A look into Houston's retail past

Goodbye Fry’s!

Think back to your formative years on computers. If you’re anywhere close in age to me, then these years span a wide timeline of operating systems from early memories of basic commands in Windows 3.1, ending during the time of Windows XP. I have lots of early computing memories which beyond screeching dial up noises involves going to stores like CompUSA, Best Buy, Microcenter, and on one occasion a trip to Incredible Universe. Unfortunately, these stores only served as walled gardens for me. While they provided lots of interesting things to look my reliance on my parents for money, as they didn’t believe in an allowance, along with their reluctance to buy unnecessary but “cool” items such as a graphics cards and more RAM meant we usually didn’t leave with much. By the time I was able enough to keep control of my own money Fry’s was the new game in town, and often the cheapest by far. The PC components were not the only attraction Fry’s also carried a really cool selection of items, including brand-new tech along with individual parts and tiny components including many that you would only otherwise find at a store like Radio Shack. Outside of the obvious Electronics and Appliances, the store also carried oddities like a copious amount of snack foods, and soda, a seemingly endless number of magazines, tons of “As Seen on TV” products, closeout deals on things like cheapo record players, and best of all it was cheap! The snack foods, and bulk discounting are likely related to the Fry family’s start in retail with the Fry’s Markets grocery chain.

The family’s history in grocery retailing meant Fry’s knew how to set up deals. Especially around the holidays, when the store was set up in a demo heavy Incredible Universe style. The stores undoubtedly resembled their former competitor. It was (excuse the pun) “Incredible” that Fry’s could pull off three stores throughout the Houston area whereas Tandy failed with one. While I can’t find anything confirming it outright gossip from the time makes it seem that the Houston Incredible Universe location was a possible contender for Fry’s to purchase when they bought multiple other IU locations, but they ultimately backed away from the deal. Rather than focus on one central store, Fry’s decided to build multiple in the suburbs. The first location to open was the oil themed, I-45 and West Road location. Opening in 2000, it took the place of a former Builder’s Square home improvement store with what had been the garden space being enclosed by Fry’s. The exterior was renovated adding fake oil derricks added to each side. The next location would be the Space Station themed Webster which opened in 2004 and was located very near to NASA Mission Control. This location featured a faux Space Station inside. The final location would be Stafford which would open in 2006 in a very plain and bland building. The theme was “history of Houston” and the store featured large print-outs of photos sourced from the early 20th century showing typical scenes of Houston.

In 2019, I started to hear rumors that Fry’s was on the brink of shutting down. By this point in my life I hadn’t been to a Fry’s for few years, having moved on to Micro Center. The rumors ranged from people saying that Fry’s was about to lay off all their staff and liquidate, to the slow Sears style burnout that we ended up seeing. Thankfully I was able to document this downfall through three visits within over the course of three years. Fry’s is a private company and we likely won’t see much explanation behind their downfall for years to come. It’s a sad situation to have a store with such fond memories attached just slip away without much notice. However, given their stocking situation I had no business at these stores outside of taking photos.

Stafford Fry’s September 2019

Webster Fry’s February 2020

Houston Fry’s January 2021

This Week in Demolition: Things start to get back to normal with a 30s bungalow in Upper Kirby

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This week in demolition things start to get back to normal. I hope you’re seeing a return to normalcy for you and yours as we transition back into everyday life. Our demolition report for the week also sees a return to normalcy. Featuring a few houses in Garden Oaks, tons of older houses that were in such rough shape they were never listed, a set of duplexes in Montrose, and a 1930s Bungalow. Getting down to brass tacks we really only have two houses worth focusing on this week. First off is 5827 Kuldell which is a really nicely updated 50s ranch style. While Houston has no shortage of 50s ranch style homes, these nicer kept examples are harder to find. It also looks like the house had a few upgrades from the start like the patio, and some added later like the built-in bookshelves.

