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About 6 months ago, I heard a rumor about Central Market. The rumormill said that Oshman's (on the corner of Gessner and I-10) was going to move into the old Service Merchandise store (about 1/2 mile west) and Central Market was going to take over the Oshman's location.

Well, for the past 6 months, it's been mostly a rumor but we've been watching with interest as the old Service Merchandise store got a facelift. Sure enough, a banner was just hung on the facade announcing that the store would be an Oshman's.

So... one down, one to go? Personally, I'm thrilled about having a Central Market nearby if the rest of the rumor is true.

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About 6 months ago, I heard a rumor about Central Market.  The rumormill said that Oshman's (on the corner of Gessner and I-10) was going to move into the old Service Merchandise store (about 1/2 mile west) and Central Market was going to take over the Oshman's location.

Where did you hear the rumour? A reliable source? That would be fantastic if we got a Central market out here!

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On a related note, has anyone heard anything more about Whole Foods Market's proposal to relocate the Woodway Dr. store to a new, larger building to be built near Post Oak Blvd. in Uptown? I think one possible location across Uptown Park Blvd. from the Uptown Park Center.

I think it would be great if Central Market opened a second store here. That location on I-10 isn't the easiest to get in and out of, but it would be close to the affluent Memorial Villages, which is very much the demographic that Central Market targets.

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Well, I hope I'M wrong, but I recently (1 month or so) spoke to one of the floor managers at Central Market about their expansion plans. The plan for Houston seems to be one central location (Westheimer and Weslyan) with the satellite areas getting the new HEB's (which carry many, but not all, of the same items). This conversation developed as we talked about Dallas. You see, Dallas is getting several CM's across the city whereas Houston seems to be getting only one. The exception to this is, of course, the new Woodland's Market. That is netiher an HEB or a CM.

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That would really be a shame because I haven't been very impressed with either of the new HEBs (Gessner @ Kempwood; Beltway 8 @ Beechnut??) Neither can measure up to Central Market. The only other store that comes close, in terms of hard-to-find international foods, is Fiesta- the one on on I10 and Blalock(?) I'm not very good with remembering street names.

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Notice the way they have not renovated the outter strip of the parking lot of the former Service Merchandise where Office Depot and Oshman's are now located. It appears about 60 or 80 feet along the frontage will be taken by the new I-10 lanes. The whole jewelery store may have to go. This will leave the Oshman's center with an undersized parking lot for a building of that size. There may be some space on the side to develop more parking but it will not be as convenient.

If that same amount of widening occurs at the old Globe-Oshman's building, the roadway will be up to the north wall. It looks like the service stations there may be going away too. That will make the entry into the mall area look better.

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I've gone into the Woodlands version of the Central Market a few times now, and unless things pick up dramatically, they may be going the way of Albertson's. It is always dead slow in there, more of a tourist attraction but people just walk through and look around and then leave without buying. Meanwhile the Krogers and Randalls in the area always appear to be bustling. What gives?

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I can't speak for the Woodlands store, which really isn't a Central Market but a hybrid of a nice HEB and Central Market. But the real Central Market store at Weslayan and Westheimer is always busy when I'm in there and people are making purchases.

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The Globe-Mervyn's-Oshman's building on the south west corner of I-10 @ Gessner is being demolished. About 50% of it was down by Monday night. Sage at I-10 @ West Belt was demolished earlier this year possibly for a detention pond and reconfigured interchange. Now Globe is gone too. No more early 1970's vintage discount big boxes.

The Globe building was 84,833 square feet on an eight acre site. HBJ from 11-10-03 lists the options for the site at that time were a Central Market, CVS, or leasing it to Memorial Hermann for their expansion. At that time discussions with Memorial Hermann were stalled.

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Hi, I'm new, but I have been actively watching what has been transpiring on the south side of I-10 for some time now. Jared does have plans to move to space along the south frontage road in between Gessner and Bunker Hill, in front of the Foley's parking garage. They began building it just a few weeks ago.

I keep scanning the Houston Business Journal for any info on Central Market moving to the spot that was once occupied by Oshman's, but I don't see anything. Has anyone found out any information from Metro National? I would never move from my condo if I found out Central Market was coming! Good gravy! :D

FWIW, I love the hybrid H-E-B in the Woodlands. It's so new, still, that a lot of folks don't even know it's there, which could account for a lack of crowds. It's a really nifty blend of CM and a conventional grocery store.

It will be very interesting to see how the new freeway expansion changes things around these parts!

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I suppose if I had some strong desire to serve some geek-neck clams or hamster brisket, I would probably check at Central Market because they have just about anything you could want. But for normal produce and other goods, I think their prices are highway robbery! If I can

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BTW I forgot to include this link to the HBJ article indicating Central Market and CVS as competitors with Mem City Hospital:

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto...ewscolumn3.html

Agghh! I would HATE to see CVS going up at such a prime spot, considering that it is supposed to be the ground zero of West Houston. But, hey, if we can have the smutty Zone D' Erotica right in the heart of Uptown, the pesky CVS wouldnt be a surprise!

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kzseattle, isn't that the truth! UGH!  That place is HORRIBLE!!!!!!  It's so tacky! On a more nostalgic note, I remember when that used to be Luke's, they had the best bacon cheeseburger around at 3AM....how I loved Luke's!!!!!

Well, it sounds like that spot on the corner of Gessner and I-10 will become a 9-story professional bldg. I hope I'm wrong. The latest I heard was that Central Market might end up in the new Town & Country. Wishful thinking...?

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Hey texasdago, I think you might have read an old article about that? The 9-story prof building III has already been built. It sits at 923 Gessner. The old Oshman's lot is 975 Gessner, according to Metro National's website.

