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H-E-B expanding in Yoakum?

By Sonny Long
April 10, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.


THE CROSSROADS' GROCERY STORE

H-E-B, headquartered in San Antonio, has two stores in Victoria, as well as stores in Cuero, Gonzales, Edna, Yoakum, Refugio, Port Lavaca, El Campo, Wharton and Bay City. A new, larger store opened in Gonzales in March 2012. Expansion plans are also being discussed in Cuero.

H-E-B has plans in Yoakum - it's just not letting on yet exactly what they are.

On Tuesday night, the Yoakum City Council approved a final plat for the company for 5.48 acres of land behind the grocery store's current location, said city manager Kevin Coleman.

The land is owned by Union Pacific Railroad, and the plat ties the two properties together, Coleman said.

"They (H-E-B) have not laid out anything specific regarding future facilities, design or a timeline," Coleman said. "At this time, all we really know is that the city is excited about the potential the addition of property to the current location presents."

H-E-B spokeswoman Regina Garcia said the company has no scheduled plans for expansion or new construction yet.

Also Tuesday night, the city council approved an ordinance creating a Yoakum Tourism Board.

Board members will provide input and make recommendations to the city council on the expenditure of the city's hotel/motel tax revenue, said Coleman.

In 2012, the city collected $66,500 in the tax revenue. The funds are distributed with 7 percent going to the Yoakum Heritage Museum, and 53 percent going to the Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce, Coleman said.

"The balance is held by the city to fund allowable projects," Coleman said. "None of that 40 percent was spent last year or committed to date this year. So it is held in reserve with other unused prior years' portions."

Appointments to the tourism board will be made at the May council meeting.

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