Walmart shut down its Sam’s Club Business Center pilot program late last week — and closed the program’s only store — the Sam’s Club at Dunvale and Westheimer. The HBJ‘s Casey Wooten surveys the wreckage:
[Walmart spokesperson Susan] Koehler attributes the poor performance of the Dunvale Samâ€™s Club to its location. In April 2008 when the concept was unveiled, however, the company touted its proximity to major commercial centers on Houstonâ€™s west side as a reason it was selected to be the test store for the business center concept. . . .
Lance Gilliam, managing director at Moody Rambin Interests, who has worked with real estate clients in that area, says the Dunvale/Westheimer intersection is one of the busiest areas of the city, boasting heavy traffic and a dense daytime population, largely thanks to the Walmart, Samâ€™s Club and AMC Theatres that were built around the same time.
â€œIt used to be considered a no manâ€™s land, but once they located there, there were a lot of developments,â€ says Gilliam.
Now, development in the area may make it difficult for Wal-Mart to find a use for the building, says Gilliam.
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