Spec's to Expand Statewide by the End of 2011

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Starting soon, Spec's really will cover the entire state of Texas.
A source at Spec's corporate offices confirmed today that the Houston-based chain of stores will be expanding to the rest of the state by the end of this year. Family-owned and -operated since 1962, Specs has been a longtime presence in Houston, and it's now looking to bring its vast selection of wines, beers, spirits and gourmet foods to other markets across the state.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex will be the largest target for Spec's expansion, although our source noted that other cities are already in the works: "We're opening El Paso in the next couple of weeks," they said, and a Killeen location should be open shortly as well.

As to whether this was in the works for several years or simply a recent opportunity, the source replied: "We happened upon [the expansion opportunity], and we've gradually grown that way. We've been branching out already."

To wit, there are Spec's stores as far west as Live Oak (just outside San Antonio) and as far north as Waco. But the big city of Dallas represents an entirely new frontier for the chain.

"The faces and the people in Dallas -- or wherever we decide to go next -- is who we want to represent Spec's," said the source, who noted that they'd be hiring locally for all of their new stores. "We want to create jobs out there."

But Spec's isn't turning its back on its original market, where it intends to maintain as strong a presence as always with its nearly 50 Houston stores: "It's our hometown," the source said.

Meanwhile, we're just excited to know that we'll be able to find that friendly Spec's bunny sign just about anywhere in the Lone Star State -- Dallas included.



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Heidiee
Heidiee

little-known secret: Fiesta on West Alabama and Dunlavy kills Specs on many wine prices, and I mean mid and high-end bottles

Deweyscrewemanhowe
Deweyscrewemanhowe

I have been trying for over a year to get a job with Spec's to no avail, I guess their regional manager in my area hates honorably discharged Veterans.

Patinoxiv
Patinoxiv

Thank you for your service, but just because you are a veteran does not mean you get hire for being a veteran. if theres no openings where you are applying for a job.

Deweyscrewemanhowe
Deweyscrewemanhowe

Which beckons 1 to question why Spec's will post signs saying they are hiring. From what i've heard hiring is up to regional managers, not the store managers, probably not very smart on the part of Spec's to leave the hiring process up to someone who doesn't even see your work on a day to day basis.

Quin
Quin

How about the Rio Grande Valley?!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

The source said "everywhere," so I'm assuming that means the Valley as well. We shall see...

Wade Woodard
Wade Woodard

love specs, but with so little competition in Houston market, they have high prices.  Also, different specs have different prices on same items.  In Dallas, there are several large chains and with several that have prices lower than Specs.  Specs will have to compete on price to enter Dallas market.

Feufoma
Feufoma

A travesty for them to expand into Dallas...

sez me
sez me

I love you Spec's!!! 

Krjqp
Krjqp

think they HAVE to expand to the smaller markets, as HEB and Whole Foods are taking the urban centers with better food and wine.

Frank
Frank

Specs is like the Wal-Mart of the liquor industry.  Buying up and putting the smaller family owned stores out of business because they can not compete.

John Kiely
John Kiely

That has been partly true in my neighborhood, because I talked to the owners who went out of business.  I shop at Spec's, as they do have a large selection on the shelves, and the people there are very friendly. But unlike Walmart, they aren't cheaper, because smaller stores do compete.  I especially like Tony K's on Bissonnet and Lim's on Ella.

JuniperH
JuniperH

...and a lot of the stuff on the shelves is old: white wines that are five years old, olive oil etc. So there are better options out there...sometimes cheap isn't worth the cost

John Kiely
John Kiely

I have nothing at all bad to say about Spec's, they are successful for a reason.  However, small stores can also succeed.  For instance, Tony K's looks cramped on the inside, but Andy Valdez knows his beer, wine, and liquor, and the rest of his selection is in the wholesale warehouse in back.  The price is often cheaper or the same as Spec's.  Lim's is literally a mom and pop, with a remarkable Scotch selection. 

JG
JG

That's very untrue and ignorant for you to say.  They are a family owned store, and they have a very good track record of not putting anyone out of business, but buying the smaller family stores and running them, then slowly converting them to the Spec's concept.  That's nothing like Walmart.  Remember Dailey Liquor, Copperfield Liquor, Dicorte's in Waco.  They all sold to Spec's because they wanted out of the industry, and found Spec's to be the best candidate to carry on their family store run values.  

Mark W
Mark W

And Wal-Mart in a sense, is family owned business / brand also (Walton family still owns most of the stocks). Whether it's big business or small business, in the end, it's just business. The only thing is that bigger business has better advantage of winning / surviving.

Neverless, good luck on the expansion, especially big city(ies) like DFW where there's a lot of competition as is.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Please, GOD!  Expand quickly and thoroughly into the DFW "Market"!

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