Howdy Folks! Hope everyone is doing well today, today let’s start off with a small vocabulary lesson. The following word was coined in conversation with a friend on mine.
Krogerstons- (Noun) A Kroger store operating out of a former Albertsons; Esp. Those in the Houston Division. “Hey man, I saw Ray Childress down at the Krogerstons on Louetta, screaming something about cash for clunkers, and waving around a muffler”.
Krogerstons make up a large number of Kroger stores throughout the Houston area. Although they are far outnumbered by Kroger built stores, and have a shrinking count every day, Krogerstons are just another part of the Houston’s “suburban furniture”. For those of you unaware on the topic, Albertsons had a relatively brief stay in Houston. While far from being the shortest lived grocery chain in Houston, they only managed to last 7 years, from 1995-2005. Similar to Safeway, the chain’s exit wasn’t directly related to poor performance in the district, but larger financial troubles. At the time of exit, Albertsons had 43 stores in the Houston area, and Kroger acquired the majority of these stores in a direct hand off. The stores they bought were quickly given Kroger banners, and permeant signs shortly thereafter. Many other unique Albertsons features were left intact, such as Garden Centers, that would later be abandoned by Kroger. Other obvious features left by Albertsons included entire decor packages that lasted to around 2010 in some stores. While, these more distinct characteristics have all been removed, lets take a look at what exactly makes a “Krogerstons”