Fresh from its success in San Antonio and Dallas and toward the beginning of a heavy expansion push, Albertsons established a move toward Houston in 1990 with a new store in Conroe, Texas, and existing stores in Louisiana. At the time yet, Albertsons did not have an "official" Houston division, but that would soon change. After dabbling in areas around Houston like College Station or east Texas, Albertsons moved full force into the Houston market in 1995, which was dominated by strong local regional Randalls, Kroger, the Food Lion-sized H-E-B Pantry concept (small but numerous), and ethnic food retailers. The area got its own distribution center in 1996 in Katy and its own division proper in January 2001. Albertsons stores grew to be numerous in the Houston area through a vast variety of neighborhoods. The stores were modern and large and a few even included outdoor lawn and garden departments. However, it wasn't to last. They weren't as cheap as H-E-B, weren't as large as Randalls, and weren't as well-established as Kroger.
In the end, heavy competition and bad locations did in Albertsons, as well as the integration problems of American Stores. In 2002, Albertsons pulled out of the Houston area and its suburbs. The Bryan-College Station stores and the Louisiana stores were spared, being sent to the Dallas-Fort Worth division (though the Louisiana stores went to Florida for a very short time). Two years later, what was left suffered another defeat when Albertsons pulled out of the New Orleans market. It went with Albertsons LLC in 2006 and continued on, with the last Bryan-College Station store closing in 2011. Two stores in Louisiana did open during this time, but it was clear their best years were behind them. In 2015, the Louisiana stores (now part of the "South" division) were realigned with the new Houston Division, created out of the old Texas Division of Safeway. Now joined with Randalls in Houston and Austin, the remaining stores were renumbered, which I have attempted to mark here.
While I did discover some of these my own (like #2797, truly a lucky break), a big hand goes to the following sources:
* Houston Historic Retail, for giving me inspiration to start this list for my own website (much of the list was built off of old store closings lists, not his, and the store numbering was based off of mine)
* This site for giving most of the remaining Texas locations with store numbers
* Louisiana Lightning for the LA stores and numbers
* Many of the rest (but not all) of the store numbers came with the assistance of Albertsons Florida Blog
Store # Address Shopping Center City St Zip Code County Store Info/History 2700 I'm not sure if there were any plans to have a store named #2700. 2701 301 S. College Avenue University Square College Station TX 77840 Brazos Opened in 1971 as a Skaggs Albertsons, rebranded to Skaggs Alpha Beta in 1979, then Jewel-Osco in 1991. Sold to Albertsons in 1992. Closed 11/97 in favor of #2758. Demolished in 2012. 2702 2205 Longmire Drive College Station TX 77845 Brazos Opened 1991, closed summer 2008. Partially demolished in late 2009 for Walmart expansion. The store numbering was likely given later. 2703 12555 Briar Forest Drive Houston TX Harris Opened 1995, closed April 2002. Became a Kroger. 2704 7430 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena TX 77505 Harris This hasn't been occupied since Albertsons left, which may have been at least 2001. 2705 7530 Westheimer Road Houston TX Harris Opened November 1995, closed April 2002. Building divided between REI and Linens N Things (later DSW). Neither take address today. 2706 4425 FM 1960 Houston TX 77068 Harris Converted to a 24 Hour Fitness after closure in circa 2001 (closed prior to pull-out). 2707 15875 FM 529 Houston TX 77092 Harris Opened 1995, now a Food Town. I don't think this was ever Kroger. 2708 10535 Jones Road Houston TX 77065 One of the first stores in the Houston area and moved c. 2000. Divided into smaller shops: there's Tuscany Village Salon and Cosmic Jump, but the rest is vacant. 