Groundbreaking Takes Place For Massive H-E-B-Anchored Manvel Town Center

Groundbreaking Takes Place For Massive H-E-B-Anchored Manvel Town Center
Manvel H-E-B Groundbreaking
Manvel Town Center H-E-B Groundbreaking

MANVEL – On June 22, Weitzman and H-E-B held groundbreaking ceremonies for the first phase of Manvel Town Center, which upon completion will be one of the largest open-area retail focused projects in history for Houston’s metro area, the country’s fifth-largest MSA.

With a market-defining signature retail component with the first phase anchored by leading grocer H-E-B, Manvel Town Center is designed to incorporate more than 1 million square feet of retail, entertainment, hospitality, medical and office space. The project is located at the major intersection of SH-288 and SH-6 in the booming Houston suburban market of Manvel.

“Manvel Town Center’s groundbreaking represents the beginning of not only one of the largest retail-focused projects in Houston’s history, it will be the largest project ever for Weitzman in our 31-year history,” said Herb Weitzman, executive chairman and founder of Weitzman. “Alongside this world-class H-E-B, we envision a wellbalanced collection of leading retail anchors, shops, restaurants, fitness, health, beauty and entertainment uses that will attract shoppers and visitors for decades to come. We look forward to serving Manvel and its surrounding communities with retail tenants to compliment the high caliber of H-E-B, and create a shopping destination anchored by not only the best grocer in Texas, but in the entire country.”

The groundbreaking ceremony represents the beginning infrastructure improvements at the 273-acre site of the mixed-use development. The ceremony included remarks from key players, including Mayor of Manvel, Debra Davison, and representatives from H-E-B and Weitzman.

Weitzman is managing the development of Manvel Town Center under the direction of Steve Chandler, City Partner, Weitzman Houston; and JoBeth Prochaska, Senior Vice President of Development and Asset Management, Weitzman Houston. Weitzman’s James Namken, Kyle Knight and Cole Mueller handle leasing at Manvel Town Center. In addition to H-E-B, the Weitzman team is targeting a balanced retail tenant mix including strong presence for destination retails offering best-in-class offerings, along with retail, restaurant, fitness, home furnishings and other local, regional and national concepts. 

The new H-E-B is designed to total more than 100,000 square feet of retail space and will include a fuel station and car wash. The first phase of Manvel Town Center is scheduled to come online in late summer of 2022.

Manvel Town Center, surrounded by vibrant housing growth, is positioned for visibility and access for the heavy vehicular traffic at the intersection of Highway 288 and Highway 6, offering extensive frontage along both thoroughfares at the major intersection.

Most importantly for visibility and access, Manvel Town Center benefits from the newly constructed toll road that  will increase already strong residential growth by improving traffic flow and access from SH-288, from US 59 to the (from the SH 288/U.S. Route 59 interchange to County Road 58 in Manvel, just north of the Manvel Town Center site, allowing users to easily access the shopping center.  )  (NOTE * this only represents the Harris County portion.  The Brazoria County portion extends the road to CR 58) .

The toll road completion has increased the already strong benefits for retailers at this location, since the completion of the toll road has Manvel Town Center positioned at what is on track to be the most heavily trafficked intersection for the regional trade area as it creates ease of access for the key employment centers like the Medical District.

“Manvel Town Center will be the centerpiece of the commercial market and the community of Manvel, which is why Weitzman is putting extensive planning into the project,” Chandler said. “We’re especially pleased that H-E-B, recently ranked as the nation’s top grocery retailer, will be the lead retailer for our first phase.”

Retailers at Manvel also will benefit from the No. 1 retail location in the trade area. This trade area, which encompasses a fifteen-minute drivetime reports average household incomes over $110,000  and close to 291,000 residents. Additionally, the daytime population within this trade area is approximately242,735. Daytime population is an important consideration for retailers and restaurants, because it indicates steady traffic throughout the day.

