As of 2020 Sears has nearly left the Houston area. They have shutdown all but the Pasadena store, sold their outlet chain, and shutdown all area Hometown stores. It’s really a shame for a chain that once had a major influence over the Greater Houston area. Their presence in this town was built as the city grew starting downtown and expanding to the suburbs as our sprawl progressed. In 1978 Sears announced plans for three new stores along with two new malls to be built by the company’s Homart division. At FM 149 (Now TX-249) and FM 1960 would be Willowbrook Mall to the South I-10 and Mason was to be the site of Meadowbrook Mall. The plans also called for a Sears at 59 and FM 1960 but a mall was not announced.
While I was a little disappointed by the amount of the Sears that was reused, with no dressing rooms or original fixtures present I did enjoy getting a chance to check out the Willowbrook Sears at least one last time. On the way out of the mall, I noticed something was up with the Old Navy. I had seen the false front on the way in, but had figured it was a COVID related closure. Especially with the large red “We’re Open!” signs.
God, it hurts my heart seeing Sears Willowbrook shut down. I can remember going there at least once a week in my childhood (late 80s-mid 90s) and hanging out in the lawn & garden department.
as of i dont know spirit halloween has left this area
the sears sits abandoned, with a few lights on
i can confirm however that Old Navy is still open
Spirit is only seasonal, I visited last week and they were putting the “Coming Soon” banners back up, so they’ll be back this year. Actually keep an eye out on the blog, because Willowbrooks 40th Anniversary is coming up, and we might just be able to throw something together.
Sears Willowbrook, at one time was a test-store for the company. Throughout the years, it had specialized stores within this store like a beauty salon, Personal Computer department, Allstate Home & Auto Insurance, Dean Witter Reynolds Investments, Coldwell-Banker real estate, Prorate Studio, TV & Lawnmower Service Shop, and Auto Service Center. Candy & Coffee shop and a Health food department
Wow no kidding, I had no clue this location had such an interesting past. Did you have a connection with the store?
The non payment of rent is really common right now. My company has had at least two stores briefly locked out.
Shame now the Pasadena Sears is set to close next.