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H-E-B Plans to Reopen Dallas Central Market

Tornado-damaged store undergoes complete rebuild
Central Market H-E-B
Photograph courtesy of H-E-B

H-E-B says its Central Market located at 10720 Preston Rd. in Dallas, will reopen to customers in April/May 2021. The store experienced significant damage from the tornadoes and storms that swept through North Dallas on Oct. 20, 2019. The Preston Royal store, which has remained closed since the storm, is undergoing a complete rebuild and restoration.

The Central Market was not the only building nor business impacted by the storm. A 15-mile stretch in North Dallas was changed that evening, including 10 Dallas ISD schools, three of which experienced significant damage and were not able to reopen at their original campuses, reports H-E-B. The San Antonio, Texas-based grocer is making a $1 million gift to the Dallas Education Foundation for the direct benefit of Dallas ISD as it continues with the rebuilding process.

“H-E-B/Central Market is committed not only to rebuilding the Preston Royal corner, but we are committed to this community as a whole,” said Stephen Butt, president, Central Market/H-E-B division, in a statement. “Our company has a long-standing commitment to public education throughout the state and we’re proud to participate in helping Dallas ISD with additional funds to rebuild these schools in our own backyard.”

In addition to the $1 million gift, Central Market is gifting 50 new trees to the neighborhood through the RETREET organization. Most of the mature trees throughout the well-established Dallas community were destroyed in the storm.

H-E-B/Central Market is using the rebuild as an opportunity to add new features and amenities to the Preston Royal store including curbside service, expanded produce, seafood and floral departments, additional grocery selection, a larger sandwich bar, a new and improved coffee bar experience and additional customer seating in the upstairs mezzanine area.

The store is also focused on more energy efficient fixtures and equipment to perform as a greener neighbor, says the grocer, which is also working to preserve the mid-century modern aesthetics of the original building.

“With every cloud there is a silver lining, and this has certainly held true in the Preston Royal neighborhood during this time of recovery and rebuilding,” said Butt. “Throughout this process, the entire community has stepped up to help each other through cleanup efforts, meal delivery, donations and volunteers. We are more than ready to get our doors reopened so we can start seeing and serving our loyal Preston Royal customers again.”

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