Lifestyle v2 with spotlights and X-lights (Courtesy of Albertsons Companies.)

Ingredients for Survival: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Safeway’s Lifestyle Concept

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a guest submission from HHR’s good friend Anonymous in Houston.  Many thanks go to Northwest Retail of the Northwest Retail Blog and to Mike from HHR for supplying the photos for this post. Last year, during The Year of Kroger series here at Houston Historic Retail, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Kroger Signature format. The Kroger Signature format dramatically improved Kroger’s position in the Houston market. In this …

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Retail News: Tears for the Demolition of Garden Oaks Sears

Drone Photos Courtesy of David (hindesky) The former Garden Oaks Sears on North Shepherd is being demolished to redevelop the approximately 12-acre plot where the former store sat. The massive chunk of land was part of an expansion technique in which Sears would pick up oversized parcels, build a store, and sell off the rest of the land to other retailers. While portions of this Sears property were sold off over the years, the remaining …

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How’s 7-Eleven doing after 10 years back in Houston?

When 7-Eleven announced they were returning to Houston over ten years ago, it was an exciting time for many. The company was in Houston from the 1950s until leaving in 1987. Many Houstonians remembered Slurpees fondly and were excited to see a major C-Store chain return to a city that most majors avoid. However, 7-Eleven has not easily built its reputation back up. Let’s start with how 7-Eleven even ended up back in Bayou City. …

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Retail News: Barnes & Nobles holds first of three Houston area grand openings

Barnes & Noble opens its newest store in Houston today, which will soon be followed by two more across the metro area. The bookstore opening today is located at 5510 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77005. It could be considered a “technical replacement” for the Vanderbilt Square Barnes & Noble, which closed just over two years ago. However, it is in a completely new location, taking up the former spaces of Tuesday Morning and Famous Footwear …

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The History of Houston’s Bakery Thrift Stores

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re diving into a topic at least some of you will remember: Sunbeam/Flowers Bakery Thrift/Outlets. Growing up in Houston, visiting the Bakery Thrift store was always a treat. It was a chance to get your hands on goodies and junk food at such a discounted price that there was no way mom or dad would turn you down! The Bakery Thrift Store, or Bakery Outlet, as they …

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Retail News: Multiple Hooters locations around Houston area suddenly close

The number of Hooters “breastaurants” suddenly deflated over the weekend as many locations across the United States closed without warning. The chain has been struggling with sluggish sales recently and targeted underperforming restaurants nationwide to shut down. Texas has the lion’s share of closing restaurants, with over a third of the 44 locations on the chopping block being in the state. Closed restaurants include 2519 Southwest Freeway near Kirby, one of the oldest continually operating …

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This Universe used to be Incredible

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail! Today, we’re using a unique opportunity to take a look at some reused retail. We’ll be checking in on the former Incredible Universe store, now HCC’s West Loop Campus. Before we go inside, I will warn you that nothing from the old store has remained beyond the reused entrance. For anyone outside of Houston, HCC is Houston Community College, and this building is not generally accessible …

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Photo of the new Griggs location courtesy of GFS.

Retail News: Gordon Restaurant Market opens in old Weingarten’s on Griggs

Yesterday, Houston’s newest Gordon Restaurant Market (the new moniker for GFS) opened its newest location at 4519 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX 77021. This location brings groceries back to the corner of Cullen and Weingarten for the first time since the 90s. This building was originally a Weingarten’s and later a Rice location. The building was partially renovated in preparation for a 99 Cents Only location, which never materialized. Gordon sells a mixture of consumer and …

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The interesting Food Town in the boring Brookshire Bros Building

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re taking a look at a unique store. This Food Town at 23221 Aldine Westfield Rd, Spring, TX 77373, might have a relatively unremarkable look, but this building has held some very interesting stores over the years. To start off with some background, retail in this area of Spring was somewhat slow to develop compared to the rest of the area. Smaller strip centers popped up along …

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Retail News: Homesense TJX’s newest concept celebrates a month in Katy

Homesense is the newest TJX concept to debut in Houston and has been open for about a month now at the intersection of S. Fry and the Grand Parkway. The chain, which was initially founded in 2001, started as the Canadian counterpart to Home Goods. The brand was expanded to Europe to follow T.J. Maxx’s operations there in the 2000s, and in 2017 was brought to the United States. The stores sell off-price furniture, fixtures, …

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