Good Stuff, Cheap will soon be available in Northwest Houston as Ollie’s Bargain outlet prepares to open their first Houston location sometime this summer. While no official statement has been made by the company, a newly hung banner has confirmed online suspicions that an Ollie’s location will soon fill part of the former Target in the Steeplechase Center at the intersection of Jones Road and F.M. 1960. Anonymous in Houston also found online job postings for the new location. This marks the second permanent tenant for the former Target since the store relocated closer to 290 in the early 2000s. The building was subdivided by Planet Fitness who occupied the far-right portion from 2013 until moving down Jones Road into the Former Sears Hardware in 2019, but has otherwise sat vacant. At this point it appears that Ollie’s will likely take the far left space, which as of 2021 has been walled off from the remaining empty Target space. This plan will give Ollie’s more space, than the Fitness Center but will not take the remainder of the builder either. Ollie’s specializes in selling closeout merchandise, bankruptcy buyouts, and other oddities. The stores resemble Big Lots of years past, with a random mix of items from different retailers, and a good amount of brand name merchandise all for cheap.
While this may be the first time some readers have heard of Ollie’s their entry into Houston is not unexpected. The company began work on a new distribution center in Lancaster, a suburb of Dallas, in 2018. In the meantime, the company began to open stores throughout the North and Central Texas areas. After the 2019 bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us it seemed that Ollie’s was poised to pick up many of their former locations, and while they did snag some in Texas this did not end up playing out as portrayed in the news with Ollie’s only ending up in about 30 TRU locations nationwide by 2020. In April of this year Ollie’s opened their closest location to Houston, only a hop, skip, and a jump, down in Clute. This store takes up about half of a former Kroger Signature store, I would recommend anyone excited for Ollie’s check out this new store!