The Neighborhood Walmart and Sam’s Club Made

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 Sam’s Club to its location. In April 2008 when the concept was unveiled, however, the company touted its proximity to major commercial centers on Houston’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, Sam’s Club and AMC Theatres that were built around the same time.

“It used to be considered a no man’s land, but once they located there, there were a lot of developments,” says Gilliam.

Now, development in the area may make it difficult for Wal-Mart to find a use for the building, says Gilliam.

Photo: Walmart

One Comment

  • I’m not surprised they shuttered this place. That whole Dunvale area is dirty and nasty. Once upon a time I lived in that area and would purposefully drive miles away just to avoid going there. That SuperWalmart is disgusting, almost as bad as the one at I-45 and West Rd. I always thought Sam’s Club was a mediocre store to begin with. Now that Costco has opened their new place on Weslayan, I can see the downward spiral the Sam’s on Rice is taking. I wouldn’t be surprised if they closed that one down in a few years.