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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.

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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.

Yep..its some sort of school now. ..but I think it was a little more up 45. Between Airport and Monroe.

Here is a link to another thread where Sage was discussed along with Globe and some other "dead" stores.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...?showtopic=2794

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Yep..its some sort of school now. ..but I think it was a little more up 45. Between Airport and Monroe.

Here is a link to another thread where Sage was discussed along with Globe and some other "dead" stores.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...?showtopic=2794

Thanks Gnu. I have to go downtown today and will check for the old sage.

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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.

I still have one of their old ad campaigns seared in my brain...

"Earl Campbell saved at Sage - He's a runnin' back!"

Or

"Joe Sambito saved at Sage - What a relief!" (Joe Sambito was a relief pitcher for the Astros in the 70's)

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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.

I grew up on the southeast side (Park Place and Reveille area) and my family shopped at Sage quite often in the 70s. I remember the pet shop within the store -- they sold fish and turtles and probably other things but that's what I remember. When they closed in the 80s I went to their final sale and bought one of the sets of lockers that were in the employee break room. I still have it in my garage -- it's moved with me several times!

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I am pretty sure there was Sage on Westhiemer and Stoney Brooke (just due West of Hillcroft). Today it is a Guitar Center. Since I grew up in the 70's in Briarmeadow I remember going there to get perscriptions with my mom. The toy aisle was pretty shoddy, but I always managed to find something to talk my mom into buying for me. We used to also shop at the Weingartens right next store.

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I am pretty sure there was Sage on Westhiemer and Stoney Brooke (just due West of Hillcroft). Today it is a Guitar Center. Since I grew up in the 70's in Briarmeadow I remember going there to get perscriptions with my mom. The toy aisle was pretty shoddy, but I always managed to find something to talk my mom into buying for me. We used to also shop at the Weingartens right next store.

That was actualy a "Sage Drugs" which was an off-shoot of the Sage stores. Sage was the orignal "big box" store/mass merchandiser. It was the precursor in Houston to K-Mart and Walmart. Sage Drugs were smaller stores and were more in-line like a Walgreens.

There was a "Globe" at Bellaire Blvd. and Hilcroft (it became a Fiesta store later). There was a Sage at 610 and Beechnut and a Builder's Square (now closed??) came to occupy that space later.

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I remember the food court on the second level.

Which was trashier? Sage or Globe?

Back then, those stores might have been classified at discount department stores, like Wal-Mart and Target are today. But if they weren't national chains, that might be the reason why, as you say, they were "trashy." National chains usually have housekeeping and cleanliness standards and policies.

I was called on the phone years ago to take a survey. I was asked silly question such as how many glasses of beer had I drank in the last seven days. Then they asked me the last time I visited an upscale department store. I said Wal-Mart, but was told that Wal-Mart didn't qualify as upscale. Stores like Dillard's and Neiman Marcus did.

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I remember the food court on the second level.

Which was trashier? Sage or Globe?

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I remember them both TOO well. The most overpowering memory is that of BURNT POPCORN cooked in rancid oil. Gag me! :wacko:

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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.

Sage was on the east side of the Gulf Freeway just south of Monroe. The building's still there and was remodeled as some sort of school a few years ago.

Every time I see (or smell) caramel popcorn I think of Sage. They had a popcorn stand just inside the exit doors, and we always stopped for a bag. It was usually still hot and gooey.

I remember shopping for school supplies there every year during the 1960s. I still have some bath towels we bought there in the early '70s. Needless to say, they're a bit worn now!

We never looked at the clothing there. We usually shopped for clothes at Sakowitz at Gulfgate or downtown Foley's.

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That was actualy a "Sage Drugs" which was an off-shoot of the Sage stores. Sage was the orignal "big box" store/mass merchandiser. It was the precursor in Houston to K-Mart and Walmart. Sage Drugs were smaller stores and were more in-line like a Walgreens.

You are correct. That is what I remember.

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That was actualy a "Sage Drugs" which was an off-shoot of the Sage stores. Sage was the orignal "big box" store/mass merchandiser. It was the precursor in Houston to K-Mart and Walmart. Sage Drugs were smaller stores and were more in-line like a Walgreens.

There was a "Globe" at Bellaire Blvd. and Hilcroft (it became a Fiesta store later). There was a Sage at 610 and Beechnut and a Builder's Square (now closed??) came to occupy that space later.

That particular Builders' Square, which occupied the old Sage building, closed a few years ago and was torn down. Then a Lowe's was built there in its place (at Beechnut and Loop 610).

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There was a Sage store at the corner of the Katy Freeway and West Belt (now Beltway 8). Later it became some kind of weird flea market - very seedy. It was closed for years and I think it has finally been torn down.

There was a Globe on Gessner across from Memorial City. It was torn down and Oshmans was built in the spot. I'm not sure what's there now - it may be part of Memorial City Hospital - sorry, Memorial Hermann.

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I remember the food court on the second level.

Sage (Monroe & 45S) always fascinated me as a child. It had that large & small staircase leading to the restaurant, above entrance. Had a rocket shaped gumball machine.(Times we lived in, everything was space-age related). Also had a very wide wooden staircase leading to a large loft, roped off storage area in the toy section.

