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H-E-B in Plano to Open Soon

Plano H-E-B will open in time for Thanksgiving.
Plano H-E-B will open in time for Thanksgiving. Photo Courtesy of HEB
San Antonio-based and Baby Jesus-conscripted H-E-B announced that its new Plano store will open on Nov. 2 at 6 a.m.

This 118,000-square-foot grocery store is another from H-E-B forming a ring of fire around (but not in) Dallas County, and most of Tarrant County. In September a new store opened in Frisco, with one person camping out on the front steps a full six hours before the doors opened. To date, there is still a line out the door on the weekends.

The new Plano store, at 6001 Preston Road, is a wee bit larger than the Frisco store: 7,000 square feet more. It will have a True Texas BBQ restaurant and drive-thru, which was named best barbecue chain by Texas Monthly back in 2019. There will also be a fuel station, a car wash, a full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru, and curbside and home delivery.

The store will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Customers can begin scheduling orders for curbside pickup starting at 1 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Throw some of that jalapeño pimento cheese in the cart for us.

This will be the fourth H-E-B in North Texas. The others are in Burleson, Waxahachie and Frisco. Another store is planned for Mansfield at the corner of Highway 287 and Broad Street; it should break ground in early 2023.

For those new to town, or who live like Patrick the Star, H-E-B is an ethos in Texas amongst grocery stores. It's a mix of affordable standard goods to nuanced things we just really like in Texas (see jalapeño pimento cheese). The produce section is a behemoth, and the bakery pushes out fresh warm goods by the hour (we saw Jesus in a freshly baked pretzel klobasnek there one morning). You can get anything you need in life and a million things you had no idea you needed. It's not as complicated as its big-city sibling store, Central Market, but also not as hipster nor expensive as Whole Foods.

For now, if you want to know what the fuss is about, you can read about some of our favorite H-E-B goods in this article detailing our nine favorite things we'll fight for a parking spot over. 
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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.

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