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Nutty Monkey Frozen Custard’s Last Stand the KFC co-brand you probably never heard of

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail. Today, we’re looking at Nutty Munkey, a tiny frozen custard chain with a brief stop in Houston. I ran across Nutty Munkey completely by accident, while researching a local Kroger via Google Earth I spotted an “oddly shaped” Shipley’s from the sky and flew in to take a look. When I saw this structure, I thought it had to be some local restaurant. I thought the …

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Retail News: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet eyes Texas expansion by purchasing 11 stores

Closeout retailer Ollies Bargain Outlet plans an expansion in Texas by entering a stalking horse bid for some of 99 Cents Only Stores Texas real estate. The closeout chain entered Texas in 2018 and Houston in 2021. The properties under consideration by Ollie’s include 11 former 99 Cents Only locations across Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and the Valley, expanding Ollie’s footprint quite a bit. The stores include a mixture of both leased and owned operations. …

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Will HHR make it to 20 years? We'll see!

The History of HHR for its 10th Anniversary!

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today is the semi-official 10th anniversary of Houston Historic Retail. I want to take a break from the regular pattern and let you all take a peak behind the curtain of HHR. First, let me explain the discrepancy that makes this semi-official. Houston Historic Retail debuted in 2014 on a free WordPress site that only a handful of people saw. The original content was all migrated here to …

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A Red Lobster in Longview which also closed this week. Photo: Drew Allen

Retail News: Three Houston Red Lobsters on the closure list

Seafood restaurant Red Lobster suddenly closed 99 restaurants this week, including three in the Houston area. The closures were sudden, and no warning was given to employees or customers. However, they were not unexpected. The chain has been considering filing for bankruptcy for months now. Members of the retail and restaurant world point to the idea that this sudden closure, which is being followed by a quick auction, might be a way to generate enough …

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Joe V’s in Katy shows how the concept has grown

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re checking out a new Joe V’s. In fact, it’s the newest store in the chain at the moment. Located at 4107 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77449, this Joe V’s is likely a template for the locations we’ll soon see popping up in DFW. In case you live under a rock, Joe V’s is a banner HEB operates. It focuses on low prices, dropping service departments, …

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Retail News: Goodwill opens new Westchase Store

Houston’s newest Goodwill has finally arrived, as the thrift store holds its official Westchase grand opening this week. The long-awaited store, located at 10770 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042, has been in a soft opening phase since late April but has been planned for quite a while. Goodwill initially had a spot in the neighborhood, further up Westheimer at its intersection with Dairy Ashford. This store closed in early 2020 without explanation, and GFS now …

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The ashes of Dirt Cheap another deep discount disaster

The last couple of years have been difficult for Deep discounters. Some of you may remember the Big Lots culling, which hit Houston late last year. Many of you are likely aware of Dollar Tree/Family Dollar’s plan to close 600 stores by year-end. Of course, the 99 Cents Only Stores chain plans to wrap up business by the end of May, which is now national news. It looks like we’re in a major shift for …

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Walmart to close Health Centers only weeks after opening in Houston

Walmart announced yesterday that it plans to completely shut down its chain of 51 clinics and a virtual care service that debuted only a few weeks ago. Walmart began opening the clinics in 2019, with the first in Georgia and Florida. Texas was seen as a growth market, and April 9th marked the start of four new locations around Houston. The plan was to provide primary care office visits, dental, labs, and x-rays under one …

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The future of Dollar Stores at a former Gerland’s

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re looking at a former Gerlands and touching on the question of the future of dollar stores in Houston, given 99 Cents Only’s pending exit. We will get to that question, but let’s start with some history. The King Dollar at 2555 Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77080, started life in 1969 as the newest branch of Gerland’s Food Fair. While the store is often misidentified as a …

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Retail News: Former 59 Diner spot to be reborn as newest Pinkertons BBQ

Houston staple Pinkerton’s Barbecue announced recently that they’re in the works to bring the former home of 59 Diner back online as their newest location. The building, which is best remembered as either the long-term home of 59 Diner or its predecessor, Phil’s Restaurant, is actually much older than either. The structure was built in 1950 by Guy Francis, a known Houston restauranteur who operated it under various names, including Guy Francis’ Flame House. It …

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