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Sad day for the BU community. I've been gone for 31 years, but my youngest is there now, and I will miss the Ghetto HEB. Almost got arrested there in 1981 when we accidentally walked into the middle of a Waco PD stakeout on the way from our house to Mothers (now Scruffy's).
Nobody could stock a trash can punch like that store.
My sophomore year I lived behind that store in Treehouse apartments without a car. Survived off of their generic mac and cheese then across the street for a Big Gulp and Art's sunflower seeds. Saved up to hit JT McCords on week-ends.
Ah, college. What a great time.
Pro Ecclesia, Pro Mundus
An institution. Lived on 11th for 2 1/2 years, walked either to it or through it to Scruffs 4-5 times a week. That place means more to me though than just college . . . when we would drive through Waco on our way to see my grandparents, we would always, ALWAYS stop at the ghetto HEB to let our dogs go to the restroom ( and give my mom a chance to drive by campus ). I've been using that place for over 30 years.
30 pack of keystones for $14.99 in the summer . . .
ultimate melting pot as has been mentioned
saving up to buy a craptastic piece of meat for Sunday grill out
counting out pennies to buy food, then coming in and blowing $30 for no reason the next day to have Shiner in the keg instead of Keystone
Countless times meeting my grandparents in the parking lot for the "handoff" as it was half way to their house on the coast.
Very sad news for me.
A guy at work use to work for HEB - when I asked him about this store, he laughed and told me they couldn't keep managers for it because it was too difficult to stock. The place was apparently a nightmare to run.
HEB doesn't use cookie cutter layouts, they give a ton of leeway to the local managers. So almost all of their successful stores are very specialized, from extremely poor border stores that have Mariachi bands on the weekend to the Central Markets of Dallas with sushi tasting events. For the ghetto HEB, he said it was a nightmare for them because they had to stock the extremes . . . dirt cheap sub-walmart brand food for the locals and very poor students, but on the other hand they needed things like nice sushi, higher quality wines, expensive name brand cleaning supplies.
It's really hard to have a mini Whole Foods and Dollar Store coexist in the same floor space for lots of reasons. I'm guessing the surrounding HEBs canibalized revenue based on their specialty.
This is such a beautiful post.
I damn near got emotional.
Never thought of that. I imagine it wasn't much fun to manage for that and other reasons: hustling locals and snooty students. No thank you.
Great insight. Makes perfect sense.
We used the Getto HEB as a free ATM. Go through the check out line and get the cheapest thing you could, use your debit card and withdraw $40. Screw the $2.50 ATM fee.
Always thought the merchandise there was hilarious. Tons of cheap beer, buckets of goopy hair "gel", poster boards for projects...often within two aisles of one another.
In all reality campus and/or downtown need some small grocers like Ghetto HEB. The new HEB will be killer, but losing ghetto HEB leaves a void. Downtown/Campus need some drug stores (likely min of two). One near/where HeB is now and on downtown near heritage square, could potentially fill space on the bottom floor of that apt complex.
Withing 3.5 mi of my house in Garland there are at least 2 Targets, 2 Walmarts, and about 5 Walgreens/CVSs...I realize waco's pop isn't as dense, but there's a sever lack of drug stores.
Within 3.5 mi of my house in Garland there are at least 2 Targets, 2 Walmarts, and about 5 Walgreens/CVSs...I realize waco's pop isn't as dense, but there's a sever lack of drug stores.
In a perfect world the old HEB will be redeveloped as a Sprouts or something like that with multifamily above it, and someone will open up an ALDI or something low end like that West of 35 between like 12th and 18th.
And while we're on the subject of defunct HEBs, I for one am thrilled that they're closing the one on Valley Mills before we close the Case. I can just picture the outrage that Baylor killed the local grocer and now people will starve!
Aldi already opened on Valley Mills
Your name's Lebowski, Lebowski. Your wife is Bunny.
Have to disagree here. There are tons of CVS, Walgreens, Wal Mart, HEB, ALDI, Dollar Stores, Target, Drug Emporium. I wouldn't say they lack but I do think 2 smaller grocery stores would do well in downtown and near Baylor.
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