H-E-B to close 60-year-old Central Texas store

The store, built in 1958, will close on Oct. 20. (H-E-B photo)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) H-E-B announced Tuesday it plans to close its store at 809 North Gray St. in downtown Killeen, but said it will take steps to ensure the store’s customers have access to transportation to other stores and to fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy staples.

The store, which was built in 1958, will close on Oct. 20, “due to changing market conditions compounded with the need for extensive facility renovations,” the San Antonio-based company said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

H-E-B also operates stores at 2511 Trimmier Rd. and 1101 West Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

“To make free transit possible to the nearby H-E-B after the store closure, H-E-B will be purchasing and distributing 1,000 bus passes and rolling collapsible carts” to the store’s customers, the company said.

H-E-B will also begin to host “a large-scale, mobile food pantry distribution with the Central Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of the closing downtown store,” the company said, and “will significantly increase the exiting support they currently provide to the network of downtown Killeen nonprofits that provide food access for families.”

Employees of the store have been offered jobs at other H-E-B stores, Killeen At Large City Councilman Gregory Johnson said in a Facebook post.

But Johnson said he was saddened by news of the closing.

“Many concerns remain that north Killeen is trending towards turning into a food desert,” he said in the post.

“Residents of North Killeen shouldn’t have to drive to South Killeen for groceries and daily essentials. I believe that north Killeen has a strong enough market to support a large supermarket,” he said.