It's confirmed: Dallas will get two more branches of upscale supermarket Central Market. One will open at McKinney and Lemmon avenues in Uptown; the other will open at Midway Road and Northwest Highway, in the Bluffview neighborhood.
The store at Midway Road will undergo a wall-to-wall remodel. It's projected to open in fall 2017, but no date has been set for the Uptown store.
Senior VP Stephen Butt says in a release that the company has had its eye on these two locations "for many years." Both stores are former Sun Fresh Markets (although the Uptown spot is better known as Albertsons), which parent company H-E-B acquired in August from RLS Supermarkets.
There were six total, which H-E-B purchased as a package deal in order to get these two locations, says spokeswoman Mabrie Jackson.
"We have since sold the Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road location to Lincoln Properties, and plans for the remaining three stores are still under evaluation," Jackson says. "However, these will likely be sold or leased to other retail tenants."
The other three locations are in McKinney, Grapevine, and Lake Highlands, at Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road.
The news is likely to come as a blow to many residents in those neighborhoods who hoped that they might be getting an H-E-B.
This brings the total number of Central Markets in Dallas to four, and seven in North Texas. There are nine Central Market locations statewide, including the original in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.