Monday, November 4, 2019

Sears Memorial City Mall Houston Texas closed November 25, 2018

Here is the Sears at Memorial City mall that closed in November 2018. The store opened in 1966 and was the last original anchor at the mall. This is the electronics department after it was moved into a different spot next to seasonal and sporting goods. The first set of photos was taken in early 2018 a few months before the store closed.

Here is the large space that previously had the electronics.

They did not do a very good job of covering up the plugs and connections on the old TV wall.

Signs advertising the merchandise blowout. 

September 2018, early in the store closing sale. Here is one of the driving school cars, many Sears locations that closed still had these cars sitting for months after the store closed.

The store still had a keyshop, The Shepherd store is the last area location to still have a separate keyshop.

The ad's did not have the discounts listed yet, but the prices were the standard 10-30% off to start.

Not sure if this is a new or old sign.

Always some mannequin fun when the final days arrive. 

Christmas was already here at this store. In 2019, Sears was late to the party. 

Electronics department, these have mostly disappeared from Sears in 2019.

Not sure if the portrait studio was still open or not. 

I wish this was still the case with Sears. These days everywhere else has what Sears has and more.

Keep waiting

Classic and modern is the best way to describe the store. This was one of the best kept locations in the Houston area prior to the closing.

November 24, 2018 final 2 days of the sale.

A lot of clothes were still left at this point in the sale.

As you can see here, the store had recently been painted in the Lands End section.

The escalator area was still old school.

The former Sears Optical department.

There are always rugs at these store closing sales. I guess there is some warehouse somewhere with millions of these just sitting around. 

The lines were still full 30 minutes after the store closed. Here they are in the last hour before closing.

Odds and ends are all over the place. Lots of decent fixtures still left.

The tools were mostly wiped out at this point in the sale.

It is always interesting seeing a mostly cleared out store that had been filled for over 40 years at this point.

The final ad for the store closing sale.

These taped off sections have racks of clothes that had already been sold. 

The former electronics department was halfway filled. 

Down to the last scraps of appliances.

This was taken 30 minutes after the store closed for the night. You can still see people waiting in line to the far right.

RIP Sears Memorial City. This was the oldest remaining mall location in the Houston metro area.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A walk through North Oaks Mall 2015. Updated 10/16/2019 with new photos

Updated 10/16/2019 with added photos from Chad Westmoreland. A big thanks to Chad for the extra images. 

This is my second recent trip to the North Oaks Mall, click here for the first.
North Oaks Mall once connected to the far anchor which was a Target, but was mostly closed off to expand the retail stores with exterior entrances. Currently the cinema is the only business open in the mall corridor. 

Here is the view when you walk into this small remaining corridor at the North Oaks Mall.
A vintage MacFrugal's sign at the mall entrance to Big Lots. Several years ago all of the different closeout stores under the Consolidated Stores Corporation all became Big Lots stores and the MacFrugal's and Odd Lots names disappeared.
As you can see this was a very slow night for the movie theater. 
The other entrance to the mall corridor at the back of the center.
Looking from the above entrance towards the theater.
A view of the former Aladdin's Castle.
Update 10/2019 Chad Westmoreland provided us this shot of the former Aladdin's Castle interior.

Another former mall store down what is left of the mall corridor that once stretched to what was a former Target.
This is where the mall corridor abruptly ends. The Target entrance was further down the hallway years ago.
Here is the view of the former Target entrance. Photo provided by Chad Westmoreland.
Looking from the dead end to the theater entrance.
The back side of the Big Lots.
Looking back towards the main entrance.

A retro wall from an old store across from the Big Lots.