UPDATED: H-E-B sets limits on items for purchase, adjusts hours of all Texas stores

Toilet paper and paper towels are cleared out by shoppers at the H-E-B in Hutto. (Ann Miller/Community Impact Newspaper)
Toilet paper and paper towels are cleared out by shoppers at the H-E-B in Hutto. (Ann Miller/Community Impact Newspaper)

Toilet paper and paper towels are cleared out by shoppers at the H-E-B in Hutto. (Ann Miller/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated March 15

H-E-B on March 15 released a list of items for which it has temporarily limited purchases to protect its supply chain. In a news release on the company website it stated it will continue to restock items. The limits do not apply to its Central Market stores, which have a different list of product limits, according to the release.

Food items:

Chicken: 4 units

Ground beef: 4 units


Water: 2 multipacks and 2 gallons

Eggs: 2 units

Frozen vegetables: 4 units

Frozen breakfast: 4 units

Frozen pizza: 4 units

Boxed dinners: 8 units

Pasta: 4 units

Pasta sauce: 4 units

Rice: 4 units

Canned soup: 8 units

Canned vegetables: 8 units

Canned beans: 8 units

Canned seafood: 8 units

Canned meat: 8 units

Dried beans: 4 units

Nut butters: 4 units

Oatmeal: 4 units

Cereal: 4 units

Bread: 4 units

Milk: 2 units

Powdered milk: 2 units

General merchandise:

Baby diapers: 2 units

Baby wipes: 2 units

Toilet paper: 2 units

Paper towels: 4 units

Disinfecting and antibacterial sprays/wipes: 4 units

Liquid bleach: 2 units

Hand sanitizer: 2 units

Hand soap: 2 units

Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol/swabs: 2 units

Latex gloves: 2 units

Central Market limited items:

Disinfecting sprays/wipes: 4 units

Hand sanitizer: 4 units

Hand soap: 4 units

Bleach: 2 units

Water: 4 multipacks or 4 gallons

Eggs: 4 multipacks

Dry pasta: 4 units

Pasta sauce: 4 units

Frozen vegetables: 4 units

Frozen fruit: 4 units

Frozen pizza: 4 units

Posted March 14

All H-E-B stores, Central Market and H-E-B Pharmacies will close Saturday night at 8 p.m. Beginning Sunday, all stores will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. daily until further notice, according to a March 14 release.

The company, which has more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico, said the trimmed hours will allow for restocking and replenishment of goods overnight when the stores are closed. Shoppers fearing coronavirus have cleared shelves daily as stores have worked to restock goods.

On Friday, H-E-B said it has been preparing for months and has ample supplies. The company has placed limits on some products to allow more customers to find necessities.

Also on Friday, H-E-B reduced hours in its Houston stores.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.