Apologies for the incompleteness of this page. This is very much a work in progress. Over 50 years ago, Randalls opened for the first time with the acquisition of other stores. With the 50th Anniversary of Randalls, I've decided to make this page listing every Randalls store in history. The column marked "R" is the original numbering as given by Randalls. The "S" is the Safeway numbering. To begin, there needs to be a brief history.
Randalls was founded as a new supermarket out of the Minimax stores (from what I can tell, Minimax was a sort of grocer's cooperative) in 1966, and established itself as a "better" grocery store, slightly more expensive than competitors but with quality in mind and great perishable departments. Unfortunately, the purchase of Cullum Companies, which operated the similar Tom Thumb in Dallas, left the company struggling with debt. It started to close as many stores as it opened, and in 1999, the company was sold to Safeway.
Unfortunately, while Safeway kept the Randalls name and adopted some of its policies, like gas stations at stores, the goal was to make Randalls a Safeway in all but name, and it showed. Safeway significantly altered the product mix of stores to make it in-line with their stores out west and dramatically cut expenses. With services deteriorating and product mix altered, shoppers left Randalls in droves for its competitors.
To make matters worse, all this happened at a time when H-E-B started to build full-line stores in town, which DID have good merchandising that Randalls now lacked. By 2014, Randalls' market share was now a fraction of what it had been before Safeway and a market pull-out seemed imminent, especially what had just happened with Dominick's in Chicago. This was halted when Albertsons came in. While Albertsons hasn't restored Randalls to its former glory, it has opened one store and has plans to build another, as well as allowing the chain to turn 50. Here's to another 50 years!
The numbering of the chain's stores was initially counting up from #1 and numbers were not reused (with the exception of #1, interestingly). Stores were added chronologically, anything prior to #10 is pre-1980, we start getting into New Generation stores around #50, and finally the late 1990s caps off with stores in the high 60s (you can really see how much the chain grew dramatically in the 1980s and then almost grinding to a halt in the early 1990s after the Tom Thumb acquisition), but I can't see rhyme or reason to Safeway's numbering. It almost looks like they continued with the last two digits of Randalls, as the stores were renamed to but there are overlapping numbers.
As of this writing, this is the third page. Updates include:
* A few more Austin-area stores were added as well as fixing an error.
* The sad closure of the Division has been mentioned.
* Fixed location of Jamail's.
* Finally fixed the paragraphs above with proper line breaks.
* The reveal of #55 being Humble all but confirms that #53 is in fact College Station, which explains why it wasn't in the 1994 phone book (not in Houston) or 1999 online (already closed), plus it was 1991 not 1992 which would not make it #57.
* An error regarding the locations of Kingwood's Randalls was fixed (#1057 IS #57) with the 2000 store added.
* Went back and changed a lot of the street names to proper abbreviations or full names.
* Updates to #20 made.
* A few little changes here and there to add more information to entries.
* Made the list look more like the other Albertsons lists.
The second version of this page had updated:
* #1 originally did have a different location.
* #5, #9, #16, and #19 were not found in the 1974 directory either. Previously, this was recorded as being not found in 1982.
* #6 updated. It looks like #40 was replaced with #69 (#40 has been added).
* #14 has an (*) under its Safeway numbering to indicate that it changed store numbers under Safeway.
* #52 was added. This was the Pasadena store that was sold to Albertsons.
* #54 was updated. It was Jamail's after all. However, yet it wasn't--it was moved from within the shopping center.
* #17 was revealed to be the Conroe Randalls via the same source that gave me numbers for Houston's Albertsons.
* #55 was revealed to be a short-lived Humble store (former Fiesta) and #40 was the store that MOVED to a former Fiesta.
* #70 was updated (RIP).
* Main sources for this list included the 1982 phone book, an archived version of Randalls' website (c. 1999) and selected Yellow Pages on Microfilms (including 1974, 1982, 1990, and 1994).
