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Houston Shopping

Shopping Malls & Major Shopping Centers
Most are open -  Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. /Sunday Noon - 6 p.m., unless otherwise stated

Almeda Mall  (1968)  78 stores
555 Almeda Mall, Houston (Gulf Freeway/I-45S at Almeda-Genoa)
(713) 944-1010
Major Anchor Stores: Foley's, JC Penney

Baybrook Mall (1978) 1,094,000 sq.ft. - 177 stores
19400 Gulf Freeway, Friendswood (I-45 South @ W. Bay Area Blvd.)
(281) 488-4627
Baybrook serves the Clear Lake/NASA, Friendswood and League City area. The major stores are Dillard's, Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward, Sears.  With the withdrawl of Macy's from most of the Houston market, Dillard's decided to expand its presence at Baybrook by taking over the Macy's space and splitting the stores into separate men's and women's locations.

Brazos Mall (1976)  681,917 sq.ft. - 105 stores
Rts. 288 & 332, Lake Jackson (50 miles south of Houston)
(409) 297-8001
Brazoria County, on the southern fringe of the Houston metropolitan area, is home to Brazos Mall.  Major Anchor Stores: Dillard's, JC Penney, Palais Royal, Sears and Service Merchandise.

Deerbrook Mall (1984)  1,374,986 sq.ft. - 165 stores
20131 Highway 59 N., Humble (Northeast corner of the Eastex Freeway/US 59 North and FM 1960 East)
(281) 446-5300
Dearbrook is the regional shopping mall for Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita.  Major Anchor Stores: Foley's, JCPenny, Macy's, Mervyn's and Sears. A 24-screen AMC movie theatre opened in 1995 making it the biggest movie theatre in Hosuton at that time.

First Colony Mall (1996)
U.S. 59 and Highway 6 
(281) 265-6123 
First Colony Mall has over 100 stores and restaurants, including:   Foley's, Dillard's, Mervyn's California, JC Penney, Gap Kids, Ann Taylor, Discovery Channel Store, Talbots, The Disney Store and many more. 

And you'll find it all in a one million square-foot single-story neighborhood mall designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy miles of cushioned carpeted walkways. Family restrooms. Plants, trees, vaulted ceilings and skylights throughout.  Plus a fabulous food court.

The Galleria I, II, III & IV (1970, '74, '86, 2003)  2,400,000+ sq.ft. - 375 stores
5015 Westheimer Road, Houston 
(713) 622-0663
The variety of retail establishments housed in The Galleria is second to none.  In addition to anchor stores like Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's and Saks Fifth Avenue, The Galleria is home to a number of one-of-a-kind shops. Additionally, it houses many famous-name shops that can't be found anywhere else in Houston. The structure was inspired by Milan's Galleria of the 1860s, an exclusive group of cafes and boutiques inside a glass-covered atrium. Included are exclusive stores like Fred Joaillier and Dolce & Gabbana.  The Galleria is high-end shopping at its finest. In addition, The Galleria is home to 43 outstanding restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and Planet Hollywood, which have become favorite tourist destinations. Galleria visitors can also take advantage of two hotels, the Westin Galleria and the Westin Oaks, located on the property, as well as enjoy ice skating on the popular indoor Olympic-size rink. Since the Galleria has a constant stream of international customers, it offers Texas Tax Back, a sales tax refund service which assists foreign tourists in recovering their sales taxes on retail purchases for export. Valet parking is also offered.

More than 16.5 million shoppers converge on Houston's Galleria each year.  The original Galleria, with its own enormous glass ceiling, opened in November 1970 and has expanded twice to add the Galleria II in 1974 and Galleria III in 1986. Further exspansion is planned with the addition of a Norstrom store and the construction of Galleria IV.

Further enhancing The Galleria's image is the fact that it is conveniently located in the Uptown Houston District, a four-mile area where visitors can
find first-class hotels, lush green spaces, international haute couture, gourmet restaurants and art. Across the street from The Galleria, Centre at Post Oak features CompUSA, FAO Schwarz, Barnes & Noble and Old Navy.

Greenspoint Mall (1976/1989/1996)  1,538,972 sq.ft. - 161 stores
208 Greenspoint Mall, Houston  (I-45N @ Greens Rd., 13 miles North of Downtown Houston)
(281) 875-4201
The downtown of Houston’s north side, Greenspoint contains 13 million square feet of commercial development. This equals or exceeds the central business districts of St. Louis, Baltimore or San Diego.  18 companies have their U.S. or world headquarters in Greater Greenspoint.  Plans for a recently granted Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) include physical improvements to the Airline Drive corridor between West Road and Aldine Bender. Lush landscaping, buried utilities and new light standards are among the proposed improvements.  Major Anchor Stores: Dillard's, Foley's, JC Penney, Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward, Sears

Gulfgate Mall (1956)  800,000 sq.ft. - 80 stores
500 Gulfgate Mall, Houston (Gulf Freeway/I-45 South @ Woodridge)
(713) 643-5777
Gulfgate Mall opened in 1956 as the area's first regional open air mall. In 1962, the mall became an enclosed shopping center. After years of decline, the mall was shut down in 2000.

