Monday, September 1, 2014
Back in 2013, I wrote about Alta Vista Christian Academy, which included a bit about the west part of Rock Prairie Road and mentioned these, some stables that had been on the road (originally Gandy Road) for a number of years. A few years ago, the land went up for sale on this one, and I knew I had to act fast: because a month ago or so, the city had revealed Equinox subdivision, which would eventually become "The Revelry Townhomes". And that's when I took these pictures. Diamond T seems to have opened in the early 1990s. Google Earth shows them there in 1995 and my 1998 phone book lists it, but the 1993 ones (and earlier) do not. Soon after I took these, the entire property was completely torn down and construction on the new development began. The Diamond T Storage next door continues to live on, though, but for how long is anyone's guess.
3270 Rock Prairie Road West (Gandy Road)
Updated 11.15 with new title, slightly updated information, and other minor changes.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This post was originally title "The Development of Rock Prairie Road" and includes, in the comments, the text dump of an old post on Southwood Athletic Park. On July 31, 2014, an overhaul of the post was done when it was re-opened as a commentary on gas stations.
12727 FM 2154
Soon after Rock Prairie Road extended to Wellborn in or around 1997 came an Exxon station at 12727 FM 2154 (in 1998) with an A&W restaurant, if I recall correctly. Well, that didn't last too long (I seem to remember A&W, but it somehow managed to miss the phone books) which later became Sonic around 2001-2002. After Sonic moved about five years later, it became Taco Casa. The renovation was cheap, you could see the Sonic-style canopies well after it departed (the red and yellow seemed to be "close enough" for Taco Casa's yellow and orange). Taco Casa closed about five years after taking over Sonic's space. A few were disappointed by Taco Casa's exit from the gas station (and the area), but it eventually returned as a stand-alone store (in Bryan).
The Taco Casa was then renovated to be a Little Caesar's. It offered drive-through and only had a walk-up counter in the store, but you could still enter between the convenience store and the Little Caesar's (certainly gives "gas station pizza" a better name, marginally at the least).
The gas station itself has a small area to the right of the convenience store (the restaurant is to the left) that sells liquor and cigars. It used to have an exterior exit but can only be done through the convenience store now.
Some years after the Exxon opened (we're talking about 2003 now), a Shell (12667 FM 2154) opened with Lajita's Grill and some sort of barbecue/meat market called Oxbow Smokehouse. It was located on 12815 Wellborn Road. Lajita's Grill eventually became Mi Cocina, which eventually was forced to become Polly's Cocina circa late 2009/early 2010, as they were sued by a company with a similar name, similar to what happened to a place called "Doug's Ace Hardware" up in Villa Maria that was later named "Doug's Hardware" before disappeared altogether (it's now Enercon). Polly's Cocina is the last remnant of the local Mi Cocina but has declined from the original Mi Cocina on Southgate.
One of the big-ticket items that the Shell offered was Krispy Kreme donuts, which most of the Shells offered around 2004. Unfortunately, it didn't last too long after a disappointing entrance (Shipley's held an iron grip on the donut market, and the Krispy Kreme donuts weren't made fresh there. Coupled with corporate problems and unfortunate timing, like the Atkins Diet craze, which would hit its height soon after, KK disappeared from the Shells within a few years, if even that. The new Rattler's Shell that opened at Holleman and Harvey Mitchell in late, late December 2004 did not offer Krispy Kreme donuts.), and now Shell instead offers "Sub Express" inside. I may venture a guess that since Max Express, the convenience store in there, had a store at the Texaco at Welsh and Southwest Parkway, that this may have been designed to be a Texaco originally.
Originally, before the Wellborn widening, there were some grimy open ditches in front of the gas stations, but that all went away in the widening as well. Finally, it's worth noting that these gas stations were in the national spotlight (if briefly) when this unfortunate incident happened.
For more on Rock Prairie Road, check out
Alta Vista Christian Academy and McDonald's-Blockbuster.