Thursday, December 6, 2018

Kroger #739

9125 West Sam Houston Parkway North

This post was originally posted at Safeway and Albertsons in Texas Blog, another blog of the author's (currently mothballed and in talks to change hands). When Albertsons Inc. pulled out of Houston in early 2002, a great number of the stores were sold to Kroger, which quickly reopened them. The stores originally kept all the Albertsons décor (this store, formerly Albertsons #2766, was remodeled in 2013 according to official sources, so that's probably when they went, unless it changed sooner) due to the stores being practically brand-new when the plug was pulled. The store's layout is a copy of the Port St. Lucie, Florida store closed in 2012, with some minor changes.

The Starbucks was in the same place, the deli and meats were in the same place, and while the center store probably saw a rearrangement at some point, there were a few notable changes in the front. The old camera center had been converted to offices with the pet supply area converted to HBA, with the pharmacy next to it (it also added a walk-up pharmacy), and a bank space as well (this may have been part of the original layout), as well as a few other changes. The area around the florist was downsized (didn't see evidence of the former in-store dry cleaners), as the customer service desk was moved either next to the restrooms or in front of the "Albertsons Reading Center" area. According to HCAD, the store was built in 1999, and all photos here were taken in summer 2016 by the author.

Current Street View

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Shepherd Square Shopping Center

2075 Westheimer Road

This two-level shopping center has distinct addresses (including South Shepherd addresses) for its tenants. The Randalls opened in December 1989 (possibly January 1990), and there was a commercial on YouTube that showed sketches of the new store including floral, deli, and pizza departments, but it disappeared shortly before writing. This Randalls closed in fall 2018. In May 1990, Churrascos opened at 2005 Westheimer. This restaurant is still in operation as of this writing, and the Starbucks was part of Randalls (it was a very large Starbucks and evidence suggests it was the Flagship Café, which was part of the store). Despite many upper levels of Flagship stores and the two level strip mall, Randalls did not have an upper level.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Adam's Mark Houston

2900 Briarpark Drive

In early 2004 the Adam's Mark hotel was rebranded as the Houston Marriott Westchase following an announcement in 2003. An alternate version of this 1985 ad (from the Houston Post) using full color photos can be seen at old Texas Monthly ads. The hotel was built in 1980.

Editor's Note: Happy thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

1344 Yale

1344 Yale Street

This building was a former bakery operation (as of the early 1980s directory, listed as "Heights Bakery" though it's possible it was something originally), with a large three-point sign located at the corner that has faded off completely. As of this writing, the building is scheduled to become a wine bar/shop called "La Grande Rue" and a restaurant called "Savoir". Their websites are (also as of this writing) almost identical. According to HCAD, the build date is 1930 but Loopnet says 1950. However, the building does not seem to be on Google Earth's 1944 view but is on 1953, which suggests 1950 is perhaps the actual build date. More information can be seen on the Houston Architecture Forums.

Picture above is from May 2018 (by the author); picture below from Loopnet before renovations began.