flyswatter wrote:HEB is known to squat on land just to keep competitors out. When I moved out of College Station they had a vacant grocery store on a main drag that they had no plans to move into at the time, but it forced out an Albertsons. They are in no rush to give up that land/build/open a store.
I agree it's not beneath them to use Walmart tactics, but it's important to note three very different real estate circumstances here:
In Oak Lawn, they own the property but it's not zoned for a grocery store and they would likely face a very protracted process with the Oak Lawn Committee and city for approval. In Uptown, they are waiting for the property owner to draw up plans for their mixed-use building and have no control over construction. In Bishop Arts, they own 100% of the property and could start building tomorrow if they wanted.
So while it's tempting to say that they're stalling on purpose, it might make more sense to run the small Oak Cliff location as a satellite to one of the larger ones in Oak Lawn or Uptown, similar to how Royal Blue opened the Mercantile store to feed off the larger one on Ross.