H-E-B buys Northeast Austin property to house regional offices


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H-E-B’s current regional offices are scattered in several leased properties across Austin.

Initial plans call for H-E-B to occupy one of the complex’s two buildings beginning in June.

H-E-B’s Austin regional office is getting a new home.

The area’s dominant grocer said Friday it has purchased a 100,000-square-foot office complex at 8100 Cameron Road in Northeast Austin.

The complex, which sits on a 6-acre site and was built in 1985, consists of a pair of two-story brick buildings. One spans about 60,000 square feet, records show; the other is about 40,000 square feet.

A purchase price was not disclosed. The Travis Central Appraisal District valued the complex at $7.1 million in 2016, up from $6.9 million the year before.

The seller was Oxley Leasing of Austin LLC, according to county records. Oxley had owned the property since 2010.

H-E-B’s current regional offices are scattered in several leased properties across Austin, including in The Crescent, a shopping center undergoing redevelopment at Airport and North Lamar boulevards.

A training center is located nearby in another shopping center that’s being revamped, The Linc, adjacent to the former Highland Mall.

“This move will bring our entire Austin support team under one roof and allow us to work together as a stronger unit, enabling our team to keep up with the growth and demands of our dynamic region,” H-E-B senior vice president and general manager Jeff Thomas said.

“We will soon be celebrating an 80-year relationship with our Central Texas customers and we look forward to enhancing our support to our stores’ commitment to unparalleled customer service.”

Initial plans call for H-E-B to occupy one of the two buildings beginning in June, the San Antonio-based grocer said. More than 100 employees will work out of the new office, including regional management, operations support staff and trainers.

A filing with the city indicates H-E-B plans to spend about $3.6 million to renovate the building.

An existing tenant will remain in the second building, H-E-B said.

The acquisition of a new regional headquarters comes at a busy time for H-E-B, which has 81 stores and 20,000 employees in Central Texas.

A new store in Lakeway opened in late 2015, followed by one in Hutto last year. An H-E-B-branded convenience store with a Whataburger drive-through opens at the Hutto store Monday, along with the first H-E-B optical store.

Plans to build a larger Marble Falls store were recently unveiled.

The retailer has also made several land purchases, including ones in the Dripping Springs area, in the Del Valle area near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and an existing shopping center at South Congress Avenue and East Oltorf Street in South Austin, near one of the city’s longest-running H-E-B stores.



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