Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sears Grand Austin Tx.

This Sears Grand opened in the fall of 2005 as part of Sears push at the time to compete with Walmart Supercenters and Super Target stores. The store featured a full Sears store along with groceries, toys, health, music, movies, garden center, and pet supplies. Now the store has lost most of the extra departments and has furniture and clearance items where those departments were located. 

Current Sears Grand stores still in operation (according to the Sears website) include

If there are any more out there, drop me a comment and I will add the store to the list.
This concept could have done well if it had been pursued more aggressively. This concept was opened around the time of the Kmart and Sears merger that has seen nearly every concept outside of Sears and Kmart fade away or get spun off. Sears Grand lives on in name and design, but the extra departments that made the store unique are long gone. Since Super Kmart Centers at the time of the merger were going away, this concept was also abandoned in favor of Sears Essentials stores. For more information about this concept click here. 
A view of the closed off Garden Center.
The directory lists many departments that are no longer in the store. As you can see the setup is similar to many popular Supercenter concepts.

A look from the North entrance to the store towards the checkouts. 
The area to the left of this picture featured the pantry and pet supplies. The signage was changed in this area once the departments were removed. 
This was the area where the Health and Beauty section was at. 
Gamecube games are long gone from the electronics department.

Another section that is no longer here, but all the signs remain. I wonder how many disappointed kids have seen the sign across the store and found out that nothing is left but sporting goods and clearance items. 
Lawn and Garden
Looking at a row of checkouts. 
A look across the middle of the store .
Two views from the front of the store to the electronics section in the back. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fiesta Marketplace Sugar Land Texas

Here is the short lived Fiesta Marketplace market in Sugar Land Texas. I visited the store in the day (Late March) and again at night (Final Week) to see what may have caused the quick demise of this store. 
Opened July 17, 2013
Closed April 20, 2014

This sign was on the entrance doors in the final week of business. I wonder if this sign was approved or if nobody noticed it had been placed on the door. 
Now for the inside of the market. The market looked much better in person than it did in the promotional photos. 
The Caribou Coffee was at the front of the store, this was the only location in the Houston area of this popular coffee chain. 
A Red Mango kiosk inside of the store near the prepared foods counter. 
Here are my opinions as to why this store failed so quickly. Many of the departments that Fiesta is known for are downsized to make space for other departments such as the wine section which was probably too big for a store of this size. Many of the departments that were downsized did not have enough products to find what you needed or find a sale item. The basics of what Fiesta has succeeded at along with the extras would have been a better fit, instead of the other way around. The store should have been larger that it was (about 50,000 sq ft) to have been able to compete with the more established higher end grocers. Finally the whole shopping center is mostly hidden behind a freeway ramp you will not see this store unless you are on the service road.
The store had many positives as well, with the variety and kiosks inside of the store with coffee, yogurt, and prepared foods. The employees were very nice and have all been transferred to other area Fiesta stores. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pierremont Mall Shreveport La. 2013

The Pierremont Mall is located at 4801 Line Drive about 2 miles Southeast of Mall St. Vincent in Shreveport La. This 67,000 square foot mall opened in 1964 and features local shops and Stein Mart as the anchor. The mix of stores works well in this mall and the mall continues to do well while many smaller malls have closed over the years. The nearby Mall St. Vincent at 570,000 square feet is more than 8 times the size of this mall. The mall was recently renovated but still has a retro style and many retro storefronts. 

Here is the West entrance to the mall. Stein Mart is on the left of this entrance. 
The mall entrance to Stein Mart as it appears near the West mall entrance.
A look down the main corridor of the mall from the Stein Mart entrance. 
The West entrance of the mall looking from the entrance to Stein Mart. 
Another shot near the entrance to Stein Mart looking at the North mall entrance.
The mall entrance to Stein Mart.
A view of about 1/3 of the main mall corridor looking at the North mall entrance.
Looking from the North entrance to Stein Mart. 
The mall directory which is posted at the West entrance to the mall. 
The street sign 
As you can see the whole mall is very small. 
The Northside of the mall