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GVEC sells land in Cuero to H-E-B

By Sonny Long
June 23, 2013 at 1:23 a.m.
Updated June 24, 2013 at 1:24 a.m.

The current H-E-B store in Cuero was built in 1960 and is one of the company's smaller stores. H-E-B has purchased land on U.S. Highway 87 for possible construction of a new, bigger store.

ABOUT GVEC

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative serves more than 71,000 meters across 13 Texas counties, spanning 3,500 square miles in South Central Texas.

The headquarters is in Gonzales with area offices in Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia and Cuero.

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative has sold the land where its operations are located in Cuero to H-E-B.

But the San Antonio-based grocery chain won't publicly commit that it's planning to build a new store there.

The H-E-B store in Cuero at 1161 N. Esplanade St. was built in 1960 and is 13,500 square feet.

In 2010, a Cuero Chamber of Commerce-led committee launched a public relations effort campaigning for a new, larger grocery store.

In June 2011, H-E-B said it was conducting a feasibility study to see if a new store in Cuero was warranted.

Now, land has been purchased, but the official word from the grocery store chain continues to be non-committal.

"H-E-B is pleased to be part of the development of the Cuero community," said Regina Garcia, public affairs manager for the Gulf Coast Region. "At this time, no plans are outlined on a new store."

But GVEC has plans in Cuero.

The electric co-op will build a new customer service center, GVEC Home location and warehouse complex over the next year-and-a-half, according to a news release from the company.

The new customer service center will be at 1015 E. Broadway St., across from Cuero High School and east of the current GVEC complex at the corner of U.S. Highway 87 and Fain McDougal Drive.

Plans are also underway for a new GVEC operations center to be built be on an 11.5 acre tract north of Cuero on U.S. Highway 183.

This complex will serve as the warehouse and will house engineering, operations, communications and transportation employees and activities, according to the news release.

The new customer service center complex will house all of the current customer service employees and activities and will also offer something new to the area.

In addition to taking payments and working with customers on their electric and Internet accounts, GVEC Home's new showroom will offer a wide selection of home appliances while continuing to offer sales and service of appliances and air conditioning and heating equipment, according to the news release.

Construction on both facilities is expected to begin by the end of the year with plans for completion in late 2014 or early 2015.

Until new facilities are completed to house its Cuero operations, GVEC will lease its current facilities from H-E-B.

GVEC and H-E-B share a strong commitment to community, and by partnering on this project, the companies will bring new service options to area residents through a new GVEC customer service center and a new grocery store, according to the GVEC news release.

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