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HEB plans continue despite delay in filing permits

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Plans are still in the works for H-E-B to open their new supermarket in fall 2014, despite the fact that the city of Beaumont has not received a permit application. 

At the northeast corner of College and 11th streets, where Baptist Hospital was demolished after 63 years, there is now an empty lot. H-E-B spokesperson Cyndy Garza-Roberts said the lot is ready for underground work to begin, but isn't sure what is taking so long filing the permits.

The 68,000-square foot store will be more than double the size of the current two H-E-B pantry stores on 11th street and Lucas Dr. The supermarket will also employ 300 people while the current stores only employ 120.

Larry Kratzer lives near the site for the new building. He said is ready to see the change in the neighborhood.

"I will use it, we need more stores over here," he said. "We've got lots of people but no stores"

Beaumont city council approved a property tax break worth $150,000 over the next seven years. The project is valued at about $5.3 million.




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