2709 2950 College Drive Baton Rouge LA 70808 East Baton Rouge Currently open. 2710 11321 Florida Boulevard Baton Rouge LA 70815 East Baton Rouge Converted to a Super Saver (number unknown) but closed in 2006. 2711 7515 Perkins Road Essen Village Baton Rouge LA 70808 East Baton Rouge Currently open. Kept the Albertsons Express up to 2008. 2712 9650 Airline Highway Baton Rouge LA 70815 East Baton Rouge Currently open. Had Albertsons Express, but divested it in 2008. Renumbered to #712 after merger. 2713 15232 George O'Neal Rd. Baton Rouge LA East Baton Rouge Currently open. 2714 1801 West Thomas Hammond LA 70401 Tangipahoa Has been open since at least '98. 2715 2265 S. MacArthur Drive Alexandria LA 71301 Currently open though renumbered to #3215 after the Safeway merger. 2716 110 Gause Blvd. W. Slidell LA 70460 Sold to Sav-A-Center in 2004, which flipped the store to Rouses in 2007. 2717 4060 Ryan Street Lake Charles LA Currently open. 2718 1818 NE Evangeline Thwy. Northgate Mall Lafayette LA 70501 Opened 1998 as part of a redevelopment at Northgate Mall, and closed January 2012. 2719 4400 Ambassador Caffery Lafayette LA Currently open. 2720 2678 Johnston Street Lafayette LA Currently open. Renamed to #120 after merger. 2721 604 Hwy. 332 Lake Jackson TX 77566 Originally opened around 1985, sold to Randalls in 2002 but it closed in 2013, now vacant 2722 3955 Phelan Blvd Beaumont TX 77077 Now a rather large and upscale Market Basket. 2723 220 S. Loop 336 Conroe TX 77304 Opened around 1991, closed 2002, now Kroger 2724 3442 Palmer Hwy. Texas City TX 77590 Part of it is now Dollar Tree. Something took the rest of it (Goodwill?), but that's now vacant. Apparently a former Randalls later sold. 2725 111 North Timberland Drive Lufkin TX 75901 Now an H-E-B. 2726 525 S. Fry Road Katy TX 77450 Sold to Randalls, which presumably opened 2002. 2727 3517 N. Main St. Baytown TX 77521 Now a Food Town. It looks like it had an Albertsons Express, since removed. 2728 14625 Beechnut Street Houston TX 77083 Closed 2002, reopened in 2005 as World Food Warehouse. Most fixtures kept intact. 2729 10010 Cypresswood Drive Houston TX 77070 Opened 1996(?), closed 2002 and acquired by Kroger. Includes a full gas station built by Albertsons. 2730 19750 North Freeway Spring TX 77373 Divided between Conn's and Sears Outlet. While Sears Outlet takes the address, Conn's (19746 North Freeway) takes most of the space. 2731 4811 N. Highway 6 Missouri City TX 77489 Divided between Star Cinema Grill and TITLE Boxing Club (Star Cinema Grill takes the address). 2732 16811 El Camino Real Clear Lake TX 77085 Closed 2002, became H-E-B later that year. 2733 7506 FM 1960 East Atascocita TX 77346 Closed before 2001. 2734 3830 West Davis St. Conroe TX 77304 Reopened as Kroger after Albertsons pull-out in 2002. 2735 2250 Buckhorne Place The Woodlands TX 77380 Purchased and reopened by Randalls, presumably opening 2002 2736 151 N. Friendswood Drive Friendswood TX 77506 Reopened as Kroger in 2002. 2737 14500 Plank Road Baker LA 70714 Originally Kmart, Albertsons moved in sometime in the mid to late 1990s. It is believed to have closed in 2006. 2738 2851 Belle Chasse Hwy. Gretna LA 70056 Sold to Sav-A-Center in 2004, which flipped the store to Rouses in 2007. 2739 50 Park Place Covington LA 70433 Likely became Rouses in 2004, as it already was open as such by the time A&P sold out. 2740 4800 Highway 365 Port Arthur TX 77642 Has since been reopened as an H-E-B (closed 2002?) 2741 10251 Kempwood Houston TX 77043 Closed 2002, reopened in 2003 as an H-E-B (src: bizjournals). Gas stations still look very Albertsons Express-esque 2742 1630 Spencer Highway South Houston TX 77587 Closed 2002, reopened as H-E-B later that year. Closed in 2005 for conversion into "Mi Tienda", which opened 2006 2743 20851 FM 1485 W. New Caney TX 77357 Later Gerland's Food Fair, converted to Food Town 2744 250 S. FM 270 League City TX 77573 Closed 2002, now Kroger 2745 7121 Broadway Pearland TX 77581 Sold to Food Town (Lewis Food Town) in 2002 along with three others. 