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Comparing H-E-B Plus! to H-E-B Rio Grande

By ALLISON MILES
May 21, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.
Updated May 22, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.


Victoria's H-E-B locations

H-E-B

• 1505 E. Rio Grande St.

• 361-572-8221

H-E-B Plus!

• 6106 N. Navarro St.

• 361-578-9891

Paper or plastic? Diet or regular? Store brand or premium?

When it comes to grocery shopping, the decisions are endless.

Still, there's one more consideration many Victoria shoppers take into account before hitting the aisles.

H-E-B Plus! or H-E-B Rio Grande?

Crossroads residents cited a number of factors they used when deciding on their go-to store.

Kay Johnson, a Victoria health care provider, said she shops mainly at H-E-B Plus!, 6106 N. Navarro St., because she lives near the store. Pricing also comes into play.

She said she's noticed higher prices for makeup and coffee at the Rio Grande Street store and found H-E-B Plus! employees to be a bit more helpful when it came to locating items on sale.

"I do think some things are cheaper there," she said.

Prices should be the same across the board for both Victoria H-E-B stores, said Regina Garcia-Posada, the company's regional director of public affairs. The only difference would come if one store put an item on clearance before the other.

She encouraged anyone who notices a price discrepancy between the stores to speak with an H-E-B team member or, if available, to check the price with an in-store scanner.

For others in the Crossroads, the decision regarding which H-E-B to frequent all boils down to geography.

H-E-B at 1505 E. Rio Grande St. is close to home for Savannah Gonzales, a Victoria stay-at-home mom. With fluctuating gas prices and other rising costs, she said it makes sense to cut back on drive time.

Convenience was also key to Ana Lee, a Buffalo Wild Wings employee who sticks to H-E-B Plus!

"It's closer to home, and I always assumed prices would be the same, since they're both H-E-B." she said. "But I do a lot of shopping at Wal-Mart, too."

For Shannon Cummins, chef at Huvar's Artisan Market, the decision comes down to variety.

The Rio Grande store tends to offer a bigger selection of Latino products, he said, while specialty products such as Asian and organic items are in bigger supply on Navarro Street.

"It's great for me," he said. "I shop at both."

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