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Does anyone on here know the history of Orlando Supermarket located on 6806 W Montgomery Rd, Houston, TX 77091? All I've found is that Marvin Zhindler did a report on it way back in the days because of the R and the D being blown off by a storm and not being replaced the store has since changed owners and has been known as O-Lan-O ever since. It would be even cooler if some one had old photos of it.

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I do remember as a kid back in the 80's Orlando ads in the news paper. but it's been a long time.

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36 minutes ago, dbigtex56 said:

I've been meaning to go there. Word is that they have some of the best links, boudin, and meats of all kinds to be found in Houston.
4.4 out of 5 stars on Google, based on 700 reviews.

Never tried the links but there hamburgers are very good..

 

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Not that this is the least bit interesting but....

When I visited my uncle in Rice Military, as a kid,  I would usually walk to the Lucky 7 Birdsall Supermarket at 231 Birdsall (now multiple townhomes since about 2003) to pass the time, get candy, etc

BTW. His house was also replaced with 2 townhomes in 1998-ish.

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1 hour ago, dbigtex56 said:

IIRC, the Hyde Park Grocery (Fairview @ Taft, currently Cuchara) was  a Lucky 7 store, as was Ventura's Market (on W. Alabama - since demolished).

I love the Google time line too bad it only goes back to 2007.  Man Taft has changed a lot since I've visited it, use to go have pizza at the Midnight Pie.

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34 minutes ago, gnu said:

Not that this is the least bit interesting but....

When I visited my uncle in Rice Military, as a kid,  I would usually walk to the Lucky 7 Birdsall Supermarket at 231 Birdsall (now multiple townhomes since about 2003) to pass the time, get candy, etc

BTW. His house was also replaced with 2 townhomes in 1998-ish.

 

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34 minutes ago, gnu said:

Not that this is the least bit interesting but....

When I visited my uncle in Rice Military, as a kid,  I would usually walk to the Lucky 7 Birdsall Supermarket at 231 Birdsall (now multiple townhomes since about 2003) to pass the time, get candy, etc

BTW. His house was also replaced with 2 townhomes in 1998-ish.

I'm so sick of cookie cutter town homes. I wish it would stop already.

Just out of curiosity, when did Luck 7 go out of business? I can't find anything online about them.

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On 2/27/2020 at 6:55 PM, Specwriter said:

There was a Lucky 7 at the corner of Airline Drive and Gulf Bank. I don't remember the actual name (Firebird probably does) but it was owned by the Io (ee-oh) family.

I missed this when it was originally posted. That would have been the Fairway Food Center, and the family that owned it was indeed the Iio family (with two 'i's). I've lost the attribution for the attached photo, but I think it was uploaded to a Facebook group by one of the Iio children.

 

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On 12/17/2021 at 4:14 PM, mkultra25 said:

I missed this when it was originally posted. That would have been the Fairway Food Center, and the family that owned it was indeed the Iio family (with two 'i's). I've lost the attribution for the attached photo, but I think it was uploaded to a Facebook group by one of the Iio children.

 

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This image was probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s from looking at the automobiles. There was a more modern building which looked like it may have been built in the early 1960s. It is the only one I remember since I too was "built" in the early '60s. 🙂 Thanks for a catching my misspelling of Iio as well.

We rarely went shopped at the store. My mother's preferred was the Randall's in the Northtown shopping center (I-45 at Tidwell) or the Henke's (later Kroger)  at i-45 and W. Mt. Houston.

Someone please correct or clarify this but I think Lucky 7 was a confederation of independent grocers who were able to get competitive pricing from suppliers by combining their orders.

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18 hours ago, Specwriter said:

This image was probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s from looking at the automobiles. There was a more modern building which looked like it may have been built in the early 1960s. It is the only one I remember since I too was "built" in the early '60s. 🙂 Thanks for a catching my misspelling of Iio as well.

We rarely went shopped at the store. My mother's preferred was the Randall's in the Northtown shopping center (I-45 at Tidwell) or the Henke's (later Kroger)  at i-45 and W. Mt. Houston.

Someone please correct or clarify this but I think Lucky 7 was a confederation of independent grocers who were able to get competitive pricing from suppliers by combining their orders.

I've seen a 1960s-era photo of the building before, but don't have it at hand and wasn't able to find it online. 

Our family's go-to grocery stores were the W. Mt. Houston Henke's/Kroger, once it opened in late 1966, and the Piggly Wiggly on the other side of I-45. In later years we'd sometimes patronize the Safeway on Gulf Bank and the Randall's in Deauville Plaza. I also remember an A&P in the Northtown center but am drawing a blank on Randall's there.  

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1 hour ago, mkultra25 said:

I've seen a 1960s-era photo of the building before, but don't have it at hand and wasn't able to find it online. 

Our family's go-to grocery stores were the W. Mt. Houston Henke's/Kroger, once it opened in late 1966, and the Piggly Wiggly on the other side of I-45. In later years we'd sometimes patronize the Safeway on Gulf Bank and the Randall's in Deauville Plaza. I also remember an A&P in the Northtown center but am drawing a blank on Randall's there.  

The Randall's in Northtown also opened around 1966. It may have replaced something that was previously there are been part of an addition. The shopping center was L-shaped with a Grant's in the middle. The Randall's was along that leg that stretched toward the freeway access road. I cannot remember if Mom ever shopped at the Safeway nor the Piggly Wiggly though I know our next door neighbor did patronize the latter. Notably those two stores were the most convenient to my parents' house in Hidden Valley.

In the early 70's my father went to work for (ironically) Lucky Stores. That was a California-based company that owned the Gemco Department stores and Eagle grocery stores like the one on the southeast corner of Little York and Airline so Mom saw incentive to shop at Gemco for groceries. It could have been confusing if Lucky from California  used that name in Texas. It was probably the desire to avoid a lawsuit that the stores were called "Eagle."

For those not old enough to remember the Gemco on the north side of Houston was in the building that houses the Fiesta where Airline crosses the North Freeway.

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