While it's at it, the Texas-based supermarket chain will add several hundred new jobs to the local economy.
New H-E-B Facility Austin
Credit: H-E-B

Big things are unfolding in the Texas capital, and one of the nation's largest supermarket chains is leading the way.

H-E-B recently announced the purchase of an 81,000-square-foot facility in East Austin that will become "a world-class tech facility and innovation lab." The move is rumored to be one of the chain's first steps in its mission to take on Amazon.

A renovated industrial warehouse set for completion in 2019, the sprawling nerve center will serve as a "creative and collaborative workspace" for H-E-B and its newest acquisition, the on-demand delivery service app, Favor. Their goal? To become a "dominant force in the digital retail space" by continuing to expand its digital offerings, as well as its delivery and curbside services.

"This state-of-the-art space will be a hub for creativity and innovation as we continue to develop the ultimate digital experience for our customers," Jag Bath, H-E-B's chief digital officer and Favor CEO and president, said in a news release. "Bringing H-E-B and Favor closer together will allow us to promote collaboration between our two companies as we strengthen our commitment to building out H-E-B's omnichannel services."

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H-E-B, a San Antonio-based supermarket chain, is currently the largest privately-held employer in Texas. By expanding its Austin footprint, H-E-B and Favor plan to add several hundred jobs to the local economy.

Career opportunities can be found on the H-E-B and Favor websites.