I remember shopping for school supplies there every year during the 1960s.

They had good school supplies.

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Don't forget Fedmart which was along the same lines as Sage and Globe.

Oh God, I worked at the Fedmart (1980) where Mervyn's was and before was Globe on Woodridge-Gulfgate Mall.

Still have my name tag. :lol: Was red lettering with white background. Something like the sign...or opposite of.

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Vaguely remeber White's?

I think it was an Appliance Store? :ph34r:

WHITE'S

White's were similar to Western Auto's. These stores were independent and operated as "agencies". This business practice was an early version of a franchise. "Gibson's" was another one of these.

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White's were similar to Western Auto's. These stores were independent and operated as "agencies". This business practice was an early version of a franchise. "Gibson's" was another one of these.

They were pretty plain buildings says "Established in 1964" which coins it about right here in Houston. Apparently they are still around in some states! Whoa! :D

Gotta be certain on Google it sometimes give incorrect pics. I hope that is correct below. They did look sort of like this. One was definelty way over on Lyons's Avenue in Denver Harbor in the 60's.

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WOW! Blast from the past!

I remember sitting in the little kids booth that you put quarters into to watch reel to reel cartoons while my mom and sisters shopped at Sage. That AND the fresh made carmel corn.

Good times, good times!

OH, and always stopping at Wink's BBQ for lunch afterwards! It also is long gone. They had THE best ham sandwiches ever!

I remember Globe, too, but it doesn't hold nearly the same fond memories.

And the store on the East Freeway that is now a Fiesta.....between Federal and John Ralston Road. Can't believe that I don't remember the name. Gemco? Something co!

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WOW! Blast from the past!

I remember sitting in the little kids booth that you put quarters into to watch reel to reel cartoons while my mom and sisters shopped at Sage. That AND the fresh made carmel corn.

Good times, good times!

OH, and always stopping at Wink's BBQ for lunch afterwards! It also is long gone. They had THE best ham sandwiches ever!

I remember Globe, too, but it doesn't hold nearly the same fond memories.

And the store on the East Freeway that is now a Fiesta.....between Federal and John Ralston Road. Can't believe that I don't remember the name. Gemco? Something co!

It is Gemco. There was also one at North Freeway @ Airline across from Northline Mall, which is also now a Fiesta (or was the last time I was over there).

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i remember the grocery store at the sage on beechnut and 610 where you would put your groceries in a bin on a conveyor belt and then you would drive around and pick up your groceries instead of having to cart them all the way through the store. used to always get our school supplies at sage.

another one of their billboards

clark kent saved at sage - super man!

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Yes, I remember the GEMCO near Northline Mall on Airline. It was really a forerunner to what would become the 'superstore' model...we'd grocery shop there, there was an auto department and everything in between. My mother did a lot of sewing, and there was a huge fabric department there. And the toy section...'sigh'. You know, I got chills when I think of the massive amount of Mego superheroes and Shogun Warriors that were at that Gemco. Later, Star Wars...tons of Star Wars toys. I got my Kiss dolls from there.And another overpowering memory...popcorn and cherry ICEE's. There was a Sambo's in the parking lot...which later became a Sizzler. And to seal the deal on pop-culture merchandise perfection, there was a Toys R Us across the freeway. Northline Mall, A General Cinema, a Shakey's Pizza...all to the south. The Super GoKart track and arcade was directly behind the GEMCO.

And then, there was Astroworld....

and the Houston Oilers.

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Sage was on the east side of the Gulf Freeway just south of Monroe. The building's still there and was remodeled as some sort of school a few years ago.

I was young, but I remember the names Sage and Globe.

If Sage was at Monroe, then Globe must have been the one at Airport and the Gulf Fwy. I recall eating at the Sambo's in the parking lot on a few occasions (now a Denny's I think). My only memories of Globe are being entranced by a bunch of pachinko machines on the shelves.

I think that Globe became a Sam's for a while before turning into the Flea Market that it's been for the last decade or so.

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I was young, but I remember the names Sage and Globe.

If Sage was at Monroe, then Globe must have been the one at Airport and the Gulf Fwy. I recall eating at the Sambo's in the parking lot on a few occasions (now a Denny's I think). My only memories of Globe are being entranced by a bunch of pachinko machines on the shelves.

I think that Globe became a Sam's for a while before turning into the Flea Market that it's been for the last decade or so.

Actually the store at Airport was never a Globe. I think it was a Wilsons, or something like that. The only Globe I knew of along the Gulf Freeway was on Woodridge right across from Gulgate Mall. The Fed Mart I went to as a kid was at Mykawa and Griggs and the building it was in is where the Fiesta is. Fed Mart moved into the Globe at Gulfgate when Globe closed. After that Fed Mart closed and the building was torn down and a Mervyns was built there. The Airport store did become the original Sam's for the Southeat side on town and was in business there until they built the Sam's at Fuqua and 45 then it closed and moved to the new location.

