Faith in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet restored!

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail. Today, we’re visiting the Ollie’s in the former Babie’s ‘R Us at across from Baybrook Mall. The last time we saw the inside of this store, it was the short-lived Dick’s Warehouse Sale. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet has since remodeled the building, removing most remaining traces of BRU, except for the flooring. They have also embiggened the floor space, adding room for mattresses and box springs. This location is the second Ollie’s to open in the immediate Houston area, so far, my favorite one. I, unfortunately, have to admit that I was left a little disappointed by the Jones Road Ollie’s. I felt the store was too small and lacked the weird variety you’d typically find at Ollie’s. My prayers seem to have been answered with this mega-sized Friendswood location. Not only do they carry the “staple Ollie selections,” you get the weird stuff too, and yeah, it’s cheap!

At the moment, we have three Ollie’s locations in town, the aforementioned Jones Road, Baybrook of course, and one in Katy, which I have yet to visit. If you’re near an Ollie’s, even the Jones Road one, I’d recommend stopping in to check it out. They have some good deals and some weird stuff!


  1. I didn’t realize that the Jones Road Ollie’s is a subpar location for the chain. I was kind of wondering what all the hype was all about. I thought that maybe Ollie’s was having trouble maintaining bargain closeouts as they grew in size. It seems that isn’t entirely true, but perhaps Ollie’s needs some big stores and some smaller stores to keep the aisles full. I am not sure.

    The Black & Decker paint is surely a sign that Ollie’s is keeping up the closeout store tradition of having known brand names on most unexpected items, lol.

    1. Yeah, the Jones Road location, seemed fine at first, but after visiting the Baybrook one, the flaws (mainly lack of size) becomes apparent. That being said, the few times I’ve been back to Jones Road, they are good at rotating out the merchandise. I wonder where you’d even find Black & Decker paint other than Ollie’s, lol.

  2. I absolutely love this store. I’ve been there about three times already since opening. I thank you for getting my interest about it in the first place. Those Yankee candles are a good deal, ($8 for a $30 candle.) and I got a sick Woodstock wall art behind the Bob Marley one.

    1. I’m happy, and somewhat impressed that I influenced someone’s shopping trip! Ollie’s really does have some great deals, but you never know quite what you’re going to find.