With more than 100,000 employees and 340+ stores, HEB serves families across Texas and Mexico today, but the southwestern grocery giant comes from humble beginnings. In 1905 and with a $60 loan, Florence Thornton Butt moved her family to Kerrville, Texas, to establish Mrs. C.C. Butt’s Staple and Fancy Grocery, a one-room store on the ground floor of her family home. In 1919, Florence turned management over to her youngest son, Howard Edward Butt, who delivered groceries by wagon as a boy and went on to introduce major low-cost distribution innovations. In 1942, the year Butt installed air-conditioning in stores and introduced frozen foods, he also opened the first store under the name H-E-B in San Antonio.
During World War II, H-E-B’s Harlingen Canning Company produced food for the armed forces. Women served as store managers, and the company became known for its interest in personnel development. It continues to receive awards recognizing this commitment, including being named one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2019 by Forbes. Today, over 100 years after its founding, H-E-B’s employees and customers remain at the heart of every decision.
Providing Peace of Mind and Confidence
H-E-B has grown to be one of the nation’s largest independently-owned food retailers because of its pledge to exceptional service, low prices, and friendly shopping. HEB customers are fiercely loyal, regularly driving miles out of their way to shop at one of the 340 stores. Additionally, HEB’s community involvement is unmatched. The company has seen exponential expansion since its founding, not only in the number of grocery locations, but also in retail, manufacturing and distribution facilities. That’s where HPM comes in—over the past two years, we have performed various services, including construction audits, estimating, contract review and procurement advisement for both the industrial and retail divisions. The construction projects have ranged from $15 million to $150 million with a variety of local and national general contractors and construction managers. We provide the expertise to allow our client peace of mind and confidence that their project cost was well spent. HPM’s Preconstruction team has provided analysis of building services systems, scheduling and staging, as well as other preconstruction services to ensure renovations and additions begin with a strong foundation. As H-E-B continues to grow in new markets, we’re proud to be a small part of the company’s inspiring story.