January 22, 2020

Changing Kosher Landscape in Houston

Houston…People of faith have long believed that when one door closes, another opens. So, it turns out it is with the growing kosher community in Houston. The Belden’s food market, long a favorite of kosher consumers has closed its doors. But looming is a huge 100,000 sq. ft H.E.B. store that will include everything kosher. Since the late 1980s, Belden’s has been a hub for the Jewish community in Meyerland, known as the go-to place for Passover and kosher foods.

“Since Hurricane Harvey, the store has struggled,” Belden’s longtime manager Darryl Ames said.

“We were just hoping the neighborhood would come back a little quicker. We really appreciate the support of the Jewish community over the years. Everyone here is pretty sad.” “Belden’s will be sorely missed,” Houston Kashruth Association senior Rabbi Mark Urkowitz told the JHV. “For the Jewish holidays, Belden’s made sure to stock all the essentials. The big box supermarkets may be able to provide the same products, but it is unlikely they’ll be able to provide the personalized service.”

The growing Houston Orthodox community already has many kosher options, according to Rabbi Nosson Dubin, Rabbinic Administrator for the Houston Kashruth Association. On January 29th, the new 105,000 sq. ft H.E.B. will open in Meyerfeld Plaza with many kosher sections in refrigerated, frozen, bakery, meats and more, giving the Houston community a major address for kosher.