Welcome back to another post loyal reader! Oh man, it’s really been a while since we’ve done a Random Retail post. For anyone new here, Random Retail is essentially me going through my camera roll and posting anything I had a chance to take a photo of but have not had a chance to post. This quite often proves to be a reader favorite since, you never know what you’ll end up with! Well lets go ahead and dive in!
7-Eleven Continues their expansion into Houston this station was independent for many years before converting to a King Mart shortly before flipping to 7-Eleven.
Continuing in the area former Midtown Fiesta continues to sit empty, although renovation is supposedly nearly complete.
This building started out life as a Border’s Book Store. It has more recently been acquired and reopened by Tesla as a showroom.
Randall’s shrinking empire has left fewer and fewer gas locations. This may be one of the last in Houston.
Audio Video Plus continues to sit vacant, and has lost a bunch inside.
Don’t worry, not the vintage E.T. poster that’s been there since the VHS was released!
I posted a version of this quite Artsy shot, this old Albertsons cart was ditched across the street from the former Briar Forest and Dairy Ashford location.
Checkout is a new convenience store brand in the Houston area. I believe they are locally owned. Most of their stores are rather nice and feature taco shops.
This former Walgreens was most recently home to Goodwill in the Arcola area.
Since the start of 2021 Goodwill shutdown the retail operations at the site, however they continue to operate the donation center.
Donations are taken through the drive-thru and it was so busy I couldn’t get a photo.
Hopping a bit further North up Highway 6 here we a former Hollywood Video. It became a Movie Exchange which bit the dust about a year ago. Workers were inspect the roof.
The former Baby’s World next to the video store was meant to become a Souq International Market but these plans were canceled at some point.
Now the contents of the building are up for auction.
Souq currently operates two locations one of which is in Houston, the other is in Georgia.
You can just barely make out some of the shelving and other equipment gathered for the failed store.
These photos were from a scouting mission to a Citgo station.
This specific location was a test store run directly by Citgo which they named “Fueling Good Market”.
I had driven past this quite a few times as it sites prominently on Westheimer but never stopped in.
Unfortunately when I wanted to return the store had been stripped of the Fueling Good branding making these photos useless.
The Fueling Good food selections were above standard for the area, and most C-Stores.
I believe the transition may have occurred right before I visited the store, as I do recall a lack of branding on the employee’s uniform and POS
The store was decently large, and well laid out. Hopefully Citgo doesn’t abandoned this project.
If anyone has more information about this please chime in!
Well folks, it’s been a fun one this week. I hope you enjoyed the excess of photos, stay tuned and I’ll see you all on Sunday for the Demo post!