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Grocery wars

Trader Joe's Houston takeover continues: Another new store opens — and it's not cramped

By Whitney Radley

Didn't find what you needed at Kroger, Randalls, Whole Foods Market or the Valero Corner Store, or the H-E-B or Rice Epicurean just down the road? Fear not, Memorial-area residents: A Trad ...


CultureMap Video

Secrets of the new Trader Joe's: Exclusive tour shows how Alabama Theater's movie magic is honored

By Tyler Rudick

With the clock ticking toward its official debut on Friday morning, the new Trader Joe's on Shepherd was teeming with activity during CultureMap's preview tour. Employees arranged ...


The Final Countdown

New Trader Joe's looks historic: A sneak peek at Alabama Theater's vintage transformation

By Tyler Rudick

When we visited the Alabama Theater, at least three potential Trader Joe's employees asked where they could drop off applications — one of the many signs of the gourmet grocery store ...


gourmet redux

Houston's new Trader Joe's takes its next step: Historic Alabama Theater gets a grocery look

By Tyler Rudick

As traces of the Alabama Theater continue to fade, Weingarten Realty revealed Friday that marquee on the old movie house will be getting its official Trader Joe's signage in the next three ...


Closer To Grocery Heaven

The new look of the Alabama Theater Trader Joe's is revealed and the opening is almost here

By Tyler Rudick

As crews retrofit the vintage Alabama Theater marquee with energy-efficient LED lights, Weingarten real estate reps announced that west entrance of the former movie house on Shepherd is about to ge ...


First H&M, now.....

Trader Joe's confirms three Houston locations are on the way

By Whitney Radley

Buzz and rumors have surrounded the on-again, off-again plans for a Trader Joe's in the historic Alabama Theater for months, as well as plans for two other Houston locations. Although there ...


History? . . . what history?

A shell of its old self: Exclusive photos inside Alabama Theater reveal true extent of Trader Joe's clearing

By Tyler Rudick

No, there's not much left of the Alabama Theater's old art-deco interior, as a group of about 10 workers cleared out debris on Friday in preparation for Houston's inaugural Trader ...


Video Tale

A night in Houston 50 years ago: Rare footage provides a fascinating look at city's rollicking neon era

By Sarah Rufca

It's one thing to cruise Houston and see the landmarks that have been a part of the city for decades. But it's even more fascinating to get a glimpse of the streets as they were 50 years ag ...


Hey, another grocery store!

The Woodlands vs. the Alabama Theater: Trader Joe's silently weighs its options (and rumors)

By Fayza A. Elmostehi

Houston, we finally have proof positive that good things come to those who wait. The rumors flew when foodies speculated that the wildly popular alternative grocery store Trader Joe's would ...


Real Estate Round-up

Old palace theaters saved in the South: Will Houston join in before everything's gone with the wind?

By Ralph Bivins

Pace Concerts founder Allen Becker, a legend in Houston’s entertainment scene, understands the importance of great amusement palaces. Becker and his partners have a mission to save some o ...


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