Food Access

H-E-B MacGregor 
Market: The Power of Collaboration

How it happened 

The Third Ward and Riverside communities are a few of Houston’s oldest, most significant African-American communities. On behalf of Texas’ largest grocer, H-E-B, and supported by the City of Houston, we facilitated approvals to develop the company’s first traditional format store in the community. Beyond the grocer’s investment of over $25,000,000, the City of Houston facilitated $13,850,000 in funding for the site acquisition in conjunction with the Houston Housing Finance Corporation, thanks to a Section 108 loan and CDBG-EDI grants.


H-E-B MacGregor Market provides a variety of fresh foods to the neighborhood, improving food access in places that were previously food deserts. A shining example of public-private collaboration, this development proves how important it is to build on common ground.