I feel a little weird thinking this, never mind writing about it, but I went to the new Supercenter up in Helotes and I was VERY surprised and impressed with the way they designed it. The first thing that jumped out at me was the impact a little tree preservation has on perception and mindset. Actually "a little" isn't an accurate statement at all. They preserved a LOT of live oaks and it was striking how much they softened up the parking lot and made the walk into the place quite a bit more enjoyable. With that said, I can't imagine all the mulch they put out will be maintained that well but such is life. The facility's only been in operation for a couple of weeks so who's to say. As if that wasn't enough the designers did a really good job breaking up the classic big box look that we've all gotten used to as well. They did some really nice work with the entrances, using some curves and louvered window screens to break up the blank wall effect. They also moved past their traditional grey and blue color scheme. They had four or five different low–key neutral colors in the mix...very nice subtle look in my opinion. It'd be nice if they could retrofit their existing stores...or at least consider using that color scheme. It'd go a ways toward breaking up the mass, sort of an "architectural disruptive paint pattern" if you will.