It may not come as much of a surprise to the city’s more meticulous athletics outlet trackers that the Luke’s Locker at the corner of W. Gray and Driscoll streets has taken off: on January 20 the Texas chain announced via Facebook that they would be temporarily closing their Houston store, among others; a follow-up post a few days later clarified that the company had filed for Chapter 11. As of late last week, the name markers were coming down from the store’s exterior, a couple of “For Lease” signs were up, and the space had been emptied out.
The company still lists 1953 W. Gray address as a store location, complete with an image of the shop wrapped up in a bygone era of River Oaks Shopping Center aesthetics, when everything was more black-and-white:
Whatever takes over the space may have a front-row view of the highrise planned directly across the street in a few years; Weingarten’s currently got the spot shaded in availability yellow on the center’s leasing flier.
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Photo: Katie Schon (top), Luke’s Locker (bottom)
They’re going to widen W. Gray, right? That would make sense wouldn’t it? Surely our city has thought of that and considered the residents and safety issues over developers, right?
@Asks_obvious_questions West Gray doesn’t need to be widened. That a great pedestrian stretch by ROSS. There’s plenty of capacity to handle the new high rise.