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Kroger to close location on OST at Cambridge

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JLWM8609    476

I received this info from an e-mail that I received from District D Councilman Dwight Boykins' e-mail list. There's no date listed for the closure, but Boykins is taking the closure into consideration when he'll vote on the tax abatement that Kroger wants in order to stay in and expand their distribution facility on Gellhorn, which is used to stock Kroger stores in TX and LA. Boykins is expected to vote against the deal because of the proposed closure, and the fact that Kroger doesn't plan to replace the closed store. If Kroger doesn't get the tax abatement, they'll instead increase capacity at a facility in Shelbyville, IN, which they claim is cheaper than expanding the Gellhorn location.

 

While it's not the flashiest Kroger, it serves a purpose and I really hate to see it go. But, the handwriting has been on the wall for a while now. You can see that it hasn't been receiving the same updates as other Kroger stores in the city. I bet the Medical Center is licking its chops for that parcel of land.

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htownproud    259

Kroger is in the business of making money.  If it is cheaper to have a supply source elsewhere, then they should move there. They aren't holding anything over anyone's head.  They are telling it like it is.  

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plumber2    185

I'm not a big fan of tax abatements either, unless the tax abatement directly pays for some type of municipal infastructure, like sewer updrades or street improvements around the facility. If it actually makes sense for Kroger to distribute from somewhere else, then let them go. Why subsidize one business, when the others around it don't get the same subsidy.

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SkyEye    2

Good decision by Krogers in my opinion. Several people shopping there through the years have been victims of Councilman Boykins constituents. As a former resident of that area it was risky being in that parking lot after dark. Maybe lives will saved because of this.

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BigFootsSocks    2761

I realize they are business, I'm not naive. It's bullsh!te that they would force the city to give them tax breaks (do you honestly think they need them) just to save a couple of bucks. It's a business decision, but the people who work there will lose their jobs. 

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IronTiger    736

This sucks. I wanted to visit, check out the decor on the inside (any old AppleTree remnants??) and maybe get a chance to try those oxtails I've heard they served certain days.

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JLWM8609    476

Good decision by Krogers in my opinion. Several people shopping there through the years have been victims of Councilman Boykins constituents. As a former resident of that area it was risky being in that parking lot after dark. Maybe lives will saved because of this.

 

Nonsense. I've been going there all my life from its days as Safeway and Apple Tree and it's not dangerous. If it's dangerous, you should want it to stay open so the criminals won't hop down the road and start targeting people at stores in your zip code (77025). As if stores in all parts of town don't have instances of crime. Please! <_<

 

This sucks. I wanted to visit, check out the decor on the inside (any old AppleTree remnants??) and maybe get a chance to try those oxtails I've heard they served certain days.

 

 

I think all of the old Safeway and AppleTree remnants are gone. I remember part of the trim near the entrance still had red paint, but it's been long painted over.

 

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asubrt    269

Wasn't there a rumor about a residential high-rise at this location awhile back? Maybe I'm confusing it with the Vantage just up Cambridge, but I could have sworn that there were plans to replace this Kroger with resi.

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IronTiger    736

Wasn't there a rumor about a residential high-rise at this location awhile back? Maybe I'm confusing it with the Vantage just up Cambridge, but I could have sworn that there were plans to replace this Kroger with resi.

The adjacent abandoned Nat'l Guard Facilities would lend itself to have the whole block redeveloped. So, what's the odds on the business replacing this?

 

Fiesta? There's one a little over a mile west, but then again, there was a Kroger a mile west, too. Fiesta's not known for store overlap though.

Randalls? Not outside the realm of possibility that they'd remodel and reopen, but just a year and a half earlier, there were rumors the entire chain would disappear, and while it seems to be out of danger, it's still not in expansion mode, so...unlikely.

H-E-B? I can't see it happening without total demolition and redevelopment. 

Food Town? Probably the most likely to happen if the building will be grocery again and not demolished for redevelopment.

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Scrubber    2
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I just heard from a neighbor that the real estate for this Kroger has been sold to MD Anderson and will close at the end of the month. Can anyone confirm this?

 

Edit: Confirmed from employees. This store is closing on the 24th.

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Ross    637
10 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

I love this Kroger please don't close :.(

I have something to tell you and it's going to make you sad...

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kennyc05    71

<_<

22 minutes ago, Ross said:

I have something to tell you and it's going to make you sad...

 

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Scrubber    2

Sad for me as well. There's basically no reason to drive down Cambridge anymore unless I need a quick route to the south loop. There used to be a pretty nice neighborhood down there.

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VicMan    41

It would be cool if they could have a multipurpose building with a grocery store on the first floor and offices and/or staff residences on the others. I think having more multi-use buildings would make things more efficient.

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