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Former Albertson turned Kroger in Houston

Post by 517634 » 26 Jul 2013 03:54

So I've been doing some research on a Kroger at 5620 W Tidwell. The Kroger has since closed and is being turned into a Preparatory school. Checking the Harris County Appraisal Districts site it appears that the building is actually classified as an Albertsons. Although ownership history shows that it was never owned by Albertsons. Only Kroger. So was this store abandoned by Albertsons before it was opened? As well there is a Gas Station that is not connected to the parking lot of the store. It's actually separated by railroad tracks. This gas station which is now a "Fuel Depot" appears to have been built along with the Albertsons. So can someone confirm whether or not this gas station was originally an Albertsons gas station and if so was it ever operated by Kroger? As well does anyone have any pictures from the Kroger? I'm curious to see what it would of looked like as I never got a chance to investigate the store before finding out it was closed.

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Re: Former Albertson turned Kroger in Houston

Post by 517634 » 26 Jul 2013 04:35

Hate to bump my own topic but speaking of Albertsons ending up DOA I've found something quite interesting!
Checking out Fort Bend CAD's site I found an appraisal made on a plot of land that was given up on so quickly it was never even given an address. You can check out the FBCAD listing here.

I have been able to find through the data sheet that the property was sold to a company called "Ainbinder Riverpark LP" Googling the company's name brings back a link to this pdf. This links up the location of the planned Albertsons with the location of the current River Park H-E-B.

Although construction was never started on this Albertsons I do remember the land being cleared when I was a child.

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Re: Former Albertson turned Kroger in Houston

Post by KMJonOBR » 11 Nov 2013 16:00

Hi, after doing my own research on this store, I have come to the conclusion that the building along with the fuel center across the tracks was definitely built as Albertsons and was later sold to Kroger and is now YES Prep White Oak campus. I don't know if Kroger operated the fuel center, it appears to be independently owned/operated. At some point it was a Diamond Shamrock branded store which isn't a brand that Kroger or Albertsons operates.

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Re: Former Albertson turned Kroger in Houston

Post by wnetmacman » 11 Nov 2013 21:19

If you see a Kroger, HEB, Food Town or a few others in Houston that look like former Albertsons, they probably are.

You see, Albertsons left Houston in 2003. They couldn't keep up with Kroger, HEB, Food Town or the others. The stores were sold off in piecemeal, with most of them being immediately occupied by the purchasing company.

I don't know about Food Town, but HEB and Kroger have extensively remodeled the stores they bought. I went to one in April of this year, and it had the basic layout, but looked nothing like it would have in its Gray and Pink Albertsons décor.

Kroger found that some of the stores were not workable as well, and they have begun abandoning them. The store you mention and a store in Willis have both been abandoned, with the Willis store moving across the freeway to a new Marketplace store.

As far as the gas station, Kroger took over all the fuel centers at the stores they bought as well, so it's entirely possible.

There's a lot more at this thread:
http://www.groceteria.com/board/viewtop ... =15&t=3202
Scott Greer

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