H-E-B Pantry Foods

H-E-B is quite the player in the Texas Food Market. They maintain 4 active and separate grocery store brands. Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop, Mi Tienda! and H-E-B. Operating locations in 4 out of the 5 largest metroplexes in the state, sorry El Paso. H-E-B also has extensive operations throughout Northeastern and Central Mexico. With all this progress, it become easy to forget where it all started. Before you read any further I just want to extend a thanks to Aaron Johnson of The Houston Files for helping compile the location list.

The expansion of H-E-B is relatively recent given the fact that it was founded in 1905, and Houston’s first “full fledged” H-E-B didn’t open until 2001. Prior to that H-E-B had focused on building outward from their home of Kerrville. Through this strategy they entered San Antonio in Austin. Eventually coming to Houston suburbs opening stores under the H-E-B Pantry Foods banner. The Pantry Foods banner was a limited concept compared to other grocery stores of the time. There were no specialty shops such as a Deli Counter, Bakery, or Butcher. If it wasn’t out on the shelf to be sold, it wasn’t available. The number of items in the store was also dropped limiting variety. These ideas helped to keep costs down. The end goal was to introduce H-E-B to the Houston area, as a serious competitor against chains like Kroger, and at the time AppleTree and Albertsons.

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The end of H-E-B Pantry Foods was announced in 2000. H-E-B Corporate offices announced that all locations would be either converted or closed. Many of the buildings were not built by H-E-B, and more outdated than the competition. To save on costs H-E-B would often convert older grocery stores. The lack of space and selection also began to hurt the company as many shoppers moved to “One Stop Shop” grocery stores such as, Kroger Signature, Walmart Supercenter, and even Randall’s Flagship. By 2002 the company was closing their final Pantry Foods locations.

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For the most part the locations were either replaced or remodeled. However, not every store had a replacement. Some were consolidated into others. At the same time the demise of the Pantry Foods brand, H-E-B began a huge push into Houston. Many locations which never had Pantry Foods locations gained new H-E-B’s. The Pantry Food’s experiment only lasted about 10 years. Some stores did survive, simply dropping the Pantry Foods banner. Some of these locations received small updates, and new products. However, they’re still quite limited compared to most other grocery stores.

Locations in the Houston Area

Store Number Address Notes
319 12900 Aldine Westfield Rd Houston, TX 77039 Now Dollar Tree and smaller stores
309 5815 Antoine Dr Houston, TX 77091 Built 1992, now Harris Co. Annex 38
329 11616 Beamer Rd Houston, TX 77089 Now CubeSmart
306 4980 Hwy 6 N Houston, TX 77084 Now 99 Cent Only Stores
316 9510 Beechnut St Houston, TX 77036 Gol Bar and Dollar City
317 15707 Bellaire Blvd Houston, TX 77083 Now CubeSmart
364 11700 Bellaire Blvd Houston, TX 77072 Now Bellaire Auto Parts
321 12638 Bissonnet St Houston, TX 77099 Converted to smaller stores
320 8440 Bissonnet St Houston, TX 77074 Now Southwest Schools – Elementary Campus
322 5417 S Braeswood Blvd Houston, TX 77096 Remained open until Hurricane Harvey.
328 3131 Campbell Rd Houston, TX 77080 Now a production facility for prepared foods.
365 11320 Chimney Rock Rd Houston, TX 77035 Now a 99 Cent Only Store
335 1050 Federal Rd Houston, TX 77015 Currently Sellers Bros., former Safeway…may not have been AppleTree
369 6102 Scott St Houston, TX 77021 Still Open
331 301 W 11th St. Houston TX 77008 Torn down around 2007 for Regions Bank
435 1511 W 18th St Houston, TX 77008 Opened August 1997 as per outside plaque, still open, replacement underway
330 11940 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77077 Now a Sprouts Farmers Market
440 1414 Wirt Rd Houston, TX 77055 Now the Trini Mendenhall Community Center. Originally a Safeway.
304 435 Uvalde Rd Houston, TX 77015 Now a dd’s Discounts
442 1011 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 Now a Half Price Books
456 6960 Barker Cypress Rd Houston, TX 77084 After sitting vacant for many years, this location was finally converted into a Planet Fitness
310 13730 Cypress North Houston Rd Cypress, TX 77429 Hunting Specialty Supplies
337 12550 Bammel North Houston Rd Houston, TX 77066 Now a campus for Vistas High School (Klien ISD)
349 7308 Louetta Rd Spring, TX 77379 Rebuilt with new store directly behind it
352 5130 Cedar St Bellaire, TX 77401 Opened April 1994 as per outside plaque. Demolished in 2016 for replacement store
362 1550 S Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450 Now a 24 hour Fitness Sport location
438 5104 Harrisburg Blvd Houston, TX 77011 Now an AutoZone and other stores.
308 22618 Aldine Westfield Rd Spring, TX 77373 Closed in 2017 with construction of Joe V’s Smart Shop down the road
439 5450 Airline Dr Houston, TX 77076 King Dollar
338 4703 Lexington Blvd Missouri City, TX 77459 Now Embody Fitness Center, facade still intact.
460 7994 Bellfort St Houston, TX 77061 Now Northern Tool + Equipment
470 21155 Tomball Pkwy Houston, TX 77070 Now a Stein Mart
469 9215 West Rd Houston, TX 77064 Split between a Goodwill and Dollar Tree
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Locations Outside of Houston

