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No H-E-B yet, but a Central Market is opening in northwest Dallas

It's created 250 jobs in the region.
Credit: Central Market / Courtesy

DALLAS, Texas — More than two years after acquiring the space, Central Market will open its third Dallas location.

The grocer announced Thursday that the 42,000-square-foot store will open on Sept. 5 at Midway Road and Northwest Highway in Dallas after undergoing an extensive remodel. It will primarily serve neighborhoods in northwest Dallas and created 250 jobs in the region.

A former Sun Fresh Market, the store was part of a six-store portfolio H-E-B/Central Market acquired in August 2016 from Carollton’s RLS Supermarkets LLC. At that time, the purchase fueled speculation that H-E-B was planning to open stores inside Dallas-Fort Worth.

The grocer owns several properties and pieces of land across North Texas, including a 2.806-acre tract outside of Dallas’ Bishop Arts District. It also has several H-E-B locations skirting the metroplex in Burleson, Granary, Cleburne, Ennis, Waxahchie, Stephenville, Corsicana and Hudson Oaks.

However, company spokesperson Mabrie Jackson told the Dallas Business Journal in December that the grocer will continue to use its Central Market format for growth inside DFW, including at the Bishop Arts tract.

“H-E-B is also aware and thankful for the H-E-B fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that are anxiously awaiting our entry into that market,” Jackson said at the time. “Our

interest remains in evaluating the DFW market for the H-E-B format of stores, but there are no current plans to enter at this time.”

There are five Central Markets already open in North Texas, including two in Dallas and one each in Fort Worth, Plano and Southlake.

In addition to Central Market’s newly announced store, at least one other located is slated for the DFW region. From the six-store portfolio it acquired in 2016, H-E-B/Central

Market has sold off four locations, retaining the northwest Dallas store and another at McKinney and Lemmon avenues in Uptown Dallas.

As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the Uptown location is still in the design phase and no official opening date has been set.