Grainger Industrial Supply is expanding its Texas footprint with a 1.2 million-square-foot industrial property in Hockley. The company plans to break ground on its Houston Texas Distribution Center this spring and delivery is expected in 2026. Hines will develop the project.
Set to be one of Grainger’s largest facilities upon its completion, the warehouse will feature a 36-foot clear height, 52- by 50-foot column spacing and a total of 740 car parking spaces.
The distribution center will house industrial supply items such as hand and power tools, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, lighting, power transmission equipment, fluid power solutions and motors.
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The property will take shape on a vacant 108-acre parcel of land, near the intersection of Hempstead Highway and Roberts Road, 35 miles northwest of downtown Houston. Daikin Texas Technology Park and Broad-Ocean Motor/Manufacturing Texas are within a 4-mile radius of the development site.
Grainger currently has other industrial projects underway as well. The company plans to open a 525,000-square-foot bulk warehouse in Pineville, N.C., later this year, while another 535,000-square-foot distribution center in Gresham, Ore. is set for delivery in 2025.
Grainger already operates more than 45 locations in Texas, six of them being in Houston. The firm also has two logistics facilities outside of Dallas.
The Texas industrial market prospers
Texas had the highest concentration of construction starts in 2023, with three markets ranking in the top five nationwide: Dallas (28.4 million square feet), Houston (14.1 million square feet) and Austin (10 million square feet), a recent CommercialEdge report shows. At the end of last year, Houston had 12.5 million square feet under construction, representing 2.1 percent of stock.
And more development is expected this quarter. In January, Constellation Real Estate Partners announced plans for the construction of Constellation Eldridge, a 537,375-square-foot speculative warehouse in Houston. The 26-acre property is set for completion by the end of the year.