FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth is buzzing with the prospect of H-E-B grocers coming to town.

The popular, San Antonio-based grocery store chain asked for and received a rezoning of part of an eight-acre vacant lot at the corner of Miller Avenue and East Rosedale Street.

A H-E-B spokesperson said the chain has no current plans to build at the location, but the fact that HEB is even showing interest has heads turning in the Stop Six neighborhood.

We really need the revitalization, said Belinda Jenkins, who is a caretaker in the area. I would go in there for sure.

The news buzzed online too, with even Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price sending out a tweet about the development, which would be called Rosedale Marketplace.

"It's kind of a food desert in that area," she told Channel 8. We don't know, of course, whether it'd be a market or full grocery, but we hope they'll go ahead and pursue this."

She said the area has long needed a development overhaul, and that H-E-B s fresh produce at a reasonable price could be a critical step toward making that happen.

The larger development calls for a grocery store and perhaps some office space.

As we review our long-term planning options, it often makes sense to purchase property well in advance of H-E-B s current real estate needs [...] we do not currently have plans for this site, H-E-B said in a statement.

Fort Worth s zoning commission approved the change this week.


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