Laff Stop to relocate

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The Chronicle‘s Katherine Feser reports that a Houston comedy institution will be relocating at the start of next year:

The Laff Stop is bringing down the curtains in its River Oaks Shopping Center location and will relocate to a newer space on Waugh Drive in January.


A high-visibility location near Allen Parkway in the Waugh Drive Retail Center at 526 Waugh Drive will open up an opportunity to market to area offices and residential developments. It is within two miles of the existing location. The main competitor — which also books talent with TV or movie credits — is the Houston Improv on the Katy Freeway outside Loop 610.

Drew Beeson of Beeson Properties represented the landlord, Beeson Properties/KNA Partners, in the new 7,800-square-foot lease. The River Oaks space totaled 6,159 square feet.

This interesting nugget was tucked away towards the end:

Weingarten Realty said a new lease has been signed for the space at the River Oaks Shopping Center but declined to disclose the tenant. Talk of possible negotiations with Barnes & Noble for a store at West Gray and Shepherd called part of the center’s future into question, but a Weingarten spokesman said the company has no plans to redevelop the center at this time.

“At this time” leaves Weingarten plenty of wiggle room, so it’s probably unwise to read much into that statement. At least they’re talking to the local press now, though. That hasn’t always been the case.

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