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  1. There was also that one movie from the 1970s where the kid wants to fly in the Astrodome, Brewster McCloud I think?
  2. Yeah, in 1989 (or 1988?), Fiesta opened a large moderately upscale store with a flagship feature of growing vegetables inside the store in a special chamber (with huge lights, a lot of special care to grow them, etc.) and made a lot of press when it first opened both locally and in the industry. The hydroponics were horrifically expensive to maintain, and they would've had to run opening-day numbers weekly to keep it profitable. It wasn't--they had to downscale the store by 1991 and it closed in 1993. At least that's how the papers reported it. I wasn't really there.
  3. Wow! I made the topic almost three years ago, and must have forgotten it after it didn't have any replies....
  4. Sunoco owns Stripes (they bought it a few years back), and they are now selling their entire convenience store division (including Stripes) to 7-Eleven.
  5. Well, looks like 7-Eleven has a second chance here after all as well as College Station and Central Texas (they bought out Sac-n-Pac a few years ago) after all. Weirdly, I've actually thought about this exact type of merger before but never actually imagined it to come to pass.
  6. There was another one that died within the last five years, "Gascard", located at Tacoma and Karbach. It was torn down in 2013 for an expansion of Karbach Brewing Co.'s facilities.
  7. Browsing around on Google Earth and found a strange neighborhood at the southeast corner of Fallbrook Drive and Fairbanks North Houston. In it, there's trailer homes or small homes, as well as a stone yard. Every house (or cluster of trailer homes) has a fence around it. The roads are dirt and aren't even straight. There's no Google Street View. A lot of red flags stand out, but this 'hood doesn't seem to have an official name or anything. A few things to note: - Received a small "expansion" around 2011, this is why some streets are outlined - Only really been around since 2004-2005
  8. I was most disappointed last time I went to Memorial City that the skywalk to the hospital wasn't actually connected to the mall.
  9. Reuploaded pictures due to Dropbox removing support for the Public Folder. This also means my all the stuff I scanned from Houston Post's microfilms is down as well, but don't worry, plans are already in the works to restore it.
  10. Might've spoken too soon considering the division office and the distribution center will close. But the stores remain.
  11. Probably not even that, given it is hard to access and Palais Royal is going to be heading out. My guess is that it will become a modern industrial park, which would fit in with the antique mall (remember that it was a former industrial site nestled in industrial before becoming an antique mall...directories indicate it was originally a facility that manufactured fans). If not that, I can see more of an office building/hotel environment going in.
  12. Gotta admit, it was kind of neat and sad the last time when I went there (2013-ish). There was a fountain...there was a Chick-fil-a Express that had closed for the day...there was perhaps the last Sesame Hut in existence...there was a soccer-focused place (I think) that had action figures...nothing like "Wow, this place is a treasure that needs to be memorialized" but to be honest, I'm surprised it lasted this long. The loss of Macy's no doubt damaged its prospects, and the removal of most of its parking lot (making it a pain to get around even the parking lot, one of the sides of the old Macy's has just one lane open up for clearance) for construction made it even harder. Would be surprised if the Macy's WASN'T torn down by the end of the year. -- Also, when they say "renovating the interior" I'm thinking they'll probably turn it into an office building and/or outdoor facing tenants, they aren't saving Palais Royal and the other tenant they mentioned I believe is not quite flush with the interior either.
  13. I'm not too familiar with that variant of the logo, the only ones I know of is the script one and the "Red Dot" logo. Besides, between Weingarten and Kroger it served as two other names (Safeway and AppleTree) if I'm not mistaken.
  14. Since Albertsons took over in January 2015, one new store in Austin was built, another is planned, the Midtown store was renovated, and one of the Katy stores closed.
  15. Looks like the space was 2104 Lyons, Zone One Auto Storage, was a towing company that has since moved to another location. It also looks like the other building on the site is still standing for now.