Grocery Stores Closing

SomeH-E-B employees in East Texas are looking for a new job. And H-E-B customers will soon be looking for a new place to shop.   H-E-B is closing its stores in both Nacogdoches and Center. A company spokesman says the stores could not meet the growing demands of the communities. The Lufkin store will remain open.

In Nacogdoches, H-E-B has sold groceries from its University Drive location since 1999. The company was a good corporate neighbor by sponsoring many community events. There are no plans to build another store in the area. Employees at the store were informed Tuesday night that the store would be closing June 17th.

A company statement said the company is offering its employees that work at the location the opportunity to interview for available positions at other H-E-B store locations.   H-E-B human resource personnel will be on-site to answer partners' questions and assist them with relocation needs. "Our culture at H-E-B is to ensure that each employee is taken care of as a result of company decisions that change their work environment," said Cyndy Garza-Roberts, director of public affairs for H-E-B.   "This reinforces our organization's bold promise that each and every person counts."

H-E-B was founded in Kerrville, Texas in 1905 with a single grocery store. For more than 100 years, H-E-B has been an innovative retailer known for low prices, fresh food, quality products and convenient services. The company has grown to more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico with more than 63,000 employees. It conducts a wide range of efforts geared toward helping the community and the environment. H-E-B is one of the largest food chains in the united states, with annual sales more than $12.5 billion, and is the largest privately held company in Texas.