Getting to the main attraction we find ourselves at 2132 Colquitt which is part of the Westlawn Terrace neighborhood in Upper Kirby. Think behind the Little Pappasitos, so Upper Kirby is no exaggeration. The original house is quite attractive, with wonderful brickwork, including original arches, along with some tasteful updates like smaller framed windows, and a tasteful new door. The modest updates continue inside in the first few rooms, but the further back you go the more you start to realize this house has been plagued with a poorly done 90s update. I’ll let the readers decide what the most telling features are, but my votes are cast for the “masterbathroom, the upper level of the bungalow being called a finished attic, or the deck built around an old growth tree that probably killed it. Maybe you think it’s the huge unfinished exterior wall, the weird open concept garage apartment, and pool that didn’t ever pan out? Before we go any further, let me say that I’m not ripping into these people for their house. When the upgrades were done in all these decisions made sense for whatever this homeowner had in mind, my point is that not every 1930s Bungalow is still a gem. While it is worth trying to save and appreciate our older houses in Houston, maybe it’s for the best this one is being demolished.

These envelopes have been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today… Kim Kardashian, Joan Rivers, and This House… Name three things with more updates than your iPhone! Photo Source: HAR.com

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

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Geoffery’s Bargain Box of Toys: The Toys “R” Us Concept you probably never saw

On the heels of Toys “R” Us second departure from the Houston area (which I unfortunately have no photos of). I wanted to take a look at a store that TRU opened in Houston only months before their bankruptcy. You might be thinking, oh I already know all about Geoffrey’s Toy Box, however that was deployed post bankruptcy! You might even think, oh well duh everyone knows about the rural, child-sized Wal-Mart stores simply named Geoffrey (You should really check out those photos). Don’t be fooled though, the investment firm who ended up with TRU found one last way to wring of the neck of a beloved mascot with Geoffrey’s Bargain Box of Toys. This was a last-ditch effort by Toys “R” Us to raise funds prior to their bankruptcy. The concept was intended to serve as an outlet for “discount” merchandise which included a selection very similar to Toys “R” Us. The differences however were many, for one the stores used temporary racks and shelving, similar to what you would find in a Halloween Costume Conversion. Other costing saving measures included keeping the store minimally staffed, un-staged, not using displays, and limited signage. To save on costs TRU opened Geoffrey’s locations in existing stores, and only used a limited amount of space. Around 10,00 square feet or about the size of a small Dollar Store.

It seems that one of the first stores to open was a pilot location in Virginia, although I’m unable to find an address. Another location which you can see a video of was a reused Bed Bath and Beyond in Philadelphia Mills Mall which was open by Fall of 2017. A few other stores were underperforming locations that TRU had closed but not been able to sublet. Including a location in California, and one in New Jersey that would never end up opening. One other former TRU was converted to a Geoffrey’s Bargain Bin, however this was not done due to the lagging sales at the store. Rather, the Toys “R” Us location in Humble closed due to the flooding of the San Jacinto River during Hurricane Harvey on September 2nd, 2017. As you can see in this video the store had to be gutted and stripped down to the bare walls. After being forced to demolish the store, a race was on to get it back open before the Christmas shopping season. This location was prominent sitting right across the highway from Deerbrook Mall and had always been a popular stop for shoppers. It was one of the few full size toy stores in the area. The Geoffrey’s concept fit in perfectly and the new store opened in November just before the Black Friday shopping rush.

The store proved to be a hit with shoppers even after the Christmas season as seen in this review. Although the management stated the store intended to re-open the store later in 2018 as a mainline Toys “R” Us, this would never occur. Unlike the other Geoffrey’s locations which made it through various stages of bankruptcy, the Humble location closed sometime in January 2018. There was some intent to reopen the store as the vestibule and foundation underwent some renovations. It seems that the contractors stopped getting paid around the same time as the vendors and left the store in a torn apart state and stripped of anything valuable like lighting. In 2018 the city of Humble took possession of the property. Other than performing some basic maintenance like filling in open trenches and removing hanging insulation left by contractors the building has remained untouched since 2018. While the brand ultimately failed as a whole, this concept was definitely in the right place at the right time. Enjoy some photos of my shopping trip to the Humble, TX Geoffrey’s location!


