San Antonio supermarket chain H-E-B is charging into the Dallas-Fort Worth market with the acquisition of six Sun Fresh Market stores, including four in Dallas, one in McKinney, and one in Grapevine.
A statement from H-E-B emphasized that the transaction is for now a real estate deal; H-E-B has been snapping up property around North Texas. Spokeswoman Mabrie Jackson told the Dallas Morning News that the company was "thrilled" to have the properties.
The company will look at each store on a case-by-case basis, and its priority for the Dallas-Fort Worth area remains Central Market. So it's not yet known whether any of these locations will become Central Markets, H-E-B stores, or neither of the above.
There are two Central Markets in Dallas, plus stores in Plano, Fort Worth, and Southlake. The only H-E-B stores in the area are in far southern suburbs such as Burleson and Waxahachie.
The six locations acquired include:
- McKinney, at Hardin Boulevard and El Dorado Parkway
- Grapevine, at State Highway 121 and Hall Johnson Road
- Uptown Dallas, at McKinney Avenue and Lemmon Avenue
- Preston Hollow in Dallas, at Northwest Highway and Midway Road
- Lake Highlands in Dallas, at Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road
- Lakewood in Dallas, at Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road
"H-E-B/Central Market has entered into a contract to acquire several properties in the North Texas region from Sun Fresh to add to its real estate investment portfolio," said Todd Piland, H-E-B executive VP for real estate, facility alliance, and petroleum marketing. "We are currently evaluating the feasibility of each site to determine the most effective use of the properties. At this time, Central Market continues to be the primary format for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex."
The four Dallas stores were previously Albertsons, which were taken over by Minyard Sun Fresh in 2015; they'll be shutting down on or around September 1.
Sun Fresh is the upscale brand that Minyard created in 2014. In July, nine Minyard stores and two of Sun Fresh Market stores were acquired by Fiesta Mart. There's still a Sun Fresh on Arapaho Road, and two Cash Saver stores in southern Dallas.