Drivers heading down RM 12, the de facto main street in Wimberley, are greeted by feed stores, mom-and-pop retail shops and a small visitors center. But soon, an aging former elementary school might be replaced by a 45,000-square-foot H-E-B grocery store that would become the largest building in town.
Residents have expressed concerns about traffic — the site is near the intersection of RM 12 and RM 2325 — as well as light pollution and the effect such a large retailer would have on smaller businesses. At the same time, many are excited about not having to drive to Dripping Springs or Kyle to go to an H-E-B. Some customers expect the competition could improve prices on food and gasoline, and local officials welcome the sales tax the grocer could bring.
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Correction: This article has been corrected with the right spelling of Mayor Bob Flocke’s name.