SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — San Antonio grocer H-E-B announced Wednesday it is building a new five-story tech center on its downtown San Antonio headquarter campus.
The company said it will house up to 1,000 employees.
Construction on the building is set to start by next summer and wrap up two years later.
H-E-B said the project will add 500 new tech jobs in San Antonio and relocate other members of its digital team from around the city to the new hub.
“Our success starts with our people, who provide exceptional hospitality to deliver world-class shopping and digital experiences,” said Craig Boyan, H-E-B President. “We’re committed to hiring more people, adding the necessary skills to become both a better tech company and even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer.”
The company currently has more than 1,000 employees in its digital team in San Antonio with a few hundred more in Austin at a tech hub it opened in June.
“The San Antonio tech center will be become part of the new front door to our Arsenal campus, just as H-E-B Digital is creating a new front door for our customers online and via mobile shopping experiences,” said Jag Bath, H-E-B Chief Digital Officer.
San Antonio political leaders applauded the news.
“H-E-B’s service to customers, commitment to community and drive for innovation are why they are so much more than a store, and why the City of San Antonio is honored and proud of this incredible growth of 500 highly-skilled jobs,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Just as no store does more than our H-E-B, no city achieves more than San Antonio because of H-E-B.”
“The H-E-B tech center employing 1,000 people will be a quantum step in making San Antonio a center for technology,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Other local tech leaders celebrated the announcement.
“H-E-B continues to have an outsized impact on our community. One of our region’s greatest strengths is our willingness and eagerness to serve others, and H-E-B consistently leads the way in this respect,” said Graham Weston, co-founder of Rackspace and Geekdom. “These 1,000 Partners will be digitally innovating from right here in downtown San Antonio, serving Texans everywhere. Another thing we do exceptionally well as a region is celebrate. Today, we should all celebrate H-E-B. 500 new tech jobs in our community is the type of commitment that sets us on an entirely new path.”