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kksmith

Member Since 27 Dec 2005
Offline Last Active Nov 11 2011 04:21 PM
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In Topic: Country Club Ruins

02 November 2011 - 12:34 PM

Thanks for this topic. I remember visiting the ruins of a building, out in the open, when I was a kid, probably around 1962 to 1964. My Mom took me and a friend there and we played "army" around the partially completed brick structure or structures. I don't know if she told me it was planned as a country club, but that sounds familiar. As I think I remember it, there was no roof. For a long time, I have wondered where it was, and what it was. I am pretty sure this is the answer. Thanks again.

In Topic: Buddie's Super Markets

16 January 2011 - 06:40 PM

This is a very interesting topic, with great comments and additions by all. Dismukes, I think you are correct in your observations. I grew up in Fort Worth, but now live in Austin. I see the same thing that you mentioned happening to a Randall's near where we live. It is a nice store, but it is being used more like a convenience store than it was previously. The reason is that a Sam's Club and a Costco both opened nearby. As you said, at those stores people fill their baskets, but not so much at stores which used to be considered big, but now are not. There can be a vicious cycle too. Fewer shoppers, less turnover, then produce maybe not kept as fresh as before, and prices higher than at the warehouse stores.

I also enjoyed reading about the City Market in Westcliff Shopping Center. I remember when it was Wyatt's. I worked at the Worth Food Mart / Piggly Wiggly across the parking lot in the same shopping Center. It is amazing to think how small grocery stores were then compared with today. But Dismukes is correct -- small stores with a neighborhood feel can be successful. And of course so can stores which make grocery shopping more of an experience, like Whole Foods (which I also worked at, in Austin) and Central Market have done.

Thanks.

In Topic: Grocery Store Shuffle in TCU Area

14 January 2011 - 10:51 PM

This is a very interesting topic, with great comments and additions by all. Dismukes, I think you are correct in your observations. I grew up in Fort Worth, but now live in Austin. I see the same thing that you mentioned happening to a Randall's near where we live. It is a nice store, but it is being used more like a convenience store than it was previously. The reason is that a Sam's Club and a Costco both opened nearby. As you said, at those stores people fill their baskets, but not so much at stores which used to be considered big, but now are not. There can be a vicious cycle too. Fewer shoppers, less turnover, then produce maybe not kept as fresh as before, and prices higher than at the warehouse stores.

I also enjoyed reading about the City Market in Westcliff Shopping Center. I remember when it was Wyatt's. I worked at the Worth Food Mart / Piggly Wiggly across the parking lot in the same shopping Center. It is amazing to think how small grocery stores were then compared with today. But Dismukes is correct -- small stores with a neighborhood feel can be successful. And of course so can stores which make grocery shopping more of an experience, like Whole Foods (which I also worked at, in Austin) and Central Market have done.

Thanks.