H-E-B shopping lists can now include bananas, milk and a handyman

The Texas grocer has partnered with home management platform Thumbtack to offer suggestions and hiring info for local pet service providers, landscapers, repair people and more.
H-E-B has partnered with Thumbtack. / Photo courtesy H-E-B

H-E-B has partnered with home management platform Thumbtack on its first retail offering, giving grocery shoppers access to dog walkers, cleaners, landscapers and more, the companies announced Friday.

More than 300 H-E-B stores across Texas now have branded displays enticing customers to scan a QR code to access pet services such as dog walking, grooming, pet sitting, training and more. Select H-E-B stores have Thumbtack’s On-Demand feature that offers up names of area handymen, lawn care services and housecleaners for hire—all at a 10% discount.

“Thumbtack’s job is to make caring for everything in and around the home a seamless experience for the homeowner,” David Steckel, senior director of strategic partnerships at Thumbtack, said in a statement. “Expanding into physical retail brings us one step closer to that by allowing us to be a partner for consumers whether they’re shopping in-store for their pets or getting their backyards ready for hosting.”

Most H-E-B stores feature large Texas Backyard departments, stocked with lawn and garden items, furniture and more. 

Founded in 2008, Thumbtack is an online directory that allows users to search for, hire and rate a wide variety of home service providers, including painters, plumbers, photographers and more.

The company said it is “excited to expand its physical footprint in the year ahead.”

Fast-growing H-E-B, which is based in San Antonio, has more than 430 stores in Texas and Mexico.

In February, H-E-B opened its first two-story market, a 97,000-square-foot supermarket near Lake Austin.



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