Richmond residents near Aliana will have a new 105,000-square-foot H-E-B starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The store, located at 10165 W. Grand Parkway S., Aliana, is launching some new concepts for the grocery chain, according to Leah Ludeker, H-E-B Aliana market unit director.
"[The Aliana store] is one of our newer concept stores which features our soon-to-come sushi and noodle bar, which is a sit down restaurant," Ludeker said.
To meet the needs of the diverse demographics in the area, there will be two aisles of international foods rather than the one aisle usually found at H-E-B markets, she said.
"The other concept we’re introducing—and I don’t have a time for that starting—is our curbside service, so you will be able to place your order and pick up outside," she said.
Ludeker said the store will have wine and food tastings each weekend to give customers a chance to taste the 200 wines, 700 beers and 24 scratch-made breads, as well as local, organic produce, beef and chicken.
As part of the launch, the store donated $5,000 to Texana Center, a local nonprofit that provides services to people with behavioral health care needs and developmental disabilities.
"Our main office is in Rosenberg, but we serve all of Fort Bend County," said Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Texana Center director of specialized services.
Johnson-Patagoc said she was surprised to find out Texana Center had been chosen for the award, and it will help provide additional services to the community.