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This topic brings back a LOT of memories.

I have a question which may relate to Globe, Woolco, Gemco, Sage, etc. Does anyone recall either a cheap product line sold by one of these stores, or a store named: "Bright Yellow Wrap"? Seems as though we used to see that name at one of the stores which used to occupy the space at Bellaire Blvd. and Hillcroft, where the Fiesta is currently.

Thanks in advance!

That Fiesta was a Globe originally.

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One of the early Globe Discount Stores was located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bellaire and Hillcroft, catty-corner to Sharpstown Section 1 and directly across from the old Sharpstown Community Center and the Sharpstown Drive-In. One Christmas while I was in college, I worked the cash register at the cigarette counter. (I didn't smoke. But you had to be 18 to sell cigs in those days.) 

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Beechnut & Loop 610. The building was used by Builders Square for their store when it was there. When Lowes purchased the land they demolished the store and built a new building. 

I'm not 100% certain...But the Hobby lobby next to lowes, looks like an old Builders square. If you drive around the back you can even see the old blue/red cheatline. The inside looks like a BS as well. What was next to it? Maybe it didn't get demo'd

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I'm not 100% certain...But the Hobby lobby next to lowes, looks like an old Builders square. If you drive around the back you can even see the old blue/red cheatline. The inside looks like a BS as well. What was next to it? Maybe it didn't get demo'd

I found this old excerpt on this topic.

"The abandoned Builders Square store, located across the street from Meyerland Plaza, is being demolished and replaced with a Lowe's Home Improvement store. The 150,000-square-foot Lowe's store will be built on a 14.8-acre site that Lowe's is leasing at the southeast corner of the West Loop and Beechnut. The new store will open in late 2002. Before Builder's Square was there, the site was occupied by Sage Store, a now-defunct discounter that operated there in the 1960s and 1970s."

http://m.chron.com/business/article/Bivins-Wulfe-tries-second-Meyerland-turnaround-2013391.php

I believe the Hobby Lobby building previously housed Media Play/Mars Music and originally a Pace Membership Warehouse

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I found this old excerpt on this topic.

"The abandoned Builders Square store, located across the street from Meyerland Plaza, is being demolished and replaced with a Lowe's Home Improvement store. The 150,000-square-foot Lowe's store will be built on a 14.8-acre site that Lowe's is leasing at the southeast corner of the West Loop and Beechnut. The new store will open in late 2002. Before Builder's Square was there, the site was occupied by Sage Store, a now-defunct discounter that operated there in the 1960s and 1970s."

http://m.chron.com/business/article/Bivins-Wulfe-tries-second-Meyerland-turnaround-2013391.php

I believe the Hobby Lobby building previously housed Media Play/Mars Music and originally a Pace Membership Warehouse

 

I can confirm this is correct. Builder's Sqaure was demo'd and the Hobby Lobby building was a Pace Membership Warehouse (both stores were owned by Kmart and later leased by them) Hobby Lobby moved into the building after it was vacated by Pace. Here's an except from The Chronicle from June 6, 1996 on the subject.

 

Hobby store picks up Pace space

The former Pace Membership Warehouse store on the West Loop is finally gaining an occupant after sitting vacant for more than two years. The 108,000-square-foot store was shut down in 1993 when Kmart, Pace's parent company, surrendered in a war of warehouse stores.

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, leased 55,000 square feet in the Pace building, located near Meyerland Plaza just south of Beechnut. The building will be divided in two. Another tenant is being sought for the other half of the building.

The landlord, Kmart, was represented by Cyndee Smith of the Shelby/Estus Realty Group. Scott Shillings, of Boyd, Page & Associates, represented Hobby Lobby.

 

The Kmart location was across the street, where Target now stands. It was a former Venture Department Store.

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About 1962 there was a Sage on Mykawa just north of what would become the I-610 loop.

I was about 7 years old, and (for whatever reason) decided to ride my bicycle from Cherbourg to Sage through the I-610 site.

At the time, the I-610 had just started construction.  The houses and other buildings had been demolished.  The heavy equipment left huge ruts that were filled with mud.

It took me a long time.  By the time I finally got to Sage my bicycle and I were caked in mud.  I was just dragging the bicycle.  I was exhausted and could not get back home.  Then I got scared.  I told the security guy to call my mom.  She came and got me but left my bicycle as trashed.  I missed that bicycle.

About 1970 or so mom would drive us to the Gulfgate Roller Rink.  We would take I-610 and could see Sage on the way.

Sage used to have billboards like "Louie Welch saved at Sage!"  (Welch was mayor at the time.)  

Then Sage ran this billboard "Jesus saved at Sage!"  People did not think it was funny.  I remember my grand parents saying that it's what the world is coming to.  There were a lot of people that would not shop there anymore.

About 2 months later, I saw that the doors and windows were all boarded up.  Sage was gone.  A Target opened up there some months later.  
 

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About 1962 there was a Sage on Mykawa just north of what would become the I-610 loop.

I was about 7 years old, and (for whatever reason) decided to ride my bicycle from Cherbourg to Sage through the I-610 site.

At the time, the I-610 had just started construction. The houses and other buildings had been demolished. The heavy equipment left huge ruts that were filled with mud.

It took me a long time. By the time I finally got to Sage my bicycle and I were caked in mud. I was just dragging the bicycle. I was exhausted and could not get back home. Then I got scared. I told the security guy to call my mom. She came and got me but left my bicycle as trashed. I missed that bicycle.

About 1970 or so mom would drive us to the Gulfgate Roller Rink. We would take I-610 and could see Sage on the way.

