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New Two-Story HEB May Kick Off Multi-Level Retail Development Trend In Houston

Amid denser urban development, the Texas grocery chain opened its first two-level store in the Houston area

  • HEB Bellaire Market, the retailer’s first Houston area multi-level store opened Wednesday, June 27. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)
    HEB Bellaire Market, the retailer’s first Houston area multi-level store opened Wednesday, June 27. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)
  • The HEB Bellaire Market at 5106 Bissonnet St. features a second level entry and soon-to-open coffee shop The Roastry. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)
    The HEB Bellaire Market at 5106 Bissonnet St. features a second level entry and soon-to-open coffee shop The Roastry. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)
  • HEB officially cut the ribbon for its two-story Bellaire Market on Tuesday, June 26. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)
    HEB officially cut the ribbon for its two-story Bellaire Market on Tuesday, June 26. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HEB)

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San Antonio-based grocery chain HEB opened a two-level store in Bellaire on Tuesday.

It joins the two-story Randalls in Midtown, Whole Foods in Uptown and Phoenicia downtown.

A second two-story HEB is under construction in the Heights and another one is planned in Meyerland.

With Houston's core becoming denser, this may spell a new trend among retailers, said Naveen Jaggi, president of retail at Houston-based commercial real estate firm JLL.

"To me, this HEB opening in Bellaire is the potential to bring that concept, if it's successful from an execution standpoint, into a lot of other markets that have need for grocery but have been challenged by space," he said.

And the trend may extend to other retailers as well, Jaggi said, not just grocers.

He said multi-level stores are common in dense Northeastern and Midwestern cities but relatively new to the Southwest with its urban sprawl.

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