For the past 7 years, a prime piece of real estate just west of the Galleria. The former HEB at Westheimer and Fountain View shut their doors in early 2015, after a replacement location opened on San Felipe. As a grocery store, this location was notable as it was Houston’s first full-line HEB location, replacing the Pantry Foods concept. After shutting its doors 7 years ago, the space has temporarily reopened for pop-ups like Spirit Halloween. The first permanent tenant to secure the space is furniture retailer Living Spaces. The new furniture retailer had its start in California in 2008 but was the brainchild of Grover Geiselman a native Houstonian. Geiselman who had moved to the West Coast missed the ease of buying furniture at an all-in-one store like GF. With the blessings of Mattress Mack, Geiselman studied the operations of Gallery Furniture and reimplemented them on a smaller scale. Starting out of an old Costco in California the concept of one large store holding the showroom and warehouse of assembled furniture was a hit. Geiselman quickly grew his single store into one of the larger furniture chains in the Southwest.
This location is not Living Spaces’ first store in Texas, having arrived with a newly built Austin area location in 2018. With steady expansion, the chain reached San Antonio, Austin, and DFW by 2020. Although Houston is a more recent entry, Living Spaces and Gallery Furniture did not overlap operations until about a month ago. This changed with the opening of a combination Distribution Center, and Store in the Humble area in late May. Living Spaces has tended to build its own facilities in Texas but has taken to expanding through existing properties in Houston. At the moment, we have three locations planned around the area and only one will be a newly built store. The former HEB location will adapt the existing building to fit the new store’s needs. While exact information has not been divulged as to what will happen with the building permits have been filed to both demolished the pharmacy drive-thru, and at least a slight expansion of the building through an addition.