When Kid’s Meals came with records

Good morning! This week in demolition, we don’t really have any demolitions. With Winter Store Uri, City of Houston permitting offices were closed most of the week so only 2 new permits were issued. Both small houses with nothing very significant about them. However just because we don’t have a demolition post doesn’t mean we can’t have Monday content! So today I want to show you one of the cooler items in my collection of the “Houston Retail Museum”. This is one of my original Jack in the Box comic and flexi-disc stories. The stories, songs, and voice acting were all written and performed mostly by Paul Winchell, who was already famous for providing the voices to multiple animals in Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh, including both Tigger and Winnie himself. These were given out during the early 1970s, and there were three total stories. First was “Why a House Makes Noise?” second was “Where Oil Comes From!” Finally, we have “How Pain Helps Us”.

The disc was a flexi-disc which was a thin plastic disc that could be played on a standard record player with the help of a coin to prevent it from slipping. The record not only included Paul Winchell reading and singing, but sound effects, and full musical backing. Why describe it though when you can listen!

A scan of the back cover, the page images are embedded with the video.

Well, what did you think? It was no demolition post, and if you’ve read this far let me know you still want the demo posts because I’m starting to feel they don’t fit well with the otherwise retail theme. (I ain’t no Swamplot.) Anyways, this was quite the production, and not something you’d expect to see in a modern-day kids meal. I’m not from the era this represents. I’m much more familiar with the idea of paying for a cassette and small story book in addition to a kid’s meal. So while it may not blown Marvel and D.C. away this comic wasn’t a bad deal for the value. Don’t forget to complete your Metric lesson before leaving!

Boy I’m sure glad we didn’t get suckered into this Metric nonsense!


Retail News: Raceway speeds out and 7-11 Zooms In, Luby’s puts locations up for sale, & Randalls leaves Bellaire

Happy chilly Friday to you loyal readers! I hope you are all doing well and managing to stay warm, as power comes back on around the state. This post is coming a bit late due to technical difficulties between myself and the power grid, but I don’t need to tell you about that. So far in February we’ve had a decent amount of retail proceedings develop. First off what seems to have been a quiet deal between RaceTrac and Realty Income Corp. has left us with no more Raceway gas stations but has netted us some new 7-Eleven locations. Which is great new if you’ve been following the ever developing drama of their return to Houston! Next, the dissolution of Luby’s starts to get real as multiple locations are put on the real estate market. Finally, Randall’s leaves a Bellaire grocery store with more than 60 years of history with Weingartens planning on going vertical.

Raceway Speeds Out, 7-Eleven Zooms In

RaceTrac opened their first stores in Houston in the mid 90s. At the time the chain was known for low priced non-branded gasoline, which was not widely available in the Houston market outside of independent stations. They also brought along streamed line stores that all had similar offerings no matter what part of the city you were in. With selection in local stores varying based on how big or tiny they were. The locations they chose were mostly along highways in the suburbs, areas of proven growth, and were initially popular. RaceTrac even had a plan to deal with less popular locations by selling them off to independent operators who would franchise them under the “Raceway” brand. Many locations turned to Raceways over the years and some were sold to other brands. RaceTrac continued to build out stores in Houston into the 2010s however, within the last 10 years they have lost some prominence in a now overly saturated market. The streamlined stores, and unbranded gas that made the chain so desirable is now quite common in the Houston area. Throughout 2020 RaceTrac sold their existing properties to Realty Income Corporation, who lease thousands of different parcels to different chains all across the U.S.

Luby’s puts locations up for sale

This location at 2730 Fondren closed sometime in 2018 and sat vacant with signs still up until a liquidation sale took place in June of 2020. More photos inbound from that eventually.

Earlier this month Houston based Luby’s revealed their planned timeline to dissolve their company by the end of August. This came as little surprise as Luby’s and Fuddruckers had barely been limping along before the pandemic started. U As of February 13th multiple former and operating Luby’s and Fuddruckers locations were put up for sale. As reported by Houston Business Journal there are 13 locations for sale around the Houston area, along with one in Lake Jackson and Port Arthur each. Some of the locations are still operating but will be closed by the time they’re sold. The Houston area locations are as follows.

