Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle

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Recent articles by Paul:

Academy Sports notifies online customers of suspicious activity

The company said no financial data, such as saved credit and debit card information, had been compromised. → Read More

After going out of business, Toys R Us returns to Houston with more interactive store

TRU Kids, a Parsippany, N.J.-based company helmed by former Toys R Us executives, aims to breathe new life into the beloved 62-year-old toy retailer. → Read More

Black Friday deals in Houston still drawing crowds

Many Houstonians headed out early on Black Friday, some driven by family tradition, others lured by some of the deepest discounts of the year. Despite the rise of online shopping and year-round deals, plenty of consumers still headed out to the stores on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. → Read More

Revamped Toys R Us store set to open Sunday in Houston Galleria mall

The relaunch of a beloved toy store is set to have its grand opening this Sunday in the Galleria, in perfect timing for Christmas shoppers. The refreshed, 6,473-square-foot Houston location will be the second Toys R Us store reopened since the toy retailer’s shocking news to file for bankruptcy in September 2017. The other location opens this weekend at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus,… → Read More

Walmart to donate $125K to help Houston Food Bank recover from produce loss

Walmart will donate $125,000 to the Houston Food Bank following an ammonia leak at the food bank that contaminated 1.8 million pounds of food the week before Thanksgiving. → Read More

IKEA acquires 42,000 acres of forestland in East Texas

IKEA has acquired 42,000 acres of forestland in East Texas to source wood for its furniture. → Read More

Kroger to donate $50K and truckload of food to Houston Food Bank after ammonia leak

Kroger will donate $50,000 and a truckload of perishable food to the Houston Food Bank following an ammonia leak at the food bank that contaminated 1.8 million pounds of food the week before Thanksgiving. → Read More

In-N-Out Burger receives rabid reception in Houston launch

In-N-Out enters a crowded Houston market that has seen several recent entrants eager to take a bite out of the city's growing population, encroaching on Texas favorite Whataburger's turf. → Read More

In-N-Out Burger to open first Houston-area restaurant on Friday

In-N-Out Burger, a popular California burger chain, will open its first Houston-area restaurant on Friday. → Read More

Months after shuttering, Charming Charlie plans 15 stores

Charming Charlie, a women's fast-fashion retailer that went out of business earlier this year, plans to open 15 stores early next year, including three in the Houston area. → Read More

Retailers look to 'wow' toys to revive fortunes during holidays

Retailers and manufacturers are looking to a wide range of toys — such as L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and merchandise from popular Frozen and Star Wars franchises — to drive toy sales this holiday season. They need it: Toy sales have slumped since the demise of Toys R Us. → Read More

No. 4 large: Visible Changes makes the cut with prizes, trips

Treating top employees to trips and prizes has helped propel Visible Changes to its seventh appearance of the Chronicle’s Top Workplaces list. The company ranked No. 4 among large companies on the list of Houston’s top places to work, up one spot from last year. → Read More

Buc-ee’s to break ground on Georgia travel center

Buc-ee's, the popular Texas road stop institution known for its immaculate bathrooms, plans to break ground on its first store in Georgia next week. → Read More

Groceries, apartments find common ground as land costs rise

Multi-level urban grocery stores built in conjunction with apartments, offices, shops and restaurants are starting to proliferate, propelled by inner-city population growth, rising land prices and changing consumer preferences. → Read More

Check out Life Time’s new 'athletic resort' in Greenway Plaza

The new gym features a rooftop pool deck with a bistro and bar, studio space, physical therapy space, two full-size basketball courts, indoor pool, a childcare center, coworking space, a restaurant and spa. → Read More

Feds say Academy Sports bears responsibility in Sutherland Springs mass shooting

Prosecutors said Academy should not have sold Devin Patrick Kelley a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round magazine, which is illegal in the shooters' home state of Colorado. → Read More

More details revealed for Toys R Us store at the Galleria mall

The 6,473-square-foot store on the Houston mall's second floor, near Macy's, is one of two Toys R Us stores to reopen nationally after the iconic toy retailer filed for bankruptcy in September 2017 and went out of business early last year. → Read More

Check out H-E-B’s new Buffalo Heights grocery store

H-E-B on Wednesday opened its Buffalo Heights supermarket, the San Antonio-based grocer's first in a mixed-use development. → Read More

Oil spill at ITC Deer Park facility closes Houston Ship Channel for three hours

An oil spill at Intercontinental Terminals Co.'s Deer Park facility closed the Houston Ship Channel for nearly three hours on Saturday afternoon. → Read More

Two killed during ‘reckless’ shootout in front of Westheimer club

Two people were killed during a "reckless" shootout in front of a west Houston club early Sunday morning. → Read More