A local retail landmark for the Houston Jewish community and others is set to close in January. Belden’s Food Market will cease operations after more than half a century in business. Belden’s was one of the last big box independent grocers in Houston offering a wide variety of Kosher foods as well as being a full service grocery store.
The Meyerland store has been struggling for some time as HEB, Kroger and Whole Foods have upgraded their stores and locations. HEB tore down its old store and replaced it with an ultra-modern new outlet in Bellaire and is set to open a Meyerland location later this year about a mile away from Belden’s location.
Belden’s survival as an independent was not helped by the unending onslaught of floods in the Meyerland area (Tax Day Flood, Memorial Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey) which have pushed many of the older Jewish residents out of Meyerland and cutting into Belden’s customer base.