Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Abandoned Houston big box stores 2014 & 2015

Here is a small collection of abandoned retail here in the Houston area. Retail development in Houston is very strong and many empty big box stores have been filled. The closing of Anna's Linens will create more empty space, but it will probably be quickly filled.

ALCO Houston Gessner Rd. Abandoned 2014, previously a 99 cent only store.
Kmart Houston Homestead Rd. closed in the 1990's. Most recently used as a flea market and abandoned in the early 2000's.
Best Buy Houston/Almeda abandoned 2008. The store closed when the Gulfgate Best Buy opened.
Target Houston/Almeda abandoned 2009. A replacement Super Target nearby on the beltway replaced this store.
Circuit City Houston/Almeda abandoned sometime in late 2005-early 2006. The Circuit City moved to a nearby shopping center and closed in 2009. Redeveloped into the Sonya clothing store, now being redeveloped into a new business possibly a warehouse. Lots of interior photos inside of the store here.
Circuit City Sugarland abandoned 2009. Most recently a Halloween Express.
As you can see most of the interior is still intact.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sears Grand update Austin Texas

This is not much of an update, but more of an extended look at this Sears Grand location. 
Since our last post, the Pittsburgh Mills Sears Grand has closed bringing the number of known stores on my list down to 7. To see the list check out my first post here.
The map of the store featuring several departments that have been eliminated. 
Here are some views of the store not seen in the first post. Looking across the store from the mattress department.
Near the back corner of the store near the mattresses.
From the back corner of the store looking towards the clothing and electronics departments.
Looking from the clothing to the back corner of the store.
Looking from the electronics section to the front of the store.
Looking from Men's clothing to the far side of the store by the furniture.
The front of the store at the checkouts.
The exercise equipment looking towards the shoes.
Bikes and electronics.
Exercise equipment and shoes.
The entrance to the auto center and auto parts department.
Outdoor furniture, tools, and lawn and garden in this image.
Lawn and garden
A wide view of the shrinking electronics department. As with all Sears and Kmart stores, the electronics department has been downsized. 
An up close view of the electronics monitors. The colors change around the CRT's (compare the two photos).

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hastings Huntsville Texas Closed

I am a little late with reporting this news, but the Hastings that was covered in the blog closed over two years ago. Here is a link to the article. Sadly many stores like this one have closed over the past decade with chains such as Border's, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster, Media Play, and FYE shrinking or closing altogether. Hastings is still located in many areas, but this closing leaves Huntsville without a good local option for the items they carried. The closest location is in Conroe about 30 minutes South.

No more books, movies, games, coffee, or the rest of the cool items that were sold here.

Here are a couple of pictures of when the store was still in business from 2011.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Alexandria Mall Alexandria La

Now for a new Louisiana mall entry. The Alexandria Mall opened in 1973 and was expanded in 1986. We will start with the outside of the mall.
Dillard's, which opened in the 1986 expansion.
Burlington, ULTA, and the food court entrance, all are also part of the 1986 expansion.
Bed Bath and Beyond formerly Weiss and Goldring.
Slinkee's which was Wellan's and later Stein Mart.
The ULTA and food court entrance.
Burlington/ Mervyn's.
Burlington with Mervyn's labelscar. For some reason only the mall entrance and one outside entrance were reopened by Burlington. 
The Alexandria Mall is fairly large mall at almost 900,000 square feet on one floor. I am going to break this one down into 4 sections. Many of the photos were taken at the end of the business day so there were not many people in the mall.
Section one the Dillard's and Burlington section of the mall. Here is the view of the mall when you enter through Burlington.
The Burlington is a former Mervyn's that was barely changed when Burlington took over the space. 
Here is the Dillard's entrance and the nearby stores. 
Looking from the food court exit to the Dillard's/ Burlington wing.
A closer view of the Dillard's entrance.
More of the Dillard's/ Burlington corridor.
Section two food court. There are several food outlets and a new ULTA store is this section of the mall.
Lots of detail here in the food court, this is the nicest section of the mall. 
Section three, the center section of the mall. Here is the JCPenney entrance.
This store was a Beall-Ladymon and taken over by Stage Stores. 
The middle of the mall is full of shops and kiosks.
A retro late 90's early 2000's Foot Locker on the left.
Section four Bed, Bath and Beyond and Sears.
The play area is in this section of the mall, but not much else. As you can see a former Sam Goody was last here. 
This was formerly a Weiss-Goldring department store.
Looking back towards the rest of the mall. The entrance to Bed Bath and Beyond is to the left.
From the play area to Sears only one store was occupied, a gift shop.
The Sears store keeps earlier hours than the rest of the mall.
This looks like it could have possibly been a Piccadilly Cafeteria. This mall entrance is right next to the Sears entrance.
Looking into the mall from the Sears entrance.
More views of the mall near the Sears entrance.
Another view of the Wellan's which is occupied by Bed, Bath and Beyond. The mall entrance is to the right of this photo.
Looking back into the mall near Stage.