A look into Houston's retail past

Piccadilly Cafeteria

Company History

Piccadilly Cafeteria, began operations in Baton Rouge, LA in 1944. Approximately three years before Luby’s. The cafeteria system was met with great success across the South. The influence Cafeteria style operations was measurable, with most cafeterias even expanding into the Midwest. Piccadilly enjoyed many years of success. Up into the mid 1990s, when cafeterias began to falter. Cafeterias were viewed as “old people food”. The novelty of not having someone come wait at your table, but rather you getting what you need had grown old. Even chains like Luby’s fell victim to this, closing many locations in the late 90s and early 2000s. Piccadilly’s defense was to limit their Cafeteria branding. Eventually dropping the word all together and just going by Piccadilly. As time pressed on the situation became more dire, leading Piccadilly to begin closing most locations outside of the South. Piccadilly would eventually file for bankruptcy in 2012. This would eventually reduce their foot print to around 40 locations.

Local History

Piccadilly was one of three prominent cafeteria chains operated in Houston. Their biggest competitor is the still operating Luby’s, along with the now closed Wyatt’s. Piccadilly proved to be quite popular in Houston. The strategy for building locations was to place them in Malls. A fad which was very common during the early days of mall building. The cafeteria was seen as a draw for the mall. Families would come to eat, and hopefully end up shopping. Throughout the years Piccadilly ranked up locations eventually getting to about 9. Of these 9 only 2 were not located in malls. As the role of malls changed in retail, Piccadilly began to loose locations. Eventually the final Piccadilly location in Almeda Mall closed around 2013.

Address
Notes
12200 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77034Almeda Mall
2465 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058Bay Area
12300 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77060Greenspoint Mall
750 Gulfgate Mall, Houston, TX 77087Gulfgate Mall
303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024Memorial City Mall
4400 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77022Northline Mall
9500 Hempstead Rd Houston, TX 77092Northwest Mall
1496 San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, TX 77521San Jacinto Mall
7750 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77071West Belfort

Reader Comments

  1. Thanks for the website. I was trying to remember if Greenspoint had Wyatt’s or Piccadilly and here you have it!

  2. I was trying to remember the name of the cafeteria in Memorial City years ago, and here it is! Piccadilly. Thank you!

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