Tom Thumb, an urban-designed grocery store open for only about a year at the WestBend development on University Drive in Fort Worth, is closing for good Sunday. Meanwhile, customers can raid the shelves, where everything is at least 25 percent off as part of a clearance sale. gdickson@star-telegram.com Gordon Dickson
Tom Thumb, an urban-designed grocery store open for only about a year at the WestBend development on University Drive in Fort Worth, is closing for good Sunday. Meanwhile, customers can raid the shelves, where everything is at least 25 percent off as part of a clearance sale. gdickson@star-telegram.com Gordon Dickson

Fort Worth

This Fort Worth Tom Thumb is closing Sunday, and everything’s on sale

By Gordon Dickson

gdickson@star-telegram.com

August 30, 2017 10:19 AM

That Tom Thumb grocery store off University Drive in Fort Worth that announced plans to close last month will shut its doors on Sunday. And if you’re a bargain hunter, you might want to head over there

Everything in the store is priced at least 25 percent off and many items are even cheaper than that at the store in the WestBend development, just south of Interstate 30 and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

On Tuesday afternoon, the shelves were still half-full with items such as these:

▪ Plump navel oranges that normally sell for about $1.10 each ($1.99 a pound) available for about 73 cents.

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▪ Campbell’s Chunky Soup, normally $2.49 per can, selling for $1.29.

▪ For those with discriminating taste in libations, a bottle of Inglenook Rubicon Estate red wine, normally $227.99, could be had for $170.99.

▪ And for Joe six-pack, six cans of India Pale Ale from Fort Worth’s Martin House brewery, normally $11.99, was $6.29.A giant banner reading “Store closing! Liquidation Sale!” was hanging across the store entry, completely covering the old Tom Thumb sign. On its glass entry doors, smaller signs let shoppers know how many more days the market will be open — and on Tuesday afternoon, it said 5.

The closure of the little market means that residents in the Colonial Country Club and Texas Christian University neighborhoods will have to go an extra mile to get to a Tom Thumb grocery store.

The Tom Thumb “urban concept” store, with about 26,000 square feet of space, opened last December with sushi, a pizza bar, a gourmet bakery, an expanded prepared food section and a Starbucks coffee bar. It’s about three miles from another new Tom Thumb store, which is bigger, at the base of the West Seventh Street bridge, and another store on South Hulen.

The store’s 61 employees are expected to be shifted to other area Tom Thumb or Albertsons stores.

A Tom Thumb that was open less than a year at the WestBend development on Fort Worth’s University Drive is closing for good Sunday. Meanwhile, customers can raid the shelves, where everything is at least 25 percent off as part of a clearance sale.
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Apparently grocery stores don’t fare well at the site. The WestBend location initially housed a Fresh Market grocery store that was also open for barely a year before closing in May 2016.

Trademark Development, which operates WestBend, definitely has plans to replace Tom Thumb with a new tenant, but isn’t yet ready to make an announcement, said spokeswoman Jencey Keeton.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

Gordon Dickson:

817-390-7796, @gdickson