River Oaks Shopping Center Loses Another Icon: Allrecords Moves Out

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Allrecords: Moved, after 30 years.
Another piece of the River Oaks Shopping Center has moved out: Allrecords, which for the past 30 years had been there offering a fine, eclectic selection of rock, jazz and Broadway, has moved out.

Owner Fred Allred tells Hair Balls the neighboring Luke's Locker wanted to expand, and Weingarten Realty asked him to move to other locations in the center. That didn't work out, so now he's at 3211 Edloe, south of the intersection of Edloe and West Alabama.

"I like it," he says, "although it's not as easy to find as a shopping center on West Gray and it's not a place you've been for 30 years."

His new location opened Saturday, with the longtime customers who have regularly gone to the store to find records no one else stocks.

So, did he find anything interesting when packing 30 years' of stuff for the move?

"Oh gosh, I found two Led Zeppelin vinyl boxed sets, still sealed," he says.

Also boxes of stuff from Blue Note and Prestige and other labels that he'd forgotten he had.

Since his opening in the shopping center in October 1980, he says, only three businesses have remained: The (endangered) River Oaks Theatre, Marfreless and the Texas Gallery.

In fact, he said, when he opened the center contained four full-service gas stations, including one where La Griglia stands today.


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doriscwilson
doriscwilson

Whatever the reason these printable coupons or "Printapons" exist and it is valid to use them, although it can skew the marketing research for which they were intended.

starfruit express
starfruit express

this is good to hear. yes, it's easier to download or order on Amazon. and Fred doesn't have the most extensive stock on the planet, but he's a dying breed. Look forward to seeing him again soon. (and actually making a purchase!)

Jeff
Jeff

Fred is awesome. I haven't been there is a couple years, but now that he's closer to me, I'll have to stop in.

Clay Wisner
Clay Wisner

300 years is pretty good for a record store. I daresay it's a record, even.

Hair Balls
Hair Balls

I fixed the typo after a co-worker wondered if the Karankawas shopped there. I replied that "Music to Cannibalize By" was a big hit back in the day.

Justice Tirapelli-Jamail
Justice Tirapelli-Jamail

My first job was at Allrecords working for Fred. He was the best boss I've ever had. I loved it there. Too bad he's moving out, though I don't remember him having said anything about it being there for 300 years...

Evan
Evan

When they tear down the shopping center, all the dust and semen and doomed relationships from Marfreless will coagulate into a Demon. It will become a regular at Anvil.

Evan
Evan

PS I stole this joke from Dan, who is not as bangable as I.

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