Retail News: Work underway on transforming 3 former JCI locations to Cabo Bob’s

The former JCI at 1960 and Cutten Road is a bit further along than the Meadows Place location, but Mason will likely open first.

Cabo Bob’s the Austin-based California-styled burrito restaurant, opened its first Houston location quietly towards the end of 2019 at Fountain View and San Felipe. The chain’s expansion, however, comes with much more fanfare. Cabo Bob’s first announced these new stores back in April, only a couple of weeks after James Coney Island shuttered the Meadows location with the other two closing about a month prior. While I think JCI will be around for a bit longer, this sale shows that Houston’s oldest fast-food chain stands to lose more ground if the price is right.

According to Community Impact’s report on the new stores, Houston’s locations are franchised by Bob Hauser a co-founder of Qdoba Mexican Grill. Hauser’s experience with a multistate chain should prove helpful in our diverse market. Qdoba was on briefly in the Houston market, from 2012 to 2013 with a location in the Clear Lake area. It should be noted that by their entry into Houston Mr. Hauser had not been working with Qdoba for many years.