In 2001 the original mall was demolished and was redeveloped into a strip mall configuration, anchored by H-E-B, Best Buy, Office Depot, Marshalls, and The Home Depot.

Highland Village  265,000 sq.ft.
4001 Westheimer Road, Houston 
(713) 850-3100
A few blocks east of The Galleria on Westheimer, features an ever-expanding selection of fine upscale shops. Cole Haan, Williams-Sonoma, Harold Powell, Pottery Barn and Tootsies flagship store make this stop a must-see.

Mall of the Mainland (1991) 
10000 Emmett F Lowry Expy, Texas City (Gulf Freeway/I-45 South @ FM 1764 & FM 2004)
(409) 986-7000
Galveston County's central shopping complex,  main stores include Dillard's, Foley's, JCPenny, Palais Royal and Sears. The mall also houses a 12-screen movie theatre.

Memorial City Mall (1966)  1,330,834 sq.ft. - 150 stores
900 Memorial City, Houston   (Southeast corner of Gessner and the Katy Freeway/I-10 West)
(713) 932-0076 general info / (713) 464-8640 mgmt. office
Memorial City is quickly becoming West Houston's premier shopping mall.  Currently anchored by Foley's, Mervyn's, Montgomery Wards and Sears, the next two years will see the return of Lord & Taylor and  the additions of Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus. Other retailers include Palais Royal, Mars Music and Victoria's Secret.  Note: Memorial City boasts the most upscale Foley's of the retailer's 14 Houston locations due to the mall's prime Memorial setting.

Meyerland Plaza  (1957/1996)  910,000 sq.ft.
4700 Beechnut Street, Houston (West Loop 610 @ Beechnut)
(713) 664-1166
After a complete redesign and renovation starting in 1994, Meyerland Plaza has regained its position as a premier shopping destination. Although the shopping center once lost out to the enclosed malls of the late 1970s and 1980s,  its new design is more appropriate than malls for the time-pressed shoppers. Consumers are offered direct access to retailers instead of spending precious time hunting for stores that are tucked away inside large malls.  Meyerland Plaza houses a mix of power retailers -- Bed, Bath & Beyond, Border's Books, Marshall's, Office Max, Service Merchandise, Steinmart -- along with longtime anchors such as Palais Royal and JC Penney, restaurants and smaller tenants. These include Bridesmart, Hallmark and Lane Bryant.  Other attractions are a Saltgrass Steak House and an 8-screen movie theatre.

Northland Mall
1457 Spring Cypress Road, Spring
(281) 355-7700

Northline Commons (formerly Northline Mall, 1963)  37 stores
113 Northline Mall, Houston (I-45N @ Crosstimbers)
(713) 692-6131
Major Anchor Stores: Marshall's, Ross and Conn's

Northwest Mall (1968)  806,497 sq.ft. - 72 stores new url
9930 Hempstead Road, Houston  (at the intersection of Highway 290 and West Loop/610)
(713) 681-1303
Major Anchor Stores: Macy's, JC Penney

Old Town Spring
405 Main Street, Spring
(281) 353-9310
Travel back in time and visit a village with all the charm and atmosphere of a small Texas town in the early 1900's.  This historic village is open year round for your shopping convenience, with over 150 shops, restaurants and galleries. 

The Park Shops in Houston Center 
1200 McKinney at San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77010 
(713) 759-1442 
More than 75 shops and restaurants. Across from George R. Brown Convention Center. Shop 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Merchant-validated garage parking.

Pasadena Town Square  697,605 sq.ft.
171 Pasadena Town Square Mall, Pasadena (Pasadena Blvd. @ Harris)
(713) 473-8500

Pearland Town Center   718,000 sq. ft. - 95 stores
Corner of State Hwy 288 & FM 518, Pearland, TX 77584
(713) 340-0704One of the newest shooping centers in the Houston area, Pearland Town Center is an open-air mall with Dillard's, Macy's, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Sports Authority as it's major anchors.

Rice Village
(Eastside of Kirby, between Sunset Blvd. and University Blvd.)
An eclectic retail neighborhood, Rice Village offers more than 325 stores, ranging from well-known names to fashionable designer boutiques, art and craft galleries, European-style spas and old-fashioned mom-and-pop shops. Adding to the selection, the impressive Village Arcade features national retailers like Eddie Bauer and Banana Republic.

