New H-E-B Lufkin store set to open Wednesday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With a promise of more jobs due to a bigger store and "the lowest possible prices," H-E-B is ready to open its doors to the general public on Wednesday.

Company officials sent out special invitations to community leaders and the media to take a pre-opening tour of the store on Tuesday.  The store features a high volume scratch bakery, offering an assortment of homemade artisan breads made fresh in-store daily and made to order decorated cakes.  All departments have been expanded and several include natural selections and items.

"As the needs of our customer base change and evolve, H-E-B must do the same," stated Cyndy Garza-Roberts, director of public affairs for H-E-B's Houston region.  "Our new location will better meet the needs of our customers in the Lufkin area.  Everything about the store, from its design to its fresh offerings, is specifically tailored to meet the needs and desires of this community."

Retail grocery professional Pedro Alegria will be the unit director of the store.  "Having worked with the H-E-B family for more than 13 years - the last two of those at the current store in Lufkin - I am confident that our new store will offer the community the best low prices and quality products," said Alegria.

The new Lufkin store will be staffed with 190 employees.

During Wednesday's pre-opening, both Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden and Angelina County of Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Huffman thanked H-E-B officials for recognizing Lufkin as a growing community and for continuing to invest in its future.  The store grand opening is at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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