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Update Re: EADO Grocery Store

Traci Jack from EaDo · 21m ago

Hi Neighbors, 

I received the following from Councilman Gallegos' office when I inquired about efforts to bring retail, a grocer specifically, to EADO: 

We’re fully committed to bring a quality grocery store to the area. We’ve actually had numerous discussions about the former Finger property at Cullen and 45 as a possible site. However, the only retailer that has expressed interest in the last two years – the only grocer that could make that EaDo site work, based on a number of metrics grocers use – was Walmart. In fact, we held a couple of meetings with area stakeholders, including leadership from both EaDo and Eastwood, and hoped that we could finalize a deal. Unfortunately, late last year Walmart determined the Finger site was no longer feasible. 

We are working with Lovett Commercial (owner of the Finger site) and the city’s economic development office to find another suitable grocer. Once that has been done we can look at incentives the city could offer (if necessary) to make the site more attractive. As you may know, just last month the city used federal dollars to lure HEB to a site off 288. For that deal, the city purchased the site using federal EDI (Economic Development Initiative) funds, will turn it over to the Housing Corporation and they, in turn, will sublease the land to HEB. HEB will fully fund the construction of the store. EDI funds are restricted to certain areas of town, and unfortunately Cullen at 45 is not in the EDI zone. To give you some perspective on how complex these arrangements are, the HEB deal was in the works for over two years. 

We completely agree with you, residents should not be having to drive across town to find a grocery store. We have not given up, and Councilman Gallegos is determined to bring a quality grocer to the community. 

Thanks again for the message and for your support on this matter. 

If you could like to follow-up send an email to his Chief of Staff:Daniel.Santamaria@houston.gov

 

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12 hours ago, HNathoo said:

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Update Re: EADO Grocery Store

Traci Jack from EaDo · 21m ago


We completely agree with you, residents should not be having to drive across town to find a grocery store. We have not given up, and Councilman Gallegos is determined to bring a quality grocer to the community. 
 

 

That's a bit of an exaggeration considering there's a Kroger within half a mile of this location.

 

Even if you are afraid of that Kroger (and if you live in the East End, there's no reason you should be afraid of it), there's a fiesta just under 3 miles, a walmart 3 miles, or a HEB 4 and a half miles. Oh, and that Midtown randalls is also 3 miles. All well within acceptable driving distance.

 

Yes, that site should probably be retail, but the reason Walmart likely backed away was because there's no easy freeway access to the site, so whatever retail goes there is going to be sized for the amount of people they'll get. Sure there's university students, but they don't have huge budgets, and when they hop in their car to go somewhere they're likely going to the Kroger half a mile down the road because it's going to be cheaper.

 

If they don't like the selection at Kroger then they should first of all tell them what selection they would like, and second of all, they should shop there. Kroger isn't going to invest in their current property if they aren't seeing more influx of buyers. Luckily though, at least from my anecdotal evidence, that Kroger is seeing more business.

 

It really bothers me though that they aren't willing to acknowledge that there is the Kroger like right there, I mean, it is literally in Eastwood. The staff is always super nice, and the management team is really doing their part to keep repeat business.

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

 

That's a bit of an exaggeration considering there's a Kroger within half a mile of this location.

 

Even if you are afraid of that Kroger (and if you live in the East End, there's no reason you should be afraid of it), 

 

I went to this Kroger once and got caught up in the middle of an hold-up / robbery in the store - not going again !!  As you said, there are several other options and I have used them all and like them all...

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I hear we are getting closer and closer to getting something in the Lovett site on Dowling. Possible a CVS and some sort of grocer. I'm hoping for Trader Joes.

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3 hours ago, HoustonMidtown said:

 

I went to this Kroger once and got caught up in the middle of an hold-up / robbery in the store - not going again !!  As you said, there are several other options and I have used them all and like them all...

 

Being held up can happen at ANY grocery store. I was held up near the Galleria years ago. Has nothing to do with how nice a store is or how comfortable its surroundings may feel. 

