The gourmet popsicle shop Steel City Pops announced Friday morning on Facebook that its three Houston-area locations, including the one in the Heights at 420 E. 20th St., have closed.
Owner Jim Watkins said the store wasn’t operating at the level of profitability needed to sustain the location.
“It had nothing to do with our people or our products,” Watkins said. “It’s a combination of poor retail industry conditions and very high rents. We are very grateful for (the people) in Houston that supported us.”
The Heights location as well as the ones in Sugar Land and Rice Village are permanently closed.
While Houston’s locations are no longer open, Steel City Pops will still provide catering for large events in the city. It will continue operations in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Steel City Pops started in 2012 in Homewood, Alabama, and now has about 20 stores around the southeast.