H-E-B Gulf Coast Region Group Vice President Rob Hall and other H-E-B team members welcomed guests to the new store.
Kenedy HEB store director Jimmy Sordia also welcomed guests at Thursday's event
On Friday morning at 6 a.m. the time had arrived for the new store to officially open for business.
A small group of people were lined up to be the first customers to walk inside the new store located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 72 West.
A few hours later on Friday morning, H-E-B hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration in front of a large crowd gathered at the front of the new store.
Suzanne Wade, president of HEB San Antonio welcomed visitors to the store
James Aulds, with H-E-B Petroleum spoke briefly about the HEB convenience store that opened earlier in the week, which is the largest convenience store in the HEB chain with 20 fuel pumps and a McDonalds restaurant inside the store.
Eight local non-profit groups were presented a total of $67,000 in cash and store products as part of the event.
The South Texas Children's Home received a contribution of $8,000 plus $3,000 worth of products in inventory at the old Kenedy store.
The Kenedy school district, Karnes City ISD education foundation, Runge school district, Kenedy Police Department, Kenedy Volunteer Fire Department, Karnes City Volunteer Fire Department and the Kenedy Public Library were each presented with contributions of $8,000.
Near the end of the ceremony, HEB team leader and team members cut the ribbon, officially opening the new store for business.
See the July 30 issue of The Karnes Countywide for a more detailed story about the store's opening last week.