of one of the huge H-E-B Plus stores, and Harle says many customers wanted a smaller outlet.
"This store is very much a family friendly size, and it is easy to navigate through," she said.
The restaurant, known as Oaks Crossing, will be open for lunch and dinner and will include barbecue, pizza, sandwiches, as well as Asian inspired food.
She says it will include indoor seating and an outdoor patio.
The store will include many of the types of merchandise found in Central Market stores, including bulk food items, 600 beer brands and hundreds of local and international wines, as well as a deli.
Harle says plans are to open a store similar to this in Schertz.
H-E-B is experimenting with new types of stores to fit certain neighborhoods. The H-E-B Plus concept, which is about a decade old and has locations around the city, is a larger store, generally about 150,000 square feet, and it includes electronics, entertainment, clothing, and furniture.
Central Market outlets, mainly the one on Broadway near Incarnate Word, specials artisanal and specialty items, as well as classes in brewing and cooking.