This Oversized Orange Android Has Landed Atop What’s Left of Channelview’s Eastbelt Centre

Like some kind of otherworldly brand ambassador, this large larger-than-life-sized inflatable now looks dutifully out over the strip center parking lot off Belway 8 and Woodforest Blvd., its antennae twitching in the wind. The building it tops — home to Jenny Nails II, J Donuts, Betlway Beverage, Dominos, a hair salon, and Boost Mobile — was once part of the Randalls-anchored retail complex dubbed the Eastbelt Centre that stopped being a thing when Galena Park ISD moved its administrative offices into the supermarket’s building nearly 2 decades ago.

That converted structure lies just next door to the strip building . . .



. . . at the very end of the android’s peripheral vision:

Next to the grand entrance portal, the some of the school district’s accolades have been tacked onto the building’s facade:

Photos: Swamplot inbox

Roadside Attractions of Beltway 8

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  • This was a very nice shopping center when it first opened in the early ninties. The little strip originally had a Little Ceasars, Hollywood Video and the still existing, Bestway Liquor. That particular Randalls was the biggest and best grocery store that side of town has ever seen, I’d say even to this day. I believe the store was hit by a tornado early on in its existence.

  • Forgot to mention, there was also a matching twin Randalls store in Pasadena off the East Belt and Red Bluff.