Sage used to have billboards like "Louie Welch saved at Sage!" (Welch was mayor at the time.)

Then Sage ran this billboard "Jesus saved at Sage!" People did not think it was funny. I remember my grand parents saying that it's what the world is coming to. There were a lot of people that would not shop there anymore.

About 2 months later, I saw that the doors and windows were all boarded up. Sage was gone. A Target opened up there some months later.

I believe the Sage you refer to was a former FedMart, now Fiesta. The Target used a proprietary build and was just east of there. It later became an indoor flea market, then Auchan, then vacant for years, and is now a scaffolding supply store.

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My mom used to work at Sage in the early 70's. We lived on Elrod Street. We lived in a duplex with our neighbors named Freeman. Does anyone remember or lived near by. Maguaritte Ray Park was in our backyard.

We moved in like 1972 or 1973 to the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) but I still faintly remember the neighborhood and park, and of course Sage where my mom worked.

              

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On January 18, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Manny Castillo said:

My mom used to work at Sage in the early 70's. We lived on Elrod Street. We lived in a duplex with our neighbors named Freeman. Does anyone remember or lived near by. Maguaritte Ray Park was in our backyard.

We moved in like 1972 or 1973 to the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) but I still faintly remember the neighborhood and park, and of course Sage where my mom worked.

              

 

Hi Manny. I didn't grow up in that neighborhood, but I'm from the area. Do you have any idea who Maguaritte Ray was? That particular section of Meadowbrook was originally called Sam Houston Gardens, and was linked to government housing, and the military. I find it very interesting.

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  old_Sharpstown: thanks for the reminder. I remember Globe and Sage but couldn't remember which was at which location. The FedMart at Bellaire and Weslayan moved to Bellaire and Hillcroft when Globe went out of business. Anyone remember which one had the big, red, upside down cowboy hat?

  Native Montrosian; Woolco… Weslayan and Bissonnet… that was my first job for two years while I was in high school. Were you the one who kept messing up the shoes in the shoe dept after I had just straightened them up???

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4 hours ago, HardcoreHoustonian said:

  old_Sharpstown: thanks for the reminder. I remember Globe and Sage but couldn't remember which was at which location. The FedMart at Bellaire and Weslayan moved to Bellaire and Hillcroft when Globe went out of business. Anyone remember which one had the big, red, upside down cowboy hat?

  Native Montrosian; Woolco… Weslayan and Bissonnet… that was my first job for two years while I was in high school. Were you the one who kept messing up the shoes in the shoe dept after I had just straightened them up???

Oh, so FedMart was at Bellaire and Hillcroft? Makes sense...it looks like Fiesta has been there since 1984, which would put it after Globe for years but still leaves room for FedMart.

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On 10/6/2005 at 4:38 AM, EastEnd Susan said:

Does anyone remember a store called Sage? It was on the east side of the gulf freeway somewhere between edgebrook and shaver. It sat at a funny angle to the street and had a huge parking lot. I never went to that store and have no idea what they sold but I remember it being very big and always packed with cars.

SERVING ALL GOVT EMPLOYEES...

Each department was run by separate companies. My grandfather ran a couple of them.

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On 1/18/2017 at 2:06 PM, Manny Castillo said:

My mom used to work at Sage in the early 70's. We lived on Elrod Street. We lived in a duplex with our neighbors named Freeman. Does anyone remember or lived near by. Maguaritte Ray Park was in our backyard.

We moved in like 1972 or 1973 to the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) but I still faintly remember the neighborhood and park, and of course Sage where my mom worked.

              

 

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I grew up on Bendell in the 70's and I believe I know that park you are talking about.  Kind of hidden away almost enclosed by duplexes? Fun neighborhood in the 70s.  Went to Bonner Elementary, played Little League in Freeway American, bowled at Mimosa Lanes...and visited Sage often. My mother managed a few 7-11 stores in the area.  The only thing left is Bonner.  

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On 2/3/2017 at 6:01 PM, NenaE said:

 

Hi Manny. I didn't grow up in that neighborhood, but I'm from the area. Do you have any idea who Maguaritte Ray was? That particular section of Meadowbrook was originally called Sam Houston Gardens, and was linked to government housing, and the military. I find it very interesting.

Now you have made me want to look into my old hood's past.  That park always had me curious...the way it was situated. 

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On 8/1/2021 at 11:55 AM, Clifford said:

I remember Sage but it was located on the north side of 610 near Meyerland. Spent much of my childhood there.

It was located on the southeast corner of Beechnut at Post Oak (later 610). Post Oak was the west border.

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On 2/17/2016 at 6:50 AM, Lou said:

About 1962 there was a Sage on Mykawa just north of what would become the I-610 loop.

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Sage used to have billboards like "Louie Welch saved at Sage!"  (Welch was mayor at the time.)  

Then Sage ran this billboard "Jesus saved at Sage!"  People did not think it was funny.  I remember my grand parents saying that it's what the world is coming to.  There were a lot of people that would not shop there anymore.

About 2 months later, I saw that the doors and windows were all boarded up.  Sage was gone.  A Target opened up there some months later.  
 

The store on Mykawa was a FedMart, not a Sage.

The only Sage in southeast Houston was at 8555 Gulf Freeway.

There was never a "Jesus saved at Sage" billboard. Never happened.

 

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The Sage I grew up with was at Beechnut at Post Oak before there was a West Loop.  It's where Lowe's is now.   I was intrigued by their carts that would roll the purchases outside for you to drive up and get.  I recall that I bought Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti there.  My first rock album.....

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