Category: Random Retail

Anything related to retail that doesn’t fit anywhere else.

EPO a true Houston Hidden Gem

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Hisotric Retail! Today, we’re celebrating a business that is beloved by many in the tech community, Electronic Parts Outlet, aka EPO. Now, many loyal readers will likely ask the question, who in the world doesn’t know about EPO? Well, lots of people. If you were an electronics junkie in Houston during the 90s and early 2000s, you likely read about EPO online. Although in the days of social …

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The former Timewise now Honey Farms on Wayside at 45. The update included new signage, and new paint. The orange stripe from the On The Run days is now dark blue, and the tan building white. Photo submitted by an Anonymous HHR Commenter

Retail News: Franchised Timewise stores begin Honey Farms transition

Crews have been working for the past week to complete the transition of about 20 franchised Timewise stores into Honey Farms. These changes are the result of Timewise selling off 64 locations after the C-Store business was purchased by Shell nearly two years ago. The company converted every location they could to Shell but had multiple sites where they could not change the fuel brand from Exxon. The decision to jettison these stores landed them …

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A Computer City brand floppy diskette on the left and a CompUSA floppy drive driver disc on the right (From Anonymous in Houston's computer collection)

Vintage Ads: Two Metroplex Retailers, CompUSA and Computer City, Were Briefly the Most Exciting Computer Stores in Houston During the 1990s

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a guest submission from HHR’s good friend Anonymous in Houston Vintage Ads posts here at HHR are a way to visually look at retail history during a brief period of time. In my last Vintage Ads post last summer, I discussed the introduction of audio Compact Discs and CD players to Houston’s retail scene in 1983. Today’s Vintage Ads post will also be about electronics retailing, but the focus of …

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No, Houston does not have the second highest grocery prices in the US

Howdy, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re taking on new territory, responding to the factitious claim spreading like wildfire that Houston has the second highest grocery prices in the U.S., only behind Miami. Not to sound self-serving, but this is HHR’s domain, and to hear that Houstonians are supposedly paying the same prices as Publix shoppers is obviously untrue. While many sources have reported this data, I first read it in a article. …

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Visiting the first new thrift store on Westheimer, Texas Thrift

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re heading back to a thrift store, a place we haven’t been in quite a while! I’m a lifelong thrifter and come from a long line of thrift store shoppers. My grandparents were the most smitten with thrift shops. My grandparents, who were born just before the Depression, would often make a weekend out of hitting up Salvation Army and Goodwill, in addition to many independent and …

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Thanks to HHR Contributor billytheskink who took this photo. According to his report there are still a couple of racks of merchandise left in the back of the store.

Retail News: Forever 21 closing for Uniqlo’s first Houston location

The Forever 21 in Memorial City Mall is preparing to close for Houston’s first Uniqlo location. The store is a Japanese-owned casual wear outfitter which only offers private-label merchandise. The retailer has been on an aggressive growth path over the past few years and initially filed permits to open a Houston store at the Galleria in Fall 2020. However, these plans obviously fell through, and permits filed recently indicate Uniqlo plans to renovate this soon-to-be …

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Luby’s in Cypress has Closed, but this doesn’t mean much

Howdy, folks, and welcome back to HHR. Today, we’re talking about the state of Luby’s. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Luby’s on the blog. However, anyone following my social media knows I often stop by Luby’s. So buckle up for some pedantry into what’s been happening at Luby’s. Going back a few years, most of Luby’s troubles seem to have started when they began purchasing other chains. The two best-known buyouts were …

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Giving Layne’s Chicken Fingers the benefit of the doubt

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Houston Historic Retail! Today, we’re doing something I generally try to avoid by rehashing an old topic, Layne’s Chicken Fingers, or the A&M Version of Raising Canes. To make it a bit unique, we are visiting the “Layne’s Express” on Ella. To make a long story short, Layne’s was the first “chicken finger restaurant” to open up in Texas. The history of chicken finger chains is pretty deep; it …

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The Barnes & Noble in Town & Country Village

Retail News: Town & Country Village Barnes & Noble to temporarily close for downsizing

The Barnes & Nobles location at 12850 Memorial Dr. Suite 1600, Houston, TX 77024, located in the Town & Country Village Shopping Center, will temporarily close by February 18th to start a remodeling. According to new site plans released for the shopping center, this will shrink the bookstore down by approximately 8,000 Square Feet. The front left corner of the store will be most affected. The Starbucks portion will be split into its own space …

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Houston’s TGI Fridays closings go deeper than the two reported locations

Thank God It’s Friday! Today, we’re covering the recent closings of multiple TGI Friday’s locations in Houston. If you’ve paid attention to any national news lately, then it shouldn’t come as a surprise that TGI Friday’s closed 36 restaurants, two of which were in Houston (shoutout to HHR reader Kirk who was the first person to share a location list with the Houston location in it). These closing lists have been making headlines for years. …

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