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4 hours ago, HoustonMidtown said:

 

I went to this Kroger once and got caught up in the middle of an hold-up / robbery in the store - not going again !!  As you said, there are several other options and I have used them all and like them all...

 

44 minutes ago, intencity77 said:

 

Being held up can happen at ANY grocery store. I was held up near the Galleria years ago. Has nothing to do with how nice a store is or how comfortable its surroundings may feel. 

 

to be fair, the nick-name of this Kroger is Kombat Kroger, but like you said, anyone can get caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

I am at this Kroger about once a week, cause it's about 1 mile from my house. They don't have everything I want, but they have everything I need: produce, milk, eggs, bread.

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Non-native here, but what are the nicknames for the Krogers?  I thought Kombat Kroger was on Montrose

 

Montrose Kroger = ?

Cullen/Polk Kroger =?

 

Are there any other grocery store nicknames I should know?

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1 hour ago, cspwal said:

Non-native here, but what are the nicknames for the Krogers?  I thought Kombat Kroger was on Montrose

 

Montrose Kroger = Disco Kroger

Cullen/Polk Kroger = Kombat Kroger

Studemont/i10 Kroger = Alumni Kroger (all recent college grads)

 

Are there any other grocery store nicknames I should know?

 

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West Gray Kroger- Posh Kroger

Buffalo Speedway Kroger- WASPy Kroger

Old Spanish Trail Kroger- Kroger Slow Jam

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1 hour ago, KinkaidAlum said:

West Gray Kroger- Posh Kroger

 

aka "Cougar Kroger" (or maybe that should be "Kougar Kroger" for alliteration's sake)

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11 hours ago, Sanjorade said:

I hear we are getting closer and closer to getting something in the Lovett site on Dowling. Possible a CVS and some sort of grocer. I'm hoping for Trader Joes.

I've heard CVS and sprouts for months now, but I'll believe it when I see it. 

 

 

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Lovett Commercial changed the brochure from retail to a 610-unit multifamily building surrounded by a chic-fil-a and a 7/11. Some plots are now left empty, some are marked "future development".

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2 hours ago, ljchou said:

Lovett Commercial changed the brochure from retail to a 610-unit multifamily building surrounded by a chic-fil-a and a 7/11. Some plots are now left empty, some are marked "future development".

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610 units is a lot for that site. And given the student housing immediately across Cullen and the development on Hussion St., and Lovett’s history, I’d be willing to wager that this will be at least partially subsidized/affordable housing through the LIHTC program or similar programs.

 

Just what this area needs more of. . .

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22 hours ago, ljchou said:

Lovett Commercial changed the brochure from retail to a 610-unit multifamily building surrounded by a chic-fil-a and a 7/11. Some plots are now left empty, some are marked "future development".


 https://www.lovettcommercial.com/properties/houston/i-45-and-cullen (archive link)


Brochure:
https://www.lovettcommercial.com/Pdf.aspx?id=234 (archive link)

 

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(direct link to full size, non compressed image, easier to zoom in and read what's on the site map)

 





Good catch @ljchou!


So, this Lovett Commercial development will be named Coogs Crossing. It will also  be a multifamily residential with retail pads lining a portion of it.

Since this is expected to become student housing, I can see the need for a Chick-fil-A and 7-Eleven here. That Chick-fil-A will be more convenient than the one on South Wayside and the Gulf Freeway, plus the one on the campus of University of Houston.

Also the density from the apartments, UH and the surrounding neighborhoods can support a Chick-fil-A. Outside of Texas Southern University and University of Houston,  I don't think there's a freestanding Chick-fil-A in Third Ward. With this one planned right on the Third Ward boundary, this will serve the Third Ward and Riverside Terrance communities and those residing in the East End closer to downtown.


From the brochure:

 

  • New 500+ ( 610 ) unit student housing project across Cullen
  • 2020 delivery date

 


 

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