Month: February 2022

Northwest Mall’s days are numbered as final tenant prepares to move out for proposed High-Speed Rail Station

The mall has fallen to vandalism in certain spots.

When Northwest Mall closed its interior in 2017, it was under the auspicious news of a remodel and refresh. Levcor properties, then owner, claimed that the mall would be revamped, and soon reopened, to help compliment the revitalizing Spring Branch area. It all happened so long ago, that it was reported on Swamplot, which is where I first heard about the mall’s impending closure. As this closure was only to be temporary, Levcor allowed tenants with exterior entrances to remain. Thompson’s Antique Center in the old JCPenney, Palais Royal where I took some viral photos, and a few other stragglers …

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Sears Willowbrook, Grand Opening Weekend! The latest on Fast Eddie’s Sears schemes

If the actual Sears Hometown store is in the back of the building, how does one use the mall entrance to get to the store? Well, this is something that has to be seen to believe! Yes, Sears used tarps and old fixtures to create a hallway leading shoppers to the Sears Hometown store without allowing them to wander into the closed parts of the building! The blue light clearly turned on in someone's mind! That's not just smart, that's Kmart...err...Sears smart!

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail! Today we’re going to revisit the Willowbrook Sears location which you might have seen earlier at HHR in this post about the history of Willowbrook Mall or in this post about the Spirit Halloween store that opened in the Willowbrook Sears after it closed in 2020. Je of the Louisiana & Texas Retail Blog also has some photos of this Sears back when it was open in 2017-18. This Sears location was the second Houston-area mainline Sears to partially reopen as a Hometown Store after a similar stunt was pulled in …

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Check out this “Shell” of a Luby’s that still sells fried chicken

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail! Today, we’re taking a look at something unusual! A former Luby’s at 108 W Greens Rd, Houston, TX 77067 that is still selling Fried Chicken, but is also a Shell Station! This isn’t some kind of Krispy Krunchy situation, we’re talking a real Fried Chicken restaurant here. An actual Church’s operates out of the kitchen and to-go portion of this former Luby’s, while the Shell occupies the old serving line, and most of the former dining area. Let’s start off by talking about the history of this spot. Originally a Luby’s-Romana …

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Deauville Mall Spring, One of Houston’s first Dead Malls

These doors immediately past the redone section, provide a final glimpse into the mall

Howdy fans and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail. Today you’re in for a treat, I took my first visit to one of the Deauville Fashion Malls. For those not in the know, the Deauville Fashion Malls were a failed concept by local property developer the Deauville Corporation, an apartment and shopping center builder. Essentially the idea was born out of a desire to get into developing malls, but after a failed attempt at building a competitor to Greenspoint, the idea morphed into a ‘discount mall’. While it wasn’t the worst idea in the world, with prevailing economic issues in …

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Seller Bros C-Stores the only branch left for this Grocery family tree

This store featured a 'Grocery Bag' logo with the Sellers Bros bag mascot above the entrance

Howdy retail fans, and welcome! Today I have to start off with some delayed “breaking news” Longtime Houston grocery chain Sellers Bros. has been sold! Yes, it’s true, in a quiet move sometime towards the end of 2019, the Sellers family sold their grocery operations to Rafael Ortega, owner of La Michoacana Markets. As of yet, no public announcement has been made of the sale, however, Sellers Bros offices have closed, and all paperwork refers to Ortega as the owner, mostly through LLCs, associated with him. There have yet to be any major changes to the stores, although the website …

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Randallsarama still the nicest grocery store in Inwood

The arched entrance Randalls is the version I'm most familiar with, using it at their Rosenberg store.

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail. If you’re one of our more recent fans and have yet to check out a Randallsarama, consider giving my 2021 visit to one a look. I’ll be making some references to it in this post, and it’s also the birth of the HHR Dictionary, with other entries like Krogerstons popping up more recently. Foodarama is no stranger to former Randall’s locations, they seem to flock to them, compared to some other grocers who rarely operate out of them. Many of the former Randall’s that Foodarama has taken over are not bad …

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Wienerschnitzel’s tiny Houston return

Wienerschnitzel did a great job covering up the former Twistee Treat Cone

Howdy folks, and welcome back to HHR aka Houston’s Hotdog Rankings. Today I have to start off with a confession, I like Wienerschnitzel probably more than any other hot dog chain around. I’ve tried a good few of them as well. Including, A&W, Dogs n Suds, Nathans Famous, Skyline Chili, and of course on multiple occasions local chain James Coney Island. Now to add some confusion to the process, if you’d have asked me 10 years ago what my favorite hot dog restaurant was, it would have probably been A&W James Coney Island has never been at the top of …

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Return to Food Town: Revisiting the former Kosher Albertsons in Meyerland

The gray paint is a new feature. This store was originally unpainted red brick, as can be seen in the photos at the bottom of the page.

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR! Today, we’re looking at a Lewis Food Town in a Former Albertsons. Located at 9725 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77096 I’d call it an Alberstown doesn’t really roll off the tongue, sounds more like an actual town to me. In my mind, Food Town is a store without much context or connotation. If you asked me to “picture a generic Food Town”, I’d have a hard time describing one to you. It’s not that I don’t know what their stores look like, I’ve visited a good few many. Rather, it’s that each store …

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