2746 I believe this was a cancelled Baton Rouge store. See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2747 15128 Airline Highway Baton Rouge LA East Baton Rouge Opened January 2001. Built with a Lawn & Garden center (now liquor) and an Albertsons Express (now Valero) 2748 1603 N. Airline Highway Gonzales LA East Baton Rouge Converted to Super Saver before closing for good (likely 2006). The building is still vacant, but they built a Walgreens in front of it. 2749 8950 Greenwell Springs Road Baton Rouge LA East Baton Rouge Converted to Super Saver before closing for good (likely 2006). The building is appears to be a medical supply company, but they built a RaceTrac in front of it that uses the address. 2750 4857 Government Street Baton Rouge LA Still open. 2751 1890 FM 359 Richmond TX 77469 Converted to Randalls after Albertsons pull-out in 2002. 2752 4303 Kingwood Drive Kingwood TX 77339 Closed 2002 and reopened as H-E-B in June 2003 which maintained most of its facade. Closed October 2016 when H-E-B built a new store. 2753 9725 Fondren Houston TX 77096 Now Lewis Food Town. One of four to be re-open as Food Town soon after. 2754 8000 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands TX 77380 Sold to Kroger. 2755 9525 S. Kirkwood Road Houston TX 77099 Closed 2002 and reopened as a Kroger, which closed around 2005. Now Food Town. 2756 1210 Albertson Parkway Broussard LA Still open. 2757 2770 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W. Houston TX Harris Sold to Food Town. 2758 615 University Drive East College Station TX Brazos Opened 1991 as a Randalls, closed and sold to Albertsons, which opened it in November 1997. Closed October 2011. 2759 1838 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. Pasadena TX Originally Randalls, sold to Albertsons in 1997 2760 1500 W. Grand Parkway S. Katy TX Sold to Kroger. 2761 11701 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. Houston TX 77089 Sold to Kroger. 2762 18322 Clay Road Houston TX 77084 Sold to Randalls in 2002. Their current number is coincidentally "2672", go figure 2763 4750 Spring Cypress Spring TX 77379 Around 2012 after being a vacant for a decade (closed 2002), part of it became a drivers license facility with a slight change in address (4740) 2764 1421 Beglis Parkway Sulphur LA 70663 Sold to Kroger, retains Albertsons "Food" and "Pharmacy" signs 2765 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2766 9125 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. Houston TX 77061 Closed 2002 and reopened as a Kroger. Included an Albertsons Express, which is still run by Kroger. 2767 1740 Baronne Street New Orleans LA 70113 Unbuilt, an apartment complex called "The Muses" ended up being built instead. Address listed is apartment complex. 2768 5620 West Tidwell Houston TX 77059 Closed February 2002. Later reopened as a Kroger, but it didn't last more than a few years afterward. An Albertsons Express was on the other side of the tracks, now "Fuel Depot". 2769 12603 Louetta Road Houston TX Converted into a variety of smaller shops 2770 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2771 5696 Highway 1 Bypass Natchitoches LA 71457 Sold to Brookshire's possibly around in 2002. Possibly the northern-most Houston division store. 2772 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2773 1770 East T.C. Jester Pkwy. Houston TX 77008 Opened late 1999 or early 2000. Became Heights Self Storage after closure, parking lot partially removed. Around April 2016, became "LifeStorage" 2774 3502 Williams Blvd. Kenner LA From existing evidence, it appears this store opened in the late 1990s or early 2000s on the site of a former Canal Villere, but closed in 2004 and replaced by a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market by 2006. 2775 2863 Ambassador Caffery Lafayette LA Built in 2002 with a Lawn & Garden (now Liquor) store. Renumbered to #775 after merger. 2776 14060 FM 2920 Tomball TX Unbuilt, opened as Kroger. Looks like it was offered as surplus as early as 2000. 2777 3135 FM 528 Friendswood TX Now a Kroger. Likely sold in 2002 with others. 