* A few Austin stores were added. Yes, I know I lack many of the Austin stores and a few of the Safeway-built stores.
|Randalls #||Safeway #||Address||City||Notes|
|1||11071 Northwest Freeway||Houston||Closed and replaced a few years after Safeway took over (the store was still open in 2001). Interestingly, #1 moved from the real #1 at a shopping center at Mangum and 43rd fairly early on.|
|2||5550 North Freeway||Houston||Now 99 Cents Only Stores, unknown closure (still open in 1982)|
|3||11621 Katy Freeway||Houston||Now DaVita Dialysis Center (unknown closure)|
|4||9448 Long Point Road||Houston||Half of the store is Seoul Garden today. Appears to have closed in 1987 and replaced by #39.|
|5||Not listed in 1974 phone book. It may have closed prior.|
|6||235 West FM 1960||Houston||I believe this closed in the 1980s and replaced by #40. Vacant today, looks like.|
|7||11815 Wilcrest Drive||Houston||Now Office Depot and dd's discounts (unconfirmed)|
|8||10960 Westheimer Road||Houston||Now Office Depot (presumably closed late 1980s and replaced by #47).|
|9||Not listed in 1974 phone book. It may have closed prior.|
|10||17410 Hempstead Road (Northwest Freeway)||Houston||Now Spec's (partly), likely closed late 1990s.|
|11||1011||14610 Memorial Drive||Houston||Former Handy Andy|
|12||1012||5219 W. FM 1960||Houston||Former Handy Andy|
|13||1013||1407 South Voss Road||Houston||Former Handy Andy, closed summer 2013 and replaced with Whole Foods Market (rebuilt)|
|14||*||9660 Westheimer Road||Houston||Former Handy Andy, renamed to 3014 after Safeway purchase and later torn down and replaced for a new store (#2961).|
|15||6806 Highway 6 South||Houston||Closed 2005, now dd's Discounts, Harbor Freight Tools, others|
|16||Not listed in 1982 phone book. Given that #17 turned out to be Conroe, it's possible that this store was in the outskirts of Houston.|
|17||1017||1414 N. Loop 336||Conroe||Closed 2002 for a new location and became an Academy Sports + Outdoors. When the new store opened, this was implied to have opened in 1981.|
|18||10828 Beechnut Street||Houston||I'm not sure when it closed but it has been sub-divided into Ultra Beauty Supply, Dollar General, and Melrose.|
|19||7098 Bissonnet Street||Houston||Closed fall 2005. Now Fitness Connection. This is the last listing in the 1982 directory.|
|20||7055 Highway 6 North||Houston||Closed May 2012. Now Total Wine & More (former Goody Goody Liquor until May 2017), Sprouts Farmers Market (takes main entrance and expanded area), and Five Below. The numbering for these stores (pre-Safeway) from this until noted are derived from the pre-Safeway Randalls website.|
|21||3346 Highway 6 South||Houston||I believe this was branded Flagship for a while.|
|22||1022||11711 West Bellfort||Stafford|
|23||8787 West Bellfort||Houston||Not listed in the 2005 closures, but was on the market as of late 2006.|
|24||1603 Cartwright Road||Missouri City||Now a Foodarama. Still extant as of 2000.|
|25||13350 Jones Road||Houston||Closed 2005.|
|26||16616 Champions Forest Drive||Spring||Now Fitness Connection. Not listed in 2005 closures, but Internet records still turn it up.|
|27||923 S. Mason Road||Katy||Now Pump It Up. Not listed in 2005 closures. I assume it was replaced with #70 in the late 1990s.|
|28||19734 Saums Rd.||Houston||Now 24 Hour Fitness.|
|29||11021 Fuqua Street||Houston||Closed 2005. Now Foodarama.|
|30||570 El Dorado Blvd.||Webster||Closed 2005. Now Food Town.|
|31||1031||2931 Central City Ave.||Galveston|
|32||4802 Fairmont Parkway||Pasadena||Closed 2005. Appears to be still vacant.|
|33||4033||5586 Weslayan Street||Houston||Explicitly noted as flagship in 1998 directory|
|34||7320 Antoine Drive||Houston||Closed 2005, now a Foodarama.|
|35||1035||9503 Jones Road||Houston||Closed Jan. 2010, renovated into an H-E-B a few years later.|
|36||4880 Louetta Road||Spring||Closed 2005 and sub-divided between Goodwill and Dollar Tree. The center portion appears to have been never re-occupied.|
|37||536 Sawdust Road||Houston||Closed late 2002 or early 2003 when it relocated to a former Albertsons.|
|38||23824 Highway 59 North||Houston||Closed in November 2000 when it relocated to 600 Kingwood Drive.|
|39||1302 Blalock Road||Houston||Opened 1987, presumably replacing #4 (9448 Long Point Road). It closed 2005 and became a Super H Mart in 2008.|
|40||70 West FM 1960||Houston||I believe this closed in 1998 with #69, allegedly moved due to highway construction (or so they say). Whatever the case, it is now Workforce Solutions.|
|41||1041||4800 West Bellfort Avenue||Houston|
|42||5101 Avenue H||Rosenberg||At some point, Randalls moved to Pecan Grove and Kroger moved in around 1998 which closed in 2009. Planet Fitness may have since moved in a portion of it.|
|43||3501 Garth Road||Baytown||Divided between a 24 Hour Fitness and a Goodwill.|
|44||Not listed in 1999 online store directory.|
|45||Not listed in 1999 online store directory.|
|46||Not listed in 1999 online store directory.|
|47||1247||11041 Westheimer Road||Houston||* Opened 1989 and closed 2014.|
* First New Generation store.
