The Pasadena Montgomery Ward at 2222 Spencer Highway opened in 1966 and has two floors and an attached auto center.
Here are some facts about this retail relic.
The sign for the store can be seen in the movie Urban Cowboy.
This store contained a Bargain Center that was moved from the Northline Mall Montgomery Ward in 1990.
The store was mentioned in a news article about the company bankruptcy but survived the 1997 closures. The store closed in March 2001 with the rest of the company after 35 years in business.
Here is a thread on the HAIF forum discussing Montgomery Ward stores in the Houston area.
The store was redeveloped into a flea market in the mid 2000's, but the second floor is closed to the public. The inside of the store still has most of the original paint, floors, and even signage from the Montgomery Ward days. The flea market has gotten smaller since it originally opened with new developments taking store space. The Pasadena and Palms Center Wards stores are from the same era and both are now flea markets.
It is amazing that this sign is still up in the middle of an active flea market.
The old floor is mostly intact throughout the store. This I believe is part of the former auto section.
This store has a second floor so one can only guess how it looks up there now since the ceiling tiles are stained on the first floor.
The next three photos are from either the Boy's or Men's department of the store. This whole section of the flea market has now been walled off for a new development with an outside entrance only.
The exit near where Women's fashions were once located. The wall color remains the same as before but the "Gracias Por Su Patrocinio" is a new sign.
Most of the former Montgomery Ward stickers are still on all of the entrance doors around the building. This store was open long enough to advertise Wards.com on the bottom of the right door. Notice the MW door handle as well.
Here is the view of the store from the Spencer Highway entrance.
The view from South Shaver.
The attached auto center.
A close up of the Wards.com stickers on one of the entrance doors.
Some fixtures from the old store can be found at some of the flea market stores and in this back corner of the flea market. Notice the Associates Only sign from Montgomery Ward on the right door.
More entrance doors there are several around the building.
A wide view from across the street. As you can see from this picture, the second floor did not stretch across the entire building. The store may have been expanded at some point, but it is difficult to tell since booths are covering up most of the space inside of the store.