2778 5807 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. New Forest Crossing Houston TX Divided into a Big Lots (5807) and 99¢ Only Stores (5809). A garden center originally existed, though it was demolished for a Payless ShoeSource. 2779 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2780 7747 Kirby Drive Houston TX Closed in 2002 and sold to Kroger. Retains old Food and Pharmacy signs 2781 19900 Southwest Freeway Houston TX Unbuilt, eventually opened as an H-E-B 2782 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2783 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2784 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2785 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2786 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2787 12434 Texas State Highway 249 Houston TX 77086 Unbuilt, was built as a Kroger Signature store. 2788 11565 Texas State Highway 6 Sugar Land TX Sold to Kroger. 2789 5151 Lapalco Blvd. Marrero LA 70072 Now Fort Knox Self Storage, but originally a Schwegmann (likely closed in 1999). Internet records refer to this store's pharmacy, so it did open (if briefly). The massive square footage (over 100k square feet) suggests that Albertsons only occupied a portion of the building. 2790 12400 FM 1960 West Houston TX 77065 Harris Opened 2000, closed 2002, acquired by Kroger 2791 12466 Interstate 45 Frontg. Rd. Willis TX 77378 Opened 2001 as an Albertsons but closed about a year later. Reopened as Kroger, but closed after a new Kroger Marketplace was built across the road. 2792 9960 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge LA 70810 East Baton Rouge Currently open. 2793 3400 Tulane Avenue New Orleans LA 70119 Now a Goodwill 2794 8745 Spring Cypress Spring TX 77379 Sold to Kroger. Sometime around 2015 Kroger expanded the store by about 50%. 2795 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2796 1901 Texas Avenue S. Townshire Bryan TX Brazos Opened 2002 as part of a shopping center redevelopment. Closed summer 2006, reopened as Walmart Neighborhood Market in summer 2013, which closed January 2016. Gas station built and reopened as independent before Walmart opened. 2797 301 S. College Avenue University Square College Station TX 77840 Brazos Unbuilt. Would've renovated and reopened #2701 as "Albertsons University Market". 2798 2750 Country Club Road Lake Charles LA 2799 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2801 Gause Blvd. and I-10 Slidell LA Unbuilt, Albertsons had planned to redevelop a former Wal-Mart here 2802 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2803 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2804 Bizarrely, this number is now in use for a Las Vegas Albertsons. 2805 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2806 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2807 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2808 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2809 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2810 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2811 FM 1960 West and Ella Blvd. Houston TX Unbuilt, Albertsons would've been built on the southeast corner 2812 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2813 See "Unknown Numbers" below. 2814 3450 US 190 Mandeville LA Opened around 2000-2001 in a former Delchamps Premier and sold the store to Sav-A-Center in 2004. Albertsons reopened the store after Sav-A-Center's demise in 2009 but it closed in 2015 for F21 Red and Whole Foods Market. 2815 1951 Barataria Blvd. Marrero LA Former Delchamps which Albertsons moved into after closing #2789, closed 2004, now a grocery store called "The Budget Saver" 2816 2817 2818 2819 6616 FM 1488 Magnolia TX Unbuilt, Albertsons had already given up on this plot circa 2001 and was trying to sell it. 27?? Hooper and Joor Road Baton Rouge LA Albertsons planned to build here in 1998 and ultimately pulled out (Walmart NM is building). Likely #2746. 27FH 6350 Eldridge Parkway Houston TX Unbuilt, opened as Kroger even though construction had started as Albertsons. 27FG Dairy Ashford and Westpark Rd. Houston TX Unbuilt. Now home to a Walgreens and small shopping center.