1201 W Baker Rd, Baytown, TX 77521 – Luby’s
4709 Center St Deer Park, TX 77536 – Luby’s
1600 NASA Road 1 Houston, TX 77058 – Luby’s
4525 North Freeway , Houston, TX 77022 Undeveloped Lot
2730 Fondren Rd Houston, TX 77063 – Luby’s
6704 Hwy 6 S Houston, TX 77083 – Luby’s
11950 Kurland Dr Houston, TX 77034 – Fuddruckers
7511 FM 1960 W Houston, TX 77070 – Fuddruckers
24033 Cinco Ranch Blvd Katy, TX 77494 – Luby’s and Fuddruckers
25407 Bell Patna Dr Katy, TX 77492 – Fuddruckers
125 West Way Lake Jackson, TX 77566 – Luby’s
8680 Memorial Blvd Port Arthur, TX 77642 – Luby’s
2290 Buckthorne Place The Woodlands, TX 77380 – Fuddruckers

Randall’s leaves a Bellaire location with 62 years of history

5130 Bellaire opened their doors as a Weingartens grocery location in 1959 in an odd location within the Bellaire Triangle. From 1959-1984 the store became a hub of activity and by far one of the nicest grocery stores in the area. In 1984 Weingratens left the grocery business and sold their remaining stores to Safeway. As part of the AppleTree fiasco the store served under that banner from 1989-1994 when it was acquired by Randall’s. Of course, when Safeway acquired Randall’s in 1999 they were once again leasing the building from Weingartens! This little store also has a special place in my heart as it is one of the Randall’s locations that I worked at during high school. It was only a few times filling in for shifts from my home store, but this location played great music on the radio, and had a fun little shared kitchen between the deli and bakery, plus lots of other interesting Weingarten and Safeway decor remnants. The location was given an Albertsons remodel when HEB opened their new location across the street but has not been able to keep up. While development plans have not been announced, Weingarten did mention they intended to transform this space into a multi-story mixed used development. HAIF Thread

This Week in Demolition: Flames lit under Candelari’s 1940s house

This week in demolition, things slow down a bit. Some interesting houses include 2532 Reba which is objectively the best-looking house of the week. The location in Avalon Place really ties the place together, although the house is a bit small by modern standards (those fish-eye lenses aren’t fooling anyone!). Next on the list is 12507 Woodthorpe which is a relatively unremarkable 60s Ranch with a primo location in the middle of Memorial Meadows. Finally, an honorable mention goes out to 2824 Isabella which looks like somebodies first attempt at building a house in The Sims.

The title story of the week is the demolition permit issued for the former Candelari’s Pizzeria on Washington Ave. The building itself has an interesting start as a single-family home in the 1940s. It seems to have entered into commercial use by the 1960s. With its use mostly bouncing around to different restaurants including Van’s Cafe, Lolita’s Mexican Restaurant, and of course Candelari’s Pizzeria. The property is owned by neighboring 6010 Washington (The two-story shopping center next door where Spec’s was). I have not been able to find what replacement plans are underway for the lot, but it will likely be designed to align with the existing shopping center.

Canderlari’s closed this location in 2019 and the building has sat vacant ever since.

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

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When Fiesta failed to “Re-brand” Bravo Ranch

Fiesta Mart is one of the larger grocers in Houston with over 30 stores throughout the metropolitan area. They have been able to capture a niche market generally undeserved by more traditional retailers, specifically customers with foreign roots. This is far from accidental as the idea for Fiesta came from a Houston man who had experience managing grocery stores in South America. As the company grew and expanded the product mix shifted to cover multiple international communities who had a large presence in Houston. Some of Fiesta’s larger stores offer a shopping experience somewhat on par with a Kroger Marketplace (combining full line grocery with clothing and small appliances). Most stores also feature vendor and merchant space which can make the store a one stop shop. For many years Fiesta was a family owned concern and they seemed to give little thought to expanding their empire. After multiple changes in ownership it seems that in 2016 the new owners, a chain based out of Mexico, put expansion high on the priority list. One of the first expansions was the acquisition of multiple former Minyard’s locations in the Dallas area, which would take on the Fiesta Market name and a brand new design scheme, a first for Fiesta in many years.