* A newspaper article mentions that this was Randalls' 40th store, despite the #47 store number.
* It also mentions that it was an expanded former Safeway.
* In 2016, it re-opened as a Whole Foods which downsized the space back to 45k square feet from the ~70k square foot store it was before.
|48||3048||2075 Westheimer Road||Houston||Opened December 1989 or January 1990 (reports vary) as a Flagship store (still branded as such)|
|49||3126 FM 528||Friendswood||Opened August 1989 but closed fall 2005. Now Texas School of Business - Friendswood Campus and Dollar Tree.|
|50||14705 Woodforest Drive||Houston||Now the main offices for Galena Park Independent School District. Appears to have closed prior to 2005 but opened around 1990.|
|51||2051||20905 South Shore Blvd.||League City|
|52||1830 East Sam Houston Parkway South||Pasadena||Opened circa 1991 and sold to Albertsons in 1997.|
|53||--||615 University Drive East||College Station||Opened 1991 and closed 1997 and sold to Albertsons, which closed in 2011.|
|54||3054||4775 W. Panther Creek Drive||The Woodlands||The replacement store to the former Jamail's (not the store on Kirby or even the convenience store in Uptown). The original store is actually now The Woodlands Children's Museum (formerly a Sears Hardware). This opened around 1992.|
|55||98xx FM 1960 Bypass||Humble||* Fiesta operated this from October 1990 to January 1992, the first Fiesta to ever close.|
* It was purchased in 1992 shortly after Fiesta closed but Randalls didn't have much better luck with it.
* By January 1995 it was already closed again.
* Later it became Academy Sports + Outdoors and Ross for Dress until Academy moved in 2011.
* After Academy's closure it became Goody Goody Liquor (main section) and Boot Barn (west part).
* Evidence shows that Randalls and later Safeway held a long-term lease on this many years after pulling out: source
* Goody Goody Liquor closed in May 2017 and reopened as a Total Wine & More.
* It's 98xx because I don't know whether it was 9805 or 9815.
|56||3047 John Redditt Drive||Lufkin||New Generation store opened 1992, closed 2005.|
|57||1057||4540 Kingwood Drive||Houston||New Generation store opened late 1992. This store suffered major flooding in Hurricane Harvey and was reopened in November 2017.|
|58||3442 Palmer Highway||Texas City||Open as of 1994 but later sold to Albertsons (before 1997), and now part of it is a Dollar Tree.|
|59||12555 Westheimer Drive||Houston||Built 1993 and closed fall 2005. 24 Hour Fitness opened in early 2007.|
|60||4610 Highway 6 South||Sugar Land||Closed fall 2005, by 2016 had reopened as Fitness Connection and 99 Cents Only Stores.|
|61||1061||3131 West Holcombe Blvd.||Houston||Flagship store|
|62||4062||2323 Clear Lake City Blvd.||Houston||4062 was likely used in a San Antonio division Albertsons, though I can't find it right now.|
|63||21155 Tomball Parkway||Houston||* Number not officially confirmed but this appears to have been the short-lived Tomball Parkway store, which closed in 1997.|
* Was an H-E-B Pantry briefly (1998-1999) and now Stein Mart and "Jump On In"
* Former Safeway store and one of three AppleTree stores acquired.
|64||3064||5130 Bellaire Blvd.||Bellaire||* Opened in 1959 as a Weingarten|
* Became Safeway in 1984
* Became AppleTree in 1989
* Briefly closed and renovated into a Flagship in 1998
* The Lifestyle renovation removed Flagship branding around 2008
|65||2028 N. Main Street||Pearland||* Former Safeway/AppleTree|
* Now Big Lots and Office Depot.
