For years, I've wondered how dollar stores could survive this deep discount tactic never realizing how many there were. On Monday, it became clear just how profitable these stores can be when Dollar Tree agreed to buy Family Dollar for the cost of 8.5 million items in its stores...not including tax. ... More >>
I know I'm not a cynic because the strange-but-true news stories involving our species still sometimes shock me. Even after all these years, I rarely ho-hum something like this. Or this. Or, especially this. So when I read the tale of Michael A. Brown I naturally had questions. You may know him be ... More >>
Texas and Arkansas used to have a quite a (football) rivalry. Now, it appears that the two get along famously, at least if you're connected to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Walmart, Inc. As I noted in a previous post, Walmart had a remarkable run in front of the Texas Supreme Court where it could n ... More >>
For several years, complaints raged around the development of a Walmart near the corner of Yale and I-10. Certainly there was some degree of "Walmart sucks and we don't want it in our neighborhood" frustration, but chief among the legitimate concerns was what would happen to traffic at that intersec ... More >>
Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>
As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.
Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>
What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than to participate in a pop-up celebrity chef challenge at your local Walmart parking lot, where the main ingredient is steak? Last Tuesday, shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter # 1409 (10750 Westview Drive) had a lucky surprise when they pulled in ... More >>
Manager obsessed with oral sex, suit saysA veteran salesperson at a Bonham car dealer has sued to company, saying a supervisor there regularly used sexually abusive language in dealing with her. The plaintiff worked for the dealership for almost 10 years; the last five of those, she says in ... More >>
We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>
Not this Lawless, but also a fighter.News of the Walmart Wahoo Vigilante rang out far and wide over the Houston area the other day, but in case you missed it, here's the story in a nutshell: Three brothers walked out of an Alvin Walmart with three cases of beer they allegedly neglected to pay ... More >>
Must love Jon Stewart.The proposed new map of city council districts includes one carved out of the Heights, Montrose and the Museum District, uniting the richest, hippest, proud to be Inner Looper bunch of white people possible. If you're planning to run for the seat, here are some things y ... More >>
Mandy OaklanderCasey Colletti, barebackTrue cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will ... More >>
Although Texas has weathered the economic downturn better than most states, that's small consolation to those residents still unable to feed their families. According to research published by the Food Research and Action Center earlier this year, Texas has the 13th-highest rate of food hardsh ... More >>
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>
Heights residents plan to stage a protest to show how bad traffic will be with a new Walmart. There hasn't been much noise lately about the Heights Walmart, except those embarrassing e-mails from city officials, but one group opposed to the development still has hopes that the project can be der ... More >>
Let the City Council record reflect......Channel 13 and the Houston Chronicle have exposed e-mails from city staffers regarding the proposed Walmart near the Heights (a/k/a The Walmart In The Area To Which No One Can Agree On A Name).The e-mails are fairly typical intra-office political stuff, bu ... More >>
Growing up in Pearland, Craig's Hlist didn't know anything was inherently wrong with Walmart. We didn't see it as trashy. How could a place where we got baseball cards and metal magazines every Saturday be trashy? But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business prac ... More >>
The City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights. The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the ... More >>
The mayor says the Walmart vote can't be delayed any longer; City Council must decide tomorrow. The public had its last chance today to talk to the mayor and city council members about a proposed "380 agreement" between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near t ... More >>
The City Council could vote today to bring a Heights Walmart one step closer. This morning, the Houston City Council is set to vote on a proposed "380 agreement" with developer Michael Ainbinder that would help him build a Walmart-anchored retail center near the Heights. The agreement, posted on ... More >>
Death in a Walmart parking lotA woman was found shot to death in her car in a Walmart parking lot on the southwest side of town around midnight this morning, police say.No robbery was involved, and HPD told KTRK it did not appear to be "a random crime."The body of the victim, whose name has not b ... More >>
When an Austin company says the Heights doesn't need a Walmart, television news reporters listen. Unlike the first Heights-area Walmart meeting, area residents showed up for a second go-round armed with some real ammunition. Apparently, a local neighborhood nonprofit called Responsible Urban Dev ... More >>
This could be your grandfather.To say that people aren't thrilled with a Walmart moving into the Heights is an understatement. Last week's town hall meeting did little to resolve feelings on either side of the issue, with River Oaks resident Michael Ainbinder -- the developer behind the plan ... More >>
These happy people shown in a rendering of the planned Heights Walmart certainly weren't at last night's meeting. It didn't take long for the boos and jeers to start once developer Michael Ainbinder took the stage at last night's meeting about a planned Walmart development near the Heights. It al ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
No Walmart, no peaceMembers of the "Stop Heights Walmart" group came out in force to the City Hall meeting Tuesday to let officials get a glimpse of a small part of the opposition that has grown to more than 4,000 members in the past few weeks.Meanwhile, Houston officials told Hair Balls they are ... More >>
Walmart: concerns about crime, infrastructure and transparencyEven though it's not yet been signed and delivered, Heights residents are already trying to figure out how to deal with the possibility that a big-box monster might be moving in next door.Residents spoke at the Greater Heights Super Ne ... More >>
Readers respond to "Walmart vs. the Heights."
Walmart brings out the passion.
Trouble in QuirkytownThe Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>
At the risk of reigniting the gluten-free debate once again, I mentioned in yesterday's post on gluten-free pancakes that I'd found a trove of cheap GF products at -- of all places -- Walmart. I don't know why I was completely surprised by this discovery, but I was. It makes sense when you t ... More >>
You know what's boring? Babysitting two kids while schlepping around your own two kids, that's what's boring.A gal with joie de vivre needs a little excitement at such times. What to do? Duh -- You leave the kids in the pick-up truck (engine running, of course), head into the Walmart and do a lit ... More >>
Back in the day when we were teenagers in the hood, there was this guy with a really great personality who would come to our door once a month with brand new store merchandise. We're talking about anything from bicycles to VCRs (we said it was back in the day) to woman's costume jewelry. They were ... More >>
If the excessive Black Friday advertising has you overwhelmed, don't fret, we're here to help. We've been scrutinizing the quadrillion press releases and ads that have been bombarding us in e-mails, on TV, in last Sunday's paper and in any other existing media form you can think of to come ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt ate all this chicken and did not save any for you.Welcome back to the weekly Eating Our Words round-up, where the food is well-prepared, plentiful and, more often than not, weird as all hell. To start with, Robb Walsh introduced us to the concept of a Wal-Mart supermercado, ... More >>
Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by Shop.org (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>
Something awesome to distract you from Ike for a second. AC/DC's management has just announced the dates for the Australian hard-rock institution's Black Ice world tour - named after its brand-new album, available exclusively at Walmart - skidding into Toyota Center December 14. Can I get a hell yea ... More >>
Recognizing “star quality” when they saw it, Nine Lives rescued Morris the Cat in 1968 and put him in their commercials. That was almost 40 years ago. And would you believe it? The orange tabby is visiting Houston this weekend. Nine Lives, indeed. The celebrity cat is using his name for a good ... More >>
My fool-proof plan failed. I figured if (there's my downfall right there), if I had credit so bad no one in their right mind would give me a new credit card and if, (another flaw), I kept no more than $37 in my bank account, surely no one would bother to steal my identity. I was wrong. Last weekend ... More >>
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