new drip­ping springs H-e-B taps lo­cal farms

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD MATTERS - — Ad­die Broyles

If you live any­where near Drip­ping Springs, you’ve prob­a­bly been keep­ing a close eye on the con­struc­tion of the H-E-B at the south­east corner of U.S. 290 and Rob Shel­ton Boule­vard. Not only is it hard to miss the con­struc­tion of a 68,000-square foot store in a town with only a few thou­sand res­i­dents, but buzz has been build­ing ahead of Fri­day’s grand open­ing be­cause there aren’t many full-sized gro­cery stores in this part of the Hill Coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional gro­cery store items, the store will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts made or grown near Drip­ping Springs, in­clud­ing cheese from Pure Luck Farm & Dairy, let­tuce from Bella Verdi Farms, jams and sal­sas from New Canaan Farms, pro­duce from Fred­er­icks­burg Squash Com­pany and Hill­side Farms, wine from Wim­ber­ley Val­ley Win­ery and John­son City’s Texas Hills Vine­yards and pot­ted plants and flow­ers from Blanco grow­ers Arnosky Farm and Klepac Green­houses. “It’s one of the most vi­brant grow­ing ar­eas I’ve ever worked with,” says Leslie Lock­ett, H-E-B’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs. The store, which will be open from 6 a.m. to mid­night seven days a week, also will fea­ture a meat mar­ket and seafood depart­ment, a sushi bar, a bak­ery, a flo­ral depart­ment and a phar­macy. A fuel sta­tion and car wash lo­cated in the park­ing lot are al­ready open.

Ashley Lan­dis

Gary Gam­ble sweeps the floor at the new Drip­ping Springs H-E-B, which will open Fri­day. The store is 68,000 square feet.

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