Retail development

Property at the northwest corner of Stan Schlueter Loop and South Fort Hood Street is seen Thursday. The Killeen City Council approved a rezoning request for the property that would allow for a grocery store.

The Killeen City Council approved a rezoning request in the southern portion of the city that would allow for a grocery store less than 2 miles from where the city’s second Wal-Mart is being built.

An applicant by the name of 195 SS LP had its request approved for the rezoning of 20.75 acres of land on the corner of Stan Schlueter Loop and South Fort Hood Street from a manufacturing district to a business district.

Tony McIlwain, city planner, said the intent for the property is “to put in a commercial corner for a large grocery-retailer who has expressed interest in the city.”

A representative for the project confirmed a grocery store would occupy that corner, but said the company isn’t releasing the store name at this time, according to Daniel Steward, a civil engineer for Cates-Clark and Associates based out of Dallas.

Stewart couldn’t confirm if other tenants would occupy the corner as well, citing the project is still in “conceptual layout.”

However, in March, an H-E-B official confirmed the grocery chain was looking to build a third store in Killeen.

In previous reports, H-E-B spokeswoman Tamara Jones said the chain was “very interested in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, but nothing has been confirmed for a purchase.”

Jones said “as the community grows, (H-E-B) wants to grow with it.”

The Herald contacted H-E-B officials Wednesday, but they did not respond to requests for comment.

A mile and a half west, at the corner of Stan Schlueter Loop and Bunny Trail, a 62-acre retail center is going in. The city rezoned the property in December, which includes a Wal-Mart Supercenter, space for several other smaller retailers and restaurants.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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