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Texas Hill Country Brands That Became Known Across the United States

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H-E-B, though not known in the rest of the United States has swept Texas and even become a mainstay of many cities in Mexico. Among Texas Hill Country brands, this is one that has gone international. Founded in 1905 in Kerrville, H-E-B today keeps its headquarters in San Antonio. H-E-B stands for Howard Edward Butt, the name of the youngest son of Florence Butt who opened the first Butt Grocery Store in 1905 in Kerrville. The family still owns and operates the company, and until 2013 it was the largest privately run company in the state. Though only found in Texas in the United States, H-E-B’s influence extends over the border to Mexico, where it did over $1 billion in business in 2012. Here in Texas, several offshoots including H-E-B Plus!, Central Market, Mi Tienda, and Joe V’s Smart Shop show the diversification of the brand while maintaining its Texan traditions.

3. Fuddruckers

Fuddruckers is another of the Texas Hill Country brands that has expanded

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In 1979, Philip J. Romano founded the burger building restaurant Fuddruckers in San Antonio. His goal was to create the best possible burgers, and he hit on the concept of freshly baked buns and in-store ground meat. Not only did the freshness of the hamburgers set Fuddruckers apart from the competition but so did the ability of the customers to customize their burgers with a toppings bar. Today, Fuddruckers is a subsidiary of Luby’s which is based in Houston, and there are 111 Fuddruckers locations across the United States with several more scattered around the globe. Though Romano left the company in 1988, his influence is still felt in the freshly made burgers and buns at each Fuddruckers restaurant.

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