Weird former Kroger store in Houston

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Weird former Kroger store in Houston

Post by pseudo3d » 25 Apr 2018 02:08

641 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018
https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb ... oioIgQEwCg

This is a former Kroger store near a distinctive Sears store in Houston (1950s neon sign), confirmed via directory circa 1991 (it likely closed in the 1990s when Kroger rebuilt a former Safeway it acquired down the street). It doesn't look like a Kroger store, I'll grant you that, but it does have the distinctive "six HVAC units" in a corner of the building. What type of prototype is this? Was it just a weird Family Center or one of a kind?

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Re: Weird former Kroger store in Houston

Post by Groceteria » 25 Apr 2018 10:01

From the shape, the front entrance placement, etc., it really looks almost like a 1970s superstore that got an exterior remodeling/recladding, maybe in the 1980s. Is that a possibility?

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Re: Weird former Kroger store in Houston

Post by pseudo3d » 25 Apr 2018 22:53

Groceteria wrote:From the shape, the front entrance placement, etc., it really looks almost like a 1970s superstore that got an exterior remodeling/recladding, maybe in the 1980s. Is that a possibility?
The store was built in 1978 and sold in 1998, which sounds right as that was the time when their acquired Safeway/AppleTree was knocked down for a Signature store, though I think the Signature store is slightly newer.

The roof may have been added on as a mock Greenhouse during the 1980s.

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