Officially, H-E-B has still not announced their plans to build a new store but H-E-B Real Estate Manager Mary Rohrer shared some details about the company’s plans during three local meetings Tuesday.
Rohrer said the company will build a convenience store and gas station at the site near the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 72 in Kenedy, as well as a new 40,000 square-foot H-E-B store.
The new store will be more than three times the size of the store currently in operation in Kenedy, but smaller than the H-E-B Stores in Floresville and Beeville.
The new store will feature a deli, an eatery, a drive-through pharmacy and many other features that customers are used to seeing at larger H-E-B stores.
Rohrer spoke to Commissioners Court about the project and Chapter 381 economic development agreement between H-E-B and Karnes County.
County Judge Barbara Shaw said the county and H-E-B have been working on the agreement since April 2013.
Under the agreement, the county will rebate to H-E-B a maximum of $300,000 over a 10-year period in tax revenue based from the additional tax revenue generated by the new larger store.
“I think it is a good thing for the county, the City of Kenedy and the citizens,” Commissioner Shelby Dupnik said regarding the new store.
Dupnik made a motion to approve the agreement and authorize the county judge to execute it.
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Tracey Schendel and carried on a 4-0 vote. (Commissioner James Rosales was absent.)
According to Roher, construction on the store is expected to begin in February after extended ground work.
Later the same day the Kenedy 4B Corporation approved a similar agreement to rebate H-E-B a maximum of $150,000 over a 10-year period funded from additional tax revenue generated by the store.
That same evening, the Kenedy City Council approved a similar agreement to rebate H-E-B a maximum of $525,000 over a 10-year period funded from additional tax revenue generated by the store.