2020 is slated to be a year of major development for H-E-B in the South Austin area, with projects totaling $200 million, including the construction of three new grocery stores and the major remodel of a current store, according to a December news release from the company.

“We will showcase an unprecedented investment in new stores across the Greater Austin area, especially in South Austin, where our customers will soon be receiving the best and most advanced shopping experience H-E-B has to offer,” said Jeff Thomas, who served as H-E-B’s senior vice president for Central Texas until his retirement Jan. 10.

Construction on a 130,000-square-foot store at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and I-35 is in progress with an opening scheduled for March 27. The store will have several unique features, including True Texas BBQ, a restaurant featuring a drive-thru and outdoor seating.

Work on an 90,000-square-foot Oak Hill-area store will begin this year, located at the southeast corner of Hwy. 290 and FM 1826, according to the release. The new Oak Hill H-E-B is projected to open before year’s end and will replace the H-E-B located near the Y at Oak Hill at 7010 Hwy. 71, Austin.

Work on a third new store will also begin this year to replace an existing location at South Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street. The store will have multiple stories and 130,000 square feet of space, including a food hall, beer garden and two levels of underground parking. H-E-B is scheduled to close the existing 2400 S. Congress Ave. store on March 22 to make way for the new facility. While work is ongoing, a temporary store located in the Twin Oaks Shopping Center will serve the area’s shoppers beginning Feb. 26. The new facility will not open until 2022.

An H-E-B Plus located at 2508 E. Riverside Drive is also undergoing an extensive remodel that will expand the store by over 7,000 square feet, with work expected to be completed early this year.

As the new South Austin projects unfold this year, H-E-B prepares to close another existing store at South First Street and William Cannon Drive, citing aging and inadequate facilities. The location closes April 2.