I remember the Sage on the Gulf Freeway really well. I worked for almost four years during college at the Plank Company which was right across the street. It's now United Rentals. I bought my gas at the Sage, cashed my paychecks at Sage, and bought my beer at the Sage Liquor store. During the gas shortages of that period the guy who ran the Sage Gas Station would be closed all the time but since we bought all our gas for the company vehicles from him, he would let us sneek our cars over and fill up or if he was trying to be real sly we would walk over with gas cans and fill our cars five gallons at a time.

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OH, and always stopping at Wink's BBQ for lunch afterwards! It also is long gone. They had THE best ham sandwiches ever!

OMG, you remember Wink's?! smileybigeyes3.gif

I don't know if there were more than one, but we used to go to Wink's on Richey

in Pasadena for the best barbecue sandwiches ever! This building was pink, and

I recall walking past a pool table with my dad and brothers to pick up the sandwiches.

The place seemed fairly dark inside.

Sage was around at least til the mid70's cos I remember shopping there with Mom and

Dad in '74 at the one in South Houston. (There was also a nicely shaded putt-putt

golf place behind it, IIRC.) And I remember getting some cute summer tops at Fedmart

in 1979.

I bought lots of 45's at Globe in Pasadena in the early-mid 70's; some still have the sticker

on them (67 cents.) On the fourth of July 1968, we bought a swimming pool there.

And I remember the parking lot carnivals there every year.

Don't mind me, I'm just rambling! :D

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Actually the store at Airport was never a Globe. I think it was a Wilsons, or something like that. The only Globe I knew of along the Gulf Freeway was on Woodridge right across from Gulgate Mall. The Fed Mart I went to as a kid was at Mykawa and Griggs and the building it was in is where the Fiesta is. Fed Mart moved into the Globe at Gulfgate when Globe closed. After that Fed Mart closed and the building was torn down and a Mervyns was built there. The Airport store did become the original Sam's for the Southeat side on town and was in business there until they built the Sam's at Fuqua and 45 then it closed and moved to the new location.

I remember the Sage on the Gulf Freeway really well. I worked for almost four years during college at the Plank Company which was right across the street. It's now United Rentals. I bought my gas at the Sage, cashed my paychecks at Sage, and bought my beer at the Sage Liquor store. During the gas shortages of that period the guy who ran the Sage Gas Station would be closed all the time but since we bought all our gas for the company vehicles from him, he would let us sneek our cars over and fill up or if he was trying to be real sly we would walk over with gas cans and fill our cars five gallons at a time.

The store at Gulf Frwy & Airport was a "Gemco", before a Sams & a flea market.

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My first part-time high school job was as a box boy in the drug department of the old Sage Discount store at Beechnut and 610. I worked there for three years. It was originally a membership type store like Sam's and Costco are today. As I recall they dropped the annual membership fee somewhere down the line. Each department in the store was basically a separate entity with different ownership and management. Space within the store was leased to the different owners. As I recall they had the Beechnut store, one on I-10 (Katy Frwy), one on I-45 (Gulf Frwy), and one somewhere in Austin. I remember my boss talking to me about fixing me up with a job if I went to UT. Sage was pretty much the forerunner to Sam's complete with annual membership fees and door gaurds to check reciepts. They did not use item counts at the door, they had different colors of tape to put on all the bags each day. Everything needed a piece of tape on it to get out the door smoothly. I enjoyed working there. The last vestige of Sage that I know of in Houston is Arnes Warehouse on Studemont. That used to be the ownership and management of the Housewares Departments of Sage.

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We had a Globe, a Woolco, a K-Mart and a Gibson's in Baytown. I do remember the Sage stores and those ads. There are still some Gibson's Discount Centers around, including one in Kerrville.

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The Sage store at 1-45 & Monroe was intriguing to me, as a kid. Stairs leading to restaurant above entrance, toy section with stairs to storage area/attic looking thing in the middle of it, and a pet store w/ lots of aquariums, side/ back entrance. The school/ art supplies section was great, too.

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Sage included a gas station near the front-right-hand side (facing the store). I worked at the gas station at 16 years old, as well as a stint inside the department store as a porter. The location was on the east side of what is now called I-45 (we knew it as 75) about 100 yards southeast of the intersection of 75 and Monroe. Sage was walking distance from my childhood home on Glenlea (Gulf Freeway Oaks), and I would do exactly that - walk to work. I remember the upstairs snack bar inside the department store, and while working as a porter, I would have my lunch-break there. The grocery store section was on the south end, with the toy section being on the north end. Later, pretty much directly across 75 from Sage (on the west side of 75) was a Honda motorcycle dealership. There was a test track on the south side of the Honda dealership. My friends, brother, and I would ride our motorcycles on that track either after the dealership closed for the day or on Sundays. The Honda Dealership was replaced by a U-Haul dealership later on, and I worked there too around 17 or 18 years old. It was a great time to grow up in southeast Houston. :-)

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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!

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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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That Fiesta was a Globe originally.

 

Yes sir - I do recall that, but my question was concerning the store brand by the name of "Bright Yellow Wrap".

 

Does anyone else recall that brand, or possibly a store of that name?

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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.

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

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