When popular grocery store Georgia's Farm to Market closed for remodeling earlier this year, west Houston residents weren't too worried. After all, it wouldn't be the first time the location—formerly known as Sandy's until it was purchased by farmers Rick and Georgia Bost in 2009—had undergone dramatic renovations to its cavernous space, which once housed a K-Mart many years ago. But then the remodel seemed to drag on. No work was being done in the space. A peek through the front door revealed a few bins of fruit left to rot and not much else.
Then, this week, a giant "FOR LEASE" sign was draped across the entrance like a funeral wreath. Where would Memorial-area residents do their shopping for Georgia's own farm-raised meats now? For the organic produce and bulk herbs, spices, and supplements the store stocked? For the fresh-baked Slow Dough bread and the Sinfull Bakery cookies that were difficult to find elsewhere in this neck of the woods? Where would people enjoy Georgia's signature buffets, served in the middle of the grocery store off mismatched antique tables, sometimes to the sounds of a small jazz band?
Georgia Bost, the namesake of both the market and Georgia's Grassfed Beef, which supplied the market with much of its meat, passed away last year. Her husband, Rick, has been running the Georgia's stores ever since, including a recently opened location in Brenham.
I couldn't reach Rick for comment (although I left him a voicemail, and will update if I hear back from him), but was able to talk to a manager at the second Georgia's location in downtown, which opened in January 2012. That "for lease" sign, he said, "is the result of some headbutting between us and the landlord. We're very much in limbo right now." He was hopeful, however, the issues would be resolved quickly and remodeling would resume once again.
If all goes well, he said, "we're planning on reopening at the beginning of the year." In the meantime, Georgia's downtown location remains open as does a small west Houston outpost stocking a few supplies in a much smaller temporary space at 9201 Katy Freeway.