The design for these new stores would be officially rolled out at the 808 S. Wayside location later in 2016. The Wayside store was supposed to set the model for not just the new Fiesta stores but also begin a remodeling program for existing stores. On the day the remodeled Wayside location opened Fiesta announced they had purchased three former grocery stores in the Houston area. These three stores had spent the majority of their lives as Kroger locations but had most recently been under the ownership of “Bravo Ranch” a small chain which was based out of Irving. The owner of Bravo Ranch had previously operated a small chain named “Mi Rancho” in Houston which he sold to La Michoacana. As per the sale there was a non-compete clause that prevented the owner from re-entering the Houston market. Upon doing such with Bravo Ranch, he was sued by La Michoacana. Despite the lawsuit Bravo Ranch would continue to expand and at their extent were operating one location in Houston, one in Irving, one in Oklahoma City, one in Pasadena and were preparing to open locations in Rosenberg and Channelview. It seems that at some point during the lawsuit the Pasadena and Rosenberg locations were either sold or spun off to another company simply named “El Mercado”. The new company would quickly reopen the Pasadena Bravo Ranch under their name, and continued renovating the Rosenberg store. However, the Channelview location continued to sit vacant as the lawsuit drained financial resources. It was at this point that Fiesta would step in to buy the two unfinished locations and the operating Bravo Ranch. As of 2021 only one of the three acquired stores is still operating.

S. Richey Store

Let’s start off with a look at the one location that did manage to stay in business. The Pasadena store located at 2877 S. Richey originally started out as a Kroger opening around 1981. The store was closed in 2011. It would reopen the next year as the first Houston location of Bravo Ranch Supermercado. The building was highly renovated from the outdated Kroger interior to a very modern Hispanic style store. When Fiesta took over the Bravo Ranch stores the plan was to apply the new Fiesta Market branding. As this store was already an operating supermarket very little was done in terms of renovation. Outside of some signage updates and brighter interior colors painted onto accent walls, most of the interior details remained the same. It seems that the store was only closed for a few days to complete the changeover.

Channelview Store

The Channelview store also started out as a Kroger which opened in approximately 1980. Kroger would operate this location until 2014. Along with the Pasadena store it seems that these buildings just aged out for Kroger. Oddly neither the Channelview nor Pasadena stores were replaced by Kroger. So, it’s likely that shifting demographics in the areas influenced the decision to close these stores. Fiesta began renovations of the building in 2017 with a coming soon sign and new Fiesta Market logo being installed in early 2017. This location was intended to replace 12201 East Freeway which closed in late 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. It’s very likely that Harvey is what stopped renovation of this store. It seems that Fiesta may have had some requirement to renovate the center as after the Hurricane they filled in the plaster and repainted all buildings. As of 2021 the building remains vacant, sign removed and once again for lease.

Rosenberg Store

This building started life as a Randall’s in 1987 opening as part of a state-of-the-art shopping center. This Randall’s shopping center would become the one of the bigger hubs of activity in town. Part of the allure must have been that it was the closest shopping plaza to Richmond. Despite the popularity of this new shopping center Randall’s was a bit above the price range of those in the area. Many customers drove into Richmond from New Territory and Pecan Grove to shop here, and as such Randall’s would close their Richmond location in the late 90s replacing it with a brand-new store in New Territory, and an Albertson’s replacement in Pecan Grove. The property was quickly purchased by Kroger who had operated for many years out of Lamar Plaza. Moving into the used Randall’s was quite the step up compared to the old store. Kroger would remain here until 2010 when the new Kroger Marketplace store opened in Brazos Town Center. From 2010-2015 the building sat vacant. With the movie theater, Luby’s, and many smaller businesses all shutting down. In 2016 a new chain named “El Mercado” began renovations on the Rosenberg store and one other former Kroger. Occasional work continued the site until around 2018, and the property has remained untouched for the past 2 years.

This Week in Demolition: We lose a 1936 C.C. Rouse Colonial on Rice Blvd

This week in Demolition, we’ve got a lot to get into! Let’s start off with our headline. If you’re not in the know, C.C. Rouse was consistently considered one of Houston’s top builders in the early 20th century. Designing and constructing some of the most prominent homes in the city, and many in the River Oaks area, C.C. Rouse was known for building lavish homes, with ornate details.* Sadly, many of the original Rouse homes have been torn down, and even more have been remodeled. Today we lose another one with the demolition of 2224 Rice Blvd. sitting directly across the street from the Rice University Campus this house has lots of information online about it. It started off as a model home in 1938. The house was built with 5 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, central heating, attic venting, a 3-car garage, and servants’ quarters. It would sell a year later for $23,000 to Mr. the manager of a local furniture company. More recently the house has been tastefully updated on the interior but still retains its original colonial exterior.