Strong residential growth surrounding Manvel Town Center is one reason that population within the trade area is on track to jump almost 16  percent by 2025. Major residential communities in the immediate trade area include Lakes of Savannah, Meridiana, Del Bello Lakes, Rodeo Palms, Lakeland, Sterling Lakes, Seirra Vista, , Pomona, Sedona Lakes  and more. All told, Manvel Town Center is surrounded by 28  active home communities that report approximately 25,000 future  lots for a total of approximately 72,000 total units.

Manvel Town Center represents the most recent project for H-E-B and Weitzman, which has a long history dating back decades with the grocer through projects in metro Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth with H-E-B and Central Market.

Like H-E-B, Weitzman works hard to tailor its projects and tenant mix through a reliance on market research, market knowledge and location-intelligence technology. Weitzman’s adaption and success with this tailored approach is one reason that international commercial real estate publication Bisnow in June 2021 named Weitzman as an “Innovator” – meaning one of the companies that is leading the real estate industry forward through innovative programs and technology that are improving real estate and the shopping experience.

In the planning for the massive Manvel Town Center project, Weitzman has directed the development of a wastewater treatment plant, a water plant, detention facilities, feeder road modifications and the construction of Kirby Drive at one boundary of Manvel Town Center.

Manvel, which is experiencing notable residential growth and is on track to see its population boom over the next two decades, is the first major growth market past Pearland. The area currently reports nearly 182,000 residents within a seven-mile radius of Manvel Town Center, and the households in the radius report an average household income of $119,567.

Manvel Town Center further benefits from than 6,600 feet of frontage and direct access from Highway 288 following Weitzman’s construction of a feeder road modification and curb cut into the site.

Watch Our Progress

Manvel Town Center upon completion will rank as the largest new development in the 30-year history of Weitzman. With a design to incorporate nearly 1 million square feet of space upon completion, it goes without saying that progress on Manvel Town Center means a lot of moving parts!

A lot of the planning took place before a single shovelful of dirt was moved, covering important items like zoning and negotiations, engineering and architectural and infrastructure design.

Now, we’re excited to report, Manvel Town Center is under way with a round of physical work that will lead it closer to becoming reality.

Most importantly, H-E-B is fully committed to Manvel Town Center and is prepared to move forward following the installation of infrastructure. We are so excited to work with H-E-B on a beautiful, modern store that will serve the residents of Manvel and surrounding communities and that will help put Manvel Town Center first and foremost in shoppers’ minds.

Most visibly, the TXDOT feeder road at the center is under construction, at a cost of $3 million, and should be complete this fall.

Further progress we’d like to share is that we are working with Frost Bank, who is a fantastic lender, on this project. We have some heavy lifting involved to construct infrastructure that will not only serve our development, but also give the city facilities on the west side of SH-288. Upon completion, our water and sewer plants are turned over to the city. Due to this expense, we are wrapping up some additional leasing to provide income to cover the debt service for the project.
I look forward to sharing the names of these great restaurants and retailers once they’re inked! These leases being signed will release the next phase of our loan and, at that point, you’ll see a lot of activity!
Our planned start date was June of this year. We had taken the project out to public bid and were finalizing leases until…COVID. Once the implications of the pandemic set in, retailers hit the “pause” button on new deals and had to change their focus to ensure viability of their existing stores.
We are fortunate that recently we were able to pick back up where we left off. We are full steam ahead with negotiations and finalization of a number of leases, which will enable the infrastructure work to proceed.

The infrastructure projects, once commenced, will include:

• Phase 1 Clearing and Grubbing
• Highway 6 Driveways and Decel Lanes
• Kirby ROW Improvements / Signalization – Hwy 6
• Wastewater Plant
• Water Plant
• Public sewer, water and storm drainage
• Detention Ponds

Like I said, a lot of moving parts! But the most exciting part is, they ARE moving, and Manvel Town Center is moving from vision to reality. Stay tuned as more updates on our progress are made available.

Written By:
JoBeth Prochaska
Senior Vice President of Development & Asset Management