Alco stores officially filed for bankruptcy in November 2014 just a few months after they exited the Houston market and closed their remaining 198 stores across the United States. The company started off in 1901 and grew to many small towns throughout the United States. The company over the years grew to a few large cities including Houston. Unfortunately Alco only lasted a little more than 2 years in the Houston are, and during that time they converted their Gessner store into a clearance store before closing.
The Pasadena Alco was located at 4200 Pasadena Blvd and had a full range of departments and grocery section in a 22,000 square foot space. It could have been a viable discount store alternative here in the Houston market, but the company was not strong enough to support and expand the chain.
This is the first trip during the closing sale. Both of the photo sets were taken in January 2014.
This is the back of the store near the auto and hardware sections facing the front.
An up close of one of the department signs.
The back of the store facing the front with more of a central view of the store.
A look from the Marketplace to the other side of the store.
The second trip during the closing sale.
One of the department box signs, this one was the grocery section of the store.
Housewares facing the center of the store.
Looking at the center of the store from the edge of the marketplace department.
Near where the pet section was at.
The same image from a slightly different angle to see more of the photos on the far wall.
Near the back of the store by children's clothing and hardware.
The hardware and auto sections were moved up to the front of the store.
From the back of the store to the front.
The store closed in late February 2014.
Here is how the store looks now in February 2015 almost a year later.
The empty former Alco looks very small without all of the fixtures.