In January 1952 several Sugar Land commercial establishments moved into new quarters on the ground floor of the Shopping Center across from the refinery. One of these stores was the Western Auto, devoted to home appliances, sporting goods, toys, and other household goods. Before the Western Auto store opened, a department within the old Mercantile Store sold these wares, but now Sugar Land had a separate store in the new shopping center offering this merchandise. The old Mercantile Store because the Farm & Home Center, essentially a heavy hardware store that included agricultural equipment and supplies. The reorganized store also sold furniture.
In July 1964 The Mirror ran another promotion featuring new Sugar Land resident, Sid Lasher, KHOU-TV's weatherman. One of his stops in his new home town was the Western Auto, where he consulted manager, Jimmy Couvillion, about fishing tackle.