Photo Credits: WoodCo
In January of 2015, the evolving design of H-E-B’s downtown grocery store was approved by the Historic Design and Review Commission. The construction of Flores Market is by far H-E-B’s smallest store at 50,000 sq. ft., but the amazing detail in the design makes this market a truly unique structure that is perfect for San Antonio downtown residents.
This H-E-B is an energy efficient, LEED rated building, meaning everything in this structure is recycled from old buildings. The store’s interior and exterior functions are designed for low-water usage. The brick walls complement the brick exteriors of the now-converted light industrial buildings along South Flores Street, like the Justin Candy Factory. The South Flores Market sign has a vintage feel as well to complete the outside. The interiors are made of Long Leaf Pine Joists, bowstring steel arches to support a high roof and clerestory windows that make for a natural lit interior.
The Reclaimed Long Leaf Pine Joists were the same joists extracted from the old Joske’s building located in the heart of Downtown. On some of the joists you can see writing on the wood where the lumber company used to advertise when traveling by carriage. To better accent the wooden joists, WoodCo also provided the Nueces Wallboard, which is a reclaimed wall paneling made out of the Joske’s material as well. These walls can be seen on the outer rim of the deli (top and bottom), on the shelves in the bakery, and around the counter of the coffee bar. The South Flores H-E-B Market is a mix of industrial and reclaimed products creating the perfect environment friendly super store.
Just take a look and view for yourself or if you are ever downtown go take a look at this market in person.
Courtesy of H-E-B.