Albertsons was founded in Boise, Idaho. The original store was opened in 1939, by Joe Albertson. The location was a huge success and the huge profits that the store took in allowed them to open new locations. The company continued to grow reaching 100 locations in 1964. In 1969 Albertsons started a partnership with Skaggs Drug stores creating the first combination Grocery-Drug stores, now a normal fixture.
Around 2002 Albertsons started to divest unprofitable divisions, and different regional chains due to lacking market share. This would include the Houston Division. In 2014 Albertsons was approached by Safeway regarding a merger, and after FTC approval including closing and selling certain locations from both chains the merger was completed in 2015. The new company is divided into 14 different divisions. This now means that certain locations purchased by Randall’s are once again owned by Albertsons.
Operations in Houston | 1995-2002
Albertsons entered the Houston, Texas market in 1995.1 The chain expanded into the Houston market by opening about 10 locations in 1995. They were able to get a feel for the market and opened a few stores in the coming years. The real expansion occurred in 2000 with around 15 stores opening and even more being opened in 2001.
In March of 2002 Albertsons made an announcement that they had decided to pull out of under performing markets. Contrary to Albertsons current and planned growth this included the Houston area.2 At the time of the announcement the company had 43 stores open. With multiple parcels of land that they were planning to develop. Albertsons managed to claim 8.7% of the Houston grocery market. For comparison at the time Kroger claimed 26 percent, Randall’s claimed 17 percent, HEB claimed 13 percent and Fiesta claimed 10 percent. The chain had previously closed six stores in Houston under the guise of restructuring the chain. At the time of their announcement 10 stores were closed immediately with the remaining 33 vowing to stay open until buyers could be found. At the time of pull-out Kroger agreed to buy 16 stores directly from Albertsons along with two parcels of land they were planning to build on. The list of stores can be found here.
Since Albertson’s exit from the Houston market was so unexpected many new stores and concepts were being developed right up until the point of exit. Because of this many of the Kroger acquired stores have very unusual features. The features include Gas Stations with full Convenience Stores. Also some stores were fitted with Garden Centers. Most Gas Station and convenience stores continue to operate under Kroger. However the Garden Centers were not long lived. Due to the reluctance of getting Kroger to operate a full blown Garden Center an alternative use for the space was established. They decided to use the area as a Dollar Store. You can read more about the concept here.
When moving into an Albertsons that was already operating Kroger did little to change the aesthetics. Going so far as to leave all original signage that did not say “Albertsons” anything that did have to be replaced was even given a special font as to match that already hung signs. You can see one example of the special Kroger logo here.
2 Locations were purchased by HEB during their early 2000s expansion into the Houston area. They both replaced Pantry Foods locations and were purchased after being closed by Albertsons.
|2703||12555 Briar Forest Dr. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2704||7430 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Vacant: 2002-Present|
|2705||7530 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Linens N Things: 20002-2008 DSW: 2008-Present REI: 2002-Present|
|2706||4425 FM 1960 W. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 24 Hour Fitness: 2006-Present|
|2707||15875 FM 529 Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Food Town: 2002-Present|
|2708||10535 Jones Rd Houston, TX 77065||Albertsons: 1995-2000 Moved towards the end of run|
|2721||604 Hwy. 332 Lake Jackson, TX||Albertsons: 198?-2002 Randalls: 2002-2013 Vacant: 2013-Present|
|2723||220 S. Loop 336 W. Conroe, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2726||525 S. Fry Rd. Katy, TX||Albertsons: 1996-2002 Randalls: 2002-Present|
|2727||3517 N Main St. Baytown, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Food Town: 2002-Present|
|2728||14625 Beechnut St. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Vacant: 2002-2005 World Food Imports: 2005-Present|
|2729||10010 Cypresswood Dr. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1997-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2730||19750 N. Fwy. Spring, TX||Albertsons: 1995-2002 Vacant: 2002-2012 Conn's: 2012-Present Sears Outlet: 2013-Present|
|2731||4811 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX||Albertsons: 1996-2002 Vacant: 2002-2004 Velocity Sports Performance: 2004-2010 Star Cinema Grill: 2011-Present|
|2732||16811 El Camino Real Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1996-2002 HEB: 2002-Present|
|2733||7506 FM 1960 Atascocita, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Vacant: 2002-2008 Autzone/Bike Barn: 2008-Present|
|2734||3830 W. Davis Street Conroe, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2735||2250 Buckthorne Pl. Spring, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Randalls: 2002-Present|
|2736||151 N. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2741||10251 Kempwood Dr. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1998-2002 HEB: 2002-Present|
|2742||1630 Spencer Hwy. South Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1997-2002 HEB: 2002-2011 Mi Tienda: 2011-Present|
|2743||20851 FM 1485 New Caney, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Food Fair: 2002-Present|
|2744||250 S. FM 270 League City, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2745||7121 Broadway St. Pearland, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Food Town: 2002-Present|
|2751||1890 FM 359 Richmond, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Randalls: 2002-Present|
|2752||4303 Kingwood Dr. Humble, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Vacant: 2002-2003 HEB: 2003-Present|
|2753||9725 Fondren Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1997-2002 Vacant: 2002-2006 Food Town: 2006-Present|
|2754||8000 Research Forest Dr. The Woodlands, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2755||9525 S. Kirkwood Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1998-2002 Kroger: 2002-2005 Food Town: 2005-Present|
|2757||2770 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1998-2002 Food Town: 2002-Present|
|2760||1500 W. Grand Pkwy. S. Katy, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2761||11701 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1998-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2762||18322 Clay Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1999-2002 Randalls: 2002-Present|
|2763||4710 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX||Albertsons: 1999-2002 Vacant: 2002-2012 DPS Mega Center: 2012-Present|
|2766||9125 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1999-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2768||5620 W. Tidwell Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2003-2011 YES Prep 2012-Present|
|2769||12603 Louetta Rd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 1999-2002 Vacant: 2002-2005 Enchanted Cypress Ballroom: 2005-Present|
|2773||1770 E. T.C. Jester Blvd. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Vacant: 2002-2004 Heights Self Storage: 2004-Present|
|2778||5807 East Sam Houston Pkwy N Houston, TX||Albertsons: 2002-2002 Subdivided Big Lots/99 Cents Only Store|
|2780||7747 Kirby Dr. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 2001-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2788||11565 Hwy. 6 Sugar Land, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2790||12400 FM 1960 W. Houston, TX||Albertsons: 2000-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|
|2794||8745 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX||Albertsons: 2001-2002 Kroger: 2002-Present|