However, I'd love to know where you heard about Central Market going in T&C? That is literally right across the street from me and I'd be just tickled to death if it went in there!!!!! :D

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Hey texasdago, I think you might have read an old article about that?  The 9-story prof building III has already been built.  It sits at 923 Gessner.  The old Oshman's lot is 975 Gessner, according to Metro National's website.

However, I'd love to know where you heard about Central Market going in T&C?  That is literally right across the street from me and I'd be just tickled to death if it went in there!!!!!  :D

Parrothead... the article I came across seemed pretty recent. I'll see if I can track it down. BTW - I noticed the link on the bottom of your page. Do you now live in Memorial Bend? The web page you've linked is my page :)

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How funny! I love your web page, BTW, it's great!! That's my dad in that pic with his first wife Pat. She still lives in their house--after all these years!

I live right next to Mem Bend in Georgetown, the condos. If we end up staying in Houston, I told my husband it's a Floyd house or nothing! :lol: Good thing he loves them too!

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I've gone into the Woodlands version of the Central Market a few times now, and unless things pick up dramatically, they may be going the way of Albertson's. It is always dead slow in there, more of a tourist attraction but people just walk through and look around and then leave without buying. Meanwhile the Krogers and Randalls in the area always appear to be bustling. What gives?

Because it is an upscale store stuck in a middle class neighborhood masquerading with upscale pretensions.

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According to a friend of mine who works in the medical complex at Memorial City, the old Oshman's site has been reserved by the hospital for either a building addition or a parking garage. This was heard within the last couple of months.

Other 'rumours': the Prince's restaurant located just East of Memorial City is planning to relocate to the North side of I-10 in the vicinity of Gessner. Also, 59 Diner on I-10 (closer to the Loop as you head East) is looking for space in the same area. This info comes directly from employees at these two restaurants.

And, there has been talk of the Lumpkin Rd. Home Depot moving to the site that Wal-Mart was courting in Spring Valley (?) last year, in which case HCC would possibly take over the HD space to expand their campus.

But I personally do hope Central Market finds something in this area .... it would be a great addition.

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Because it is an upscale store stuck in a middle class neighborhood masquerading with upscale pretensions.

So if The Woodlands with an average household income of $85,253 is a "middle class" neighborhood who cannot even afford to buy at Central Market, who do you think Central Market is after? Only those who live in River Oaks? Well then I am surprised they havnt gone out of business yet since thats a very tiny market!

Central Market isn't Hermes or Versace. I am sure that, before spending millions of dollars on their store, they did some market research to determine if they will be affordable.

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Okay, well, I got the 411 from Metro National. Here is what they said to me:

Polly-- I don't have any info for you right now other than it will be a mixed-use development-- healthcare, retail, hospitality... Look for more info on future Memorial City developments in the near future in the press. We will also be lauching a website memorialcity.com in the next 2-3 weeks that will contain updates.

Thanks!

angie sallee

Well all that tells me is that they haven't come to an agreement yet on anything LOL! Let's see, doctors, stores, and.....hospitality? Hotel? Motel? Restaurant?

Sounds like all of the Memorial City area. How vague can you get?! :lol:

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Okay, well, I got the 411 from Metro National.  Here is what they said to me:

Polly-- I don't have any info for you right now other than it will be a mixed-use development-- healthcare, retail, hospitality...  Look for more info on future Memorial City developments in the near future in the press.  We will also be lauching a website memorialcity.com in the next 2-3 weeks that will contain updates.

Thanks!

angie sallee

Well all that tells me is that they haven't come to an agreement yet on anything LOL!  Let's see, doctors, stores, and.....hospitality?  Hotel? Motel? Restaurant?

Sounds like all of the Memorial City area.  How vague can you get?!  :lol:

I drove by the location today and didnt have enough time to look closely but noticed banners on the fences with words like "Dine", "Shop", "Lounge" etc. It seems that it is some kind of an expansion of Memorial City mall. Perhaps, it is their response to what's planned for T&C mall that is going to be some mixed-used development. Memorial City and T&C seem to be in a competitive race. I dont think there is going to be another health care building since it is already there. It is probably going to add some open-air retail plus restaurants.

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Yeah, alot of the malls are trying to add open air wings (The Woodlands, First, Colony, etc) an open air wing would be great on memorialCity!

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I saw that too!  It should be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks...  :)

The former Oshmans spot is going to be reserved for hospital use I have heard. This makes the most sense. They can't seem to stop expanding the hospital fast enough.

I had heard that Central Market would go in where the former Target was located (next to Echo Lane Shopping Center). Anyway you look at it, a Central Market would really hurt Randall's at T&C and Kroger at Echo Lane. West Houston could hardly stand another grocery store, but Central Market is not a grocery store, it is an experience.

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The former Oshmans spot is going to be reserved for hospital use I have heard. This makes the most sense. They can't seem to stop expanding the hospital fast enough.

I had heard that Central Market would go in where the former Target was located (next to Echo Lane Shopping Center). Anyway you look at it, a Central Market would really hurt Randall's at T&C and Kroger at Echo Lane. West Houston could hardly stand another grocery store, but Central Market is not a grocery store, it is an experience.

The former Target has been renovated and I think Marshall's is in there now. That entire center has been redone, so I don't see Central Market going in there.

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Marshall's has only taken about half of the old Target space so there is the old Marshall's and about half a Target, contiguous space, left at that center with some additional space in back. It's a good location. The rear access is a big asset.

This seems like a good idea!

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I'm new to this forum and just coming across this thread. I work very close to the Central Market on Westheimer/Weslayan so I stop by there now and then. Back in May they were doing a survey -- it was very short, I can't remember now but I think it just asked for your zip code, how often you shop there, a couple of questions like that. The lady who was handing out the clipboards said they were evaluating whether to open another CM in Houston. Don't know if anything came of that or not.

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