Friday, December 19, 2014

Scoates Hall

Placeholder. Due to me ending the blog on Dec/21, it will be posted at a later date.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Zachry Engineering Center: End of an Era

We'll be exploring this one soon enough.

I was intending to have the off-site link ready for you when you read this, but I ended up not finishing it in time. Blame finals.

Check back soon...this one will have VIDEO!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Northpoint Crossing

It's only fair that I do this token attempt (a photo!), since I've been building up to it for a few years now.

I don't "owe" it to my readers since I don't owe you anything, but here it is: real pictures of Northpoint Crossing for your amusement. While it was designed to be an urban mixed-use destination, due to the limited parking and somewhat awkward location, there aren't very many retail tenants here, and it's doubtful they'd survive either. Construction began in 2013 about a year after the demise of the Plaza Hotel and opened -for residents- in 2014.

Right now, there will be just four more new posts: three of them will mostly redirect to off-site links, and the final one to conclude a grand finale to the blog. And that will be it. Well, unless someone wants to take control and "uncancel" the blog. However, the chance of that is unlikely.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

4300 Texas Avenue

The building in its original form. Courtesy John Ellisor.

Just across from the Luby's, we had the first local location of Piggly Wiggly (owned by Six Star Foods locally, at least in the latter days). First opened in 1963, I can't nail down when it exactly it closed.

After Piggly Wiggly left, part of the store was reopened as a discount grocery store, Jewel T. Owned by the same company running the Jewel-Osco stores in the Chicago area (and a play on the name "Jewel Tea", their original name), Jewel-T was a discount store reportedly similar to Aldi and took residence in older-generation grocery stores. Unfortunately, details are sparse on this elusive store. It didn't last long. In 1984, The Jewel Companies were bought by American Stores, and Jewel T was sold off to Save-a-Lot, but the Texas division was bought by Grand Prairie-based Shop-N-Sav and renamed Texas-T.

In 1994, Texas-T was bought from them by Save-a-Lot's parent company, SuperValu, and converted to Save-a-Lot (the rest of the Texas T stores were) before closing for good a few years later. It's not surprising if Save-a-Lot closed soon after, a failed stand in College Station is pretty much forgotten (and hey, that was an old Piggly Wiggly, too!)

If I have my chronology right, while the space on the right (suite B) became Jacque's Toys & Games in 1986, while the left location (suite A) later became Brazos Valley Christian Books and later Pack & Mail, which closed in the latter part of the 2000s. It's now been subdivided once more, as you can see in my pictures.

It's important to note that although Piggly Wiggly was at 4300 Texas Avenue, but while the shopping center is still that, none of the stores have that address. One more story to tell: the Brazos Natural Foods store was here since 1988, and has long been a purveyor of organic and gluten free items long before the mainstream supermarkets had them.

As you may know, Jewel-Osco did operate in College Station as well at a time. While that's been discussed here before, I'd like to introduce you to Safeway/Albertsons Texas Blog, which actually will showcase some of the stores Safeway, Albertsons, and Randalls have had over the years. Check it out!