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Familiar Houston grocery chain shutters yet another local store

Familiar Houston grocery chain shutters yet another local store

Randalls store exterior
Randalls has closed its seventh store.  Photo courtesy of ABC13

A once-beloved grocery chain has announced the shutter of its seventh local store.

The Randalls at North Fry and Morton roads in Katy will close and be sold to El Rancho Supermercado, according to the Houston Chronicle. The popular, fast-growing Hispanic grocery chain entered the Houston market earlier this year.

The move comes after store closures in Montrose, Garden Oaks, Stafford, Cypress, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land stores. The shutter means there are only 22 locations in Houston — down from 51 in 2005. No further closings are planned at this time, a Randalls spokesperson tells the Chronicle

"Closing an underperforming store is always a tough decision, but sometimes a necessary step to position the company for greater success and growth," a Randalls spokesperson said in an earlier statement.

Randalls opened its first Houston-area store in 1966. The chain became a local favorite with its throwback, family-friendly appeal.