* Moved sometime in the early 2000s, possibly 2001.
|66||1066||12850 Memorial Drive||Houston||Opened 1996, Flagship store|
|67||3067||5161 San Felipe Street||Houston|
|68||3068||5800 New Territory Blvd.||Sugar Land||Opened February 1998 as a replacement to #42|
|69||2224 West FM 1960 (Cypress Creek Parkway)||Houston||Opened 1998, former Fiesta Mart (and Woolco before that). Didn't last more than 2 years or so.|
|70||3070||1525 South Mason Road||Katy||Announced it would close in February 2017.|
|71||2800 East Broadway||Pearland||Closed 2005, later divided into Conn's and other stores|
|--||1772||3050 North Fry Road||Katy|
|--||1773||2225 Louisiana Street||Houston||Opened 2002.|
|--||1774||12312 Barker Cypress Road||Houston||Opened September 2001.|
|--||1776||600 Kingwood Drive||Houston||Opened November 2000 to replace #38. Weirdly, Yelp at least says that this is #111, which I find that hard to believe considering how relatively few Randalls have opened.|
|--||2670||1890 FM 359||Richmond||Former Albertsons, purchased 2002|
|--||2671||525 South Fry Road||Katy||Former Albertsons purchased 2002|
|--||2672||18332 Clay Road||Houston||Former Albertsons purchased 2002|
|--||2674||604 Highway 332||Lake Jackson||Former Albertsons purchased 2002 but closed July 2013|
|471||2471||2727 Exposition Blvd.||Austin||* 1999 directory listed 2725 as did a 1991 article|
* Appears to be first in numbering pattern of Austin stores. Former Tom Thumb.
|472||Not listed in 1999 online store directory.|
|473||2473||6800 Berkman Drive||Austin||* I read that this had closed June 1993 as AppleTree, but later became Randalls in 1994 (either way)|
* It closed in fall 2010. Now Supermercado El Rancho.
|474||5555 N. Lamar Blvd.||Austin||Now Goodwill and Half Price Books. It appears that this was definitely a Tom Thumb and according to Internet sources, this was built as a Rylander's, a chain Tom Thumb bought in 1972.|
|475||2475||5311 Balcones Drive||Austin||Former Tom Thumb. Other Internet sources indicate this was a Rylander's originally, a chain Tom Thumb bought in 1972. It appears this store was originally even smaller than today, and that Randalls began work on an expansion shortly after or before rebranding it...it was built in 1964.|
|477||2477||3300 Bee Caves Road||Austin||Newspaper searching indicates this was a Tom Thumb (not AppleTree) in 1991 and rebranded as Randalls in 1994|
|481||2481||1500 W 35th Street||Austin|
|485||2485||2025 W Ben White Blvd.||Austin||Former Safeway/AppleTree, purchased in 1994|
|487||--||2300 Loehmann Crossing||Austin||Can't find address. Located in 78738 Zip Code, could be either Marshalls today or H-E-B.|
|490||2490||10900 Research Blvd.||Austin|
|--||4617||1306 West Davis Street||Conroe||Opened 2002 but closed 2005. Later divided into Hastings (closed in late 2016) and Gold's Gym.|
|--||--||2516 Avenue H||Rosenberg|
|--||--||615 University Drive East||College Station||Closed 1997 and sold to Albertsons. I suspect this was probably store #55, but I don't know.|
|--||--||2200 E. Veterans Memorial Drive||Killeen||Opened as Safeway, then AppleTree. Didn't last long at this location, unknown closure, later Hastings (until around 2008, though never used the whole space) and currently Texas Thrift and Dollar Tree.|
|--||--||11303 Veterans Memorial Drive||Houston||Built around 1987 and closed 1997. Believed to be 44, 45, or 46.|
|--||2961||9660 Westheimer Road||Houston||Built ~2011 to replace an older store on the same spot. Flagship.|