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Anj    3

This Sears was my second job way back in the day, from October 1990 till May of 1995. My first job was, of course, Astroworld a few months prior. I started in the men's and later, the kids department during my senior year of High School. Lots of memories and stories from this place. Sigh. I'll admit, that even back then, it was in decline but it was still pretty popular. I remember the long lines as I operated the cash register during the holidays and trying to flirt with the optical center's manager :P. I hadn't been in the store for many years and decided to stop by last year. It was so empty and depressing. Every year, my parents would take my brother and I to the parking lot along with the crowd to see the Fourth of July fireworks downtown. It was a little tradition we had. :) Nonetheless, this news sparks so much nostalgia for me.

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mkultra25    462

I can't help but think of the symmetry of the events that bookend the opening and closing of this store. It was opened in the wake of the previous flagship store at what is now Allen Parkway and Montrose suffering significant damage from a major flood.

 

Fast-forward almost eighty years, and here we are a little over a month after Harvey's catastrophic flooding, and the long-expected closure is finally announced. 

 

Plus ça change...

 

Sears in Houston

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Triton    8809

Man they're not even trying anymore at the Chron

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JLWM8609    464

I can only hope that future development will re-purpose the building and remove the 1960s cladding and reveal the Art Deco underneath. As an example, the old 1926 Sears building on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta is much bigger than the building here, but after it was closed down, the City of Atlanta bought it and used it for city offices. Now, it's a mixed use development known as Ponce City Market.

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Nate99    6199
10 hours ago, Triton said:

Man they're not even trying anymore at the Chron

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Perhaps "Katherine Blunt" is Nancy Sarnoff's code name for her little green helper.

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swtsig    2114

Assuming the original Art Deco structure can be salvaged it'd be awesome to incorporate it into a large scale redevelopment - perhaps as a ground floor market with a WeWork type coworking office space above. Add some green space and then some vertical component with strong activation with the rail and surrounding area. A large scale redevoplmwnt of these sites would spur a tremendous amount of additional activity in this area, particularly with proposed (approved?) 59 trenching. 

 

Very exciting news. 

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corbs315    234

I've belonged to the church across the street for 32 years (I'm 32 years old). Very curious to see how this all impacts the area given that we just finished an enormous renovation.

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Avossos    877
1 hour ago, corbs315 said:

I've belonged to the church across the street for 32 years (I'm 32 years old). Very curious to see how this all impacts the area given that we just finished an enormous renovation.

 

The Baptist church? I love the collection of churches in the Montrose / Museum District Corridor. My church (Annunciation Greek Orthodox) is doubling its size.

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corbs315    234
10 minutes ago, Avossos said:

 

The Baptist church? I love the collection of churches in the Montrose / Museum District Corridor. My church (Annunciation Greek Orthodox) is doubling its size.

Yuppers!

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bobruss    2388

So this property will include the Sears site, the adjacent parking lots and the Fiesta property. This will be a significant parcel situated right on the rail line.

Hopefully this will spur on more revitalization of the surrounding area south of Richmond on both sides of Main and Fannin.

I'm thinking you can say goodbye to Sears and everything on the lots. This will be a master planned development and the old Sears building will be a demo project.

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H-Town Man    1934

Rice has long fretted about their ability to attract the best and brightest out-of-state students to Houston. I imagine this project will be designed with an eye towards enhancing the image and appeal of the area. The visibility is incredible, as once the freeway comes down, views of these three blocks will be unimpeded from a wide area. This is really Rice's chance to shape its own landscape, as this area will be seen by visitors going in and out.

 

I can imagine at least one residential tower along with a substantial midrise or two, small shop retail on Main and Wheeler, maybe an urban concept Target on the ground floor of one of the buildings, maybe an entry for H-E-B into the Midtown neighborhood on a ground floor to compete with Whole Foods on Elgin. The question is timing. Will they wait until the freeway comes down to maximize potential? The apartments across Main St. next to the freeway are going to deter investors in any retail project - will they try to do something about those first?

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IronTiger    721

It was time, and the flooding events do provide nice bookends to its history. The Fiesta probably will close, doing archive searches reveal that the property was sub-leased by Sears and now Rice can (and likely will) boot it out. Coincidentally, Sears Canada announced closing all of its stores, but even if Sears dies as a whole, Sears Outlet and Sears Hometown are a separate company now.

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