The robbers who held up a couple of IBC Bank locations inside Houston-area Kroger stores in 2 separate incidents over the last few months won’t have those branches to kick around any more. The IBC Bank in the Kroger at 11565 Hwy. 6 South in Sugar Land (at the corner of West Airport) and the one in the store at 3135 FM 528 and Bay Area Blvd. in Friendswood (featured in the surveillance video still above) have now been shut down — along with 2 other in-Kroger locations. The closings weren’t a direct result of the robberies, but part of International Bancshares Corp.’s plan to close up grocery-store locations — which have grown unprofitable as a result of new restrictions on bank fees — and open a few more standalone branches. IBC closed 20 Houston-area grocery-store branches — 19 in H-E-B Markets and another inside a Randall’s — last December.
- IBC Bank closes half its Houston branches, plans strategic growth [Houston Business Journal]
- Friendswood Police searching for lone suspect in Kroger store bank branch robbery [Bay Area Citizen]
- $5K reward out for grocery store bank robber [MyFox Houston]
Photo of suspect in Friendswood Kroger IBC Bank: Bay Area Citizen