If you’ve ever driven down Rice Boulevard, you’ve looked at this home. Photo Source: HAR.com

Some other demolitions of note this week include 2024 Dryden a cottage in Southgate with a modernized but mostly original interior, and 2107 Bartlett another cottage, which has had much more modernization, but still feels very cozy. In commercial demolition we only see one structure this week, 1800 Texas Avenue. A small restaurant complex that was most recently home to a grill, and bar next door. This property is the one you can see from 59 South passing Minute Maid with the huge Dr. Pepper ads painted on the walls. This complex also contains a historic house, and the locomotive that used to sit in Hermann Park. This land was slated to become the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, but these plans were scrapped for unspecified reasons in 2015. Interestingly the demolition permits filed listed the Nau Center as occupant of the property. This of course leads to the question, could the Nau Center be making a comeback? In my opinion, probably not. No announcements have been made online, all the donor’s money was refunded, and in 2019 the city sold this property to Jim Crane owner of the Astros. So, I’d chalk this up to a clerical error before an underground philanthropic move.

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

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Que mas is CVS y más? | What more is CVS y mas?

If you’re at all like me then you’re a person who pays attention to the city’s “signscape”. A littered mess of stylish corporate identities mixed side by side with generic bold letter text. Many signs around Houston are in foreign languages, you can easily find them in Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and most often Spanish. An interesting addition to our signscape is CVS y más. Literally it means CVS and more, and the differences aren’t just sign deep. The stores are designed to cater to Hispanic clientele offering an extended product selection, advertising and signage in Spanish, and bilingual staff. The idea originated in 2015 in the Miami market featuring a purpose-built location. The store in Miami was catered towards the large Cuban population. In addition to featuring bilingual staff, and an expanded selection of Cuban and Hispanic products Miami’s CVS y más also serves Cafecito (Cuban afternoon coffee). The concept was deemed a success and was expanded to other cities like Los Angeles, finally reaching Houston in 2018.

Today we’re visiting the CVS y más at 10222 East Freeway in Jacinto City. It opened in October 2018 along with the other Houston stores. Unlike the Miami stores the Houston stores were not targeted to any specific group outside of Hispanic clientele. As well the Houston stores were all converted from existing mainline CVS locations and did not feature much in the way of decor changes or extras. In terms of feeling, the store is only somewhat different from a standard CVS. While there are extra products, bilingual signage, and updated decor it’s still a CVS at its core. If you’ve been to a CVS in Houston you’ve probably a store pretty much like this, as they do a decent job at targeting their product selection. Everything you’d expect in a CVS in there, and the prices are just as marked up as you’d expect. So what more is a CVS and more? Nada mucho.

As of 2020 there are 7 CVS y más location throughout the Houston area according to https://www.cvs.com/content/ymas.

This Week in Demolition: An updated 40s bungalow in Garden Oaks to the chopping block!

One thing I have learned from doing demolition reports, is that some weeks it can be hard to find a demo worth writing anything about. This Week in Demolition, we’re spoiled for choice. Some houses of note this week include second place 12122 Mossycup a 1950s Tudor in Memorial Forest, 2426 Goldsmith a thoroughly ugly but minimally renovated 1940s house South of Rice, and 813 1/2 Columbia a 1920s Garage apartment in the Heights. The Heights property is likely the first structure to exist on that property and is a sad loss from a historical point.

Of course, the biggest tragedy ends up being our cover story 927 W 41st a charming updated 40s bungalow in Garden Oaks. The house features period correct archways along with a well designed kitchen not to mention the huge backyard and detached garage. It’s a shame to see this go as the house is in a great location, has been modernized, but still manages to maintain its original look. Like many other lots in the Garden Oaks area it’s highly likely that we’ll see multiple townhomes and an access street popup in this area. While there is an argument to be made for efficient use of existing space versus over expansion, the area does loss some of its charm with the demolition of a house like this.

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Like many other large lots in the area this house will likely be replaced by multiple town homes. Photo Source: HAR.com

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

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