Over 400 people lined up for McKinney's H-E-B grand opening on July 19, according to a company representative.

The details

The McKinney store features:
  • A full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru
  • A fuel station with a car wash
  • An outdoor seasonal essentials department
  • A True Texas BBQ restaurant with a drive-thru
The store will also have an extensive beer and wine selection, a deli, a bakery and tortilleria with two tortilla machines, and live cooking demonstrations at its Cooking Connections station, according to its website. The McKinney location will offer curbside and delivery service.

The location, led by the store’s top leader Matt LoBello, employs a total of 750 people, with most hourly positions beginning at $15 per hour, according to company representatives.

The family-owned grocery store was founded in 1905 by Florence Butt and has expanded to more than 420 locations in Texas and Mexico.

How we got here

The 118,000-square-foot store, located at 8700 Eldorado Parkway near Custer Road, was announced in mid-2021.

Construction for the project began in March 2022. Improvements were also made to adjacent roadways, including Eldorado Parkway, ahead of the McKinney store’s opening.

The first Dallas-Fort Worth-area H-E-B opened in Frisco in September, followed by the opening of the Plano store in November. Other DFW-area H-E-B stores in the works include locations in Allen, Alliance and Mansfield as well as a second Frisco store.

What they’re saying

McKinney Mayor George Fuller, McKinney City Council members, city staff and H-E-B leaders were in attendance at a July 18 ribbon-cutting event.

Fuller noted the company’s philanthropic efforts in the local community began at the onset of construction on the McKinney store.

“How exciting it is to have a company like H-E-B here,” Fuller said. “What it brings to the community certainly as a store—118,000 [square] feet, this is awesome—but what they bring in just human values, in philanthropy to the community, they’re really an incredible company, an incredible corporate partner, and we are so, so blessed to have you guys here.”

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, H-E-B leaders commemorated the store’s grand opening with a $10,000 donation to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, a McKinney-based science museum and nature center.

“We truly believe that giving back not only allows us to better serve you in our stores, but more importantly, allows us to create strong communities where each and every person counts,” said Juan-Carlos Ruck, executive vice president of the H-E-B northwest food and drug division, of the donation.

At the groundbreaking event for the McKinney store in early 2022, H-E-B leaders gifted a total of $50,000 with donations of $10,000 each to City Church, Community Garden Kitchen, Hugs Café, Love Life Foundation and Seed Project Foundation.

For more information on operating hours and details of the new McKinney store, visit www.heb.com/heb-store/US/tx/mckinney/h-e-b-mckinney-794 or call 469-631-7483.

Editors note: This article and headline has been updated to include more information.