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Randalls closing surprises some customers

December 17, 2018

“It’s a shame,” said Jewana Lebeaux, about the closing of the Randalls grocery in North Katy as she wheeled a shopping cart to her car in the parking lot of the store.

“It’s a little sad,” she added. “It’s your spot.”

She was referring to the store at 3050 N. Fry Road where she’s shopped for the last three years. She said she was surprised when she first heard the store was closing. She liked the store because it was convenient — right down the street from where she lives — and never too busy.

It’s not a new feeling for her, though. The former Copperfield resident remembers when Randalls closed in May 2012 its store off Texas 6 and FM 529.

“Just when I get comfortable, everything changes,” she said.

Kim Piña and her family, who live 5 minutes from the North Fry Road store, have been shopping at that Randalls about 10 years.

“I found out last week they’ll be closing and am sad about that. I’ve loved taking the kids there to pick out donuts and grab some quick fried chicken for dinner. It was convenient since it’s close to home,” said Piña. “My dad would always go there to buy bagels, which he loves. He and my mom will miss the store, too.”

One male shopper who didn’t have time to talk about the store closing steered his cart to his car and said, “I don’t like it.”

Mid-day Wednesday the store had a number of people going in quickly and leaving with just a few items. Neither aisles nor checkouts appeared to be crowded.

Customer Louis Arana said, “Randalls is too pricey. I only come here if I have to or if it’s an emergency.”

Another customer echoed the same opinion, but declined to give her name.

“If they were more competitive, they probably wouldn’t be closing the store,” added Arana. “The war between stores was won by H-E-B,” he added.

“I’m sorry for the people who work here,” continued Arana. “It’s a bad deal to know you’re losing your job before the holidays,” he said. “What can you do?”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y9r4mdd3 for more information about Randalls and recent store closings.

The North Fry store will be sold to El Rancho, according to store officials. The North Fry store is the seventh store closed by Randalls this year. The North Fry store is one of 20 Houston-area Randalls stores, according to the company website at https://tinyurl.com/ybagbjqu. It closed a New Territory Randalls on Dec. 1 in Sugar Land.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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