Store Number Address Notes
288 207 E South St Alvin, TX 77511 Still Open
17 1239 E Mulberry St Angleton, TX 77515 Still Open
336 7130 FM 1960 Humble, TX 77346 99 Cents Only Store
283 2200 N Main St Baytown, TX 77520 vacant
73 3930 E Lucas Dr Beaumont, TX 77706 vacant
33 75 N Major Dr Beaumont, TX 77707 Storage Spot
12 1180 S 11th St Beaumont, TX 77701 Goodwill
62 1905 Old Hearne Rd Bryan, TX 77803 Replacement store built almost directly next to it in 2011, original store torn down
118 2031 Texas Ave Bryan, TX 77802 Harmony Science Academy
305 1033 Bay Area Blvd Clear Lake, Webster, TX 77062 Now a Spec’s
257 100 Truly PLZ Cleveland, TX 77327 Still Open
59 2026 Texas Avenue South College Station, TX 77840 Open as H-E-B Pantry 1991-2002, later Gattitown (2003-2012), now DSW (2013-)
256 2105 Milam St Columbus, TX 789 Still Open
360 2108 N Frazier St Conroe, TX 77301 Still Open
287 1035 E Loop 304 Crockett, TX 75835 Still Open
23 14670 FM 2100 Crosby, TX 77532 Crosby ISD Transportation Building
368 1161 N Esplanade St Cuero, TX 77954 Closed After 2013
21 3601 Center St Deer Park, TX 77536 Building existed prior to 1990s, was likely built as a Safeway.
351 301 N Wells St Edna, TX 77957 Still Open
326 115 W Parkwood Ave Friendswood, TX 7754 Converted into smaller shops (most of parking displaced by bank)
286 6013 Stewart Rd Galveston, TX 77551 Opened 1990 (former Safeway), closed 2008 after Ike, now Odyssey Academy
417 424 St Matthew St Gonzales, TX 78629 Still Open
54 5000 32nd St Groves, TX 77619 Still Open
436 216 FM 1960 Humble, TX 77338 99 Cents Only Store
15 909 S Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX 77340
266 420 E Gibson St Jasper, TX 75951 Harbor Freight Tools
459 412 N Timberland Dr Lufkin, TX 75901 Still Open
311 5320 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591 Food-Rite Market
416 450 E Travis St La Grange, TX 78945 Still Open
358 4431 Nelson Rd Lake Charles, LA 70605 Opened 1996 (acquired from Delchamps) and closed 2003 (later became Market Basket)
279 410 Plantation Dr Lake Jackson, TX 77566 Closed
323 215 W Main St League City, TX 77573 Palais Royal
278 1021 N Main St Liberty, TX 77575 Vacant, but not before becoming “Thrif-Tee Food Center”
339 1509 W Church St Livingston, TX 77351 Still Open
116 819 S Main St Lumberton, TX 77657 Still Open
44 320 S Twin City Hwy Nederland, TX 77627 Home Surplus Outlet
35 2424 N 16th St Orange, TX 77630 Still open
307 2211 Southmore Ave Pasadena, TX 77502 El Ahorro Supermarket
315 2226 Shaver St Pasadena, TX 77502 Later 99 Cent Only Stores
277 3216 E Broadway St Pearland, TX 77581 Later Athletic Dreams, now Forgotten Angels Resale Shop
86 3401 Gulfway Dr Port Arthur, TX 77642 Still Open
297 20 Porterwood Vlg Porter, TX 77365 Now a Goodwill
261 1502 W Cameron Ave Rockdale, TX 76567
Former Safeway, closed without replacement in 2005 (no mention of “Pantry” signage)
348 4206 Avenue T Santa Fe, TX 77510 Still Open
437 2000 Bayport Blvd Seabrook, TX 77586 Palais Royal
267 918 21st St N Texas City, TX 77590 Relocated 2015, empty.
318 28520 Tomball Pkwy Tomball, TX 77375 New store built behind it, old store torn down
271 110 E Brazos AveWest Columbia, TX 77486 Still Open
355 201 W Gonzales St Yoakum, TX 77995 Still Open
457 1305 Tenaha St Center, TX 75938 Currently vacant; Originally Safeway later part of U Save Foods
458 419 Texas Loop 436Carthage, TX 75633 Open; Originally a Safeway, branched off with U Save Foods.
459 412 N Timberland Dr Lufkin, TX 75901 Still Open
468 1420 N University Nacogdoches, TX 75961 Brookshire Brothers
303 130 Sawdust Rd Spring, TX 77380 Former Safeway, torn down for new store around 2003 (new store faces east)

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