River Oaks Shopping Center
(West Gray, East of Sheppard)
In the shadow of Houston's fashionable River Oaks neighborhood, River Oaks Shopping Center presents a string of art-deco inspired stores along West Gray.  More than 65 upscale shops and galleries call this locale - Houston's oldest shopping district - home. 

San Jacinto Mall (1981)  1,159,848 sq.ft. - 180 stores
(Baytown-East Freeway/I-10E @ Garth Rd.)
713-421-4533
Major Anchor Stores: Foley's, JC Penney, Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward, Sears

Sharpstown Center (1961/1980/1993)  1,430,000 sq.ft.
201 Sharpstown Center, Houston (Southwest Freeway/US 59 and Bellaire Blvd.)
(713) 777-5391
Sharpstown started it all!  Houston's first mall was also the country's first air-conditioned, indoor shopping center. Located at Bellaire Boulevard and U.S. 59, Sharpstown Center is in an area that’s seen dramatic demographic shifts since the property was built in 1961.

Occupancy has fallen over the years as newer shopping centers opened and the economy worsened. Sharpstown has lost all but one of its major anchors. Excluding the anchor space, it’s less than 40 percent occupied.

Macy’s departed last year, around which time the property was put into bankruptcy. The owner of Sharpstown Center recently unveiled a proposal to revive the languishing shopping mall by adding a family entertainment area, a movie theater showing international films, a grocery store and a marketplace for local vendors to sell their wares.

Town & Country Village  (1968/1996) 375,000 sq.ft. 
650 West Bound, Houston (East side of Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8, between Memorial Drive and the Katy Freeway/I-10 West)
(713) 464-7353

Upper Kirby District
Midway between Rice Village and River Oaks, specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores and designer showrooms paint an appealing picture known as the Upper Kirby District. The popular Gallery Row is located here, showcasing some of Texas’ finest artists. At the Antique
Pavilion, everything from fine antique furniture to vintage estate jewelry can be found. Close by, River Oaks Antiques Center and Brownstone Gallery shine with thousands of exquisite items. 

Uptown Park (1999)
Post Oak @ West Loop 610, Houston
(713) 840-8474
Uptown's newest and most unique center is truly "a European-style shopping experience" in a setting reminiscent of an Italian village are specialty shops and fabulous restaurants amidst exquisite landscaping, across from the luxurious Villa d'Este residential high-rise condominium. 

West Oaks Mall (1984)  1,147,435 sq.ft. - 110 stores
Westheimer & Highway 6, Houston 
(281) 531-1332
Serving Far West Houston, West Oaks Mall is convenient to the Alief, Katy and West Memorial areas.  Major department stores include Dillard's, Foley's, JC Penney, Mervyn's, Palais Royal and Sears.

Willowbrook Mall (1981)  1,469,240 sq.ft. - 167 stores
7925 Fm 1960 Road W., Houston (Southeast corner of Hwy 249 & FM 1960 West)
(281) 890-6255
Northwest Houston's major shopping destination, serving the Aldine, Champions, Compaq, Cy-Fair and Klein areas as well as Tomball. Major anchor stores include Dillard's, Foley's, JC Penney, Macy's, Montgomery Ward and Sears.   In addition to the mall, the Willowbrook area is home to several large shopping centers with a full selection of major retailers.

The Woodlands Mall (1994)  1,173,000 sq.ft. - 160 stores
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Spring  (off the North Freeway/I-45N)
(281) 363-3409 / (281)363-3363
Originally anchored by Dillard's, Foley's, Mervyn's and Sears, the mall added  JCPenney to this strong line-up in 1998. The Woodlands is enjoying continued traffic and sales growth. In addition, the mall features an 11-unit food court with a carousel and a solid, specialty retail mix that includes Talbot's, Gap, Gap Kids, Abercrombie & Fitch, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor and Warner Bros. A 17-screen theater on the mall's ring road rounds out the retail/entertainment mix. 

The Woodlands Town Center

Outlet Malls

Katy Mills
  (1999) 1,300,000 sq.ft. 
5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy (Katy Freeway/I-10W and Katy-Fort Bend County Road)
(281) 644-5000
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. /Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Located just 25 miles West of Downtown Houston on Interstate 10, Katy Mills is a 1.3 million-square-foot (GLA) market dominant retail and entertainment destination. Katy Mills features more than 200 of the best names in manufacturers' and retail outlets, off price retailers and unique specialty stores, the Katy Field Day Food Court, various themed restaurants, a 20 screen, state of the art, movie theatre and several high-quality, family-oriented entertainment venues. Some of the stores found there are Animagic, Banana Republic Factory Store, Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, Kenneth Cole New York, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Pfaltzgraff, Timberland Outlet and World Traveler Outlet. 

The Strand Outlet Shops - Galveston
1870 Strand, Galveston
(409) 762-4815
The Strand Historic District also offers a wide selection of factory outlet stores, ranging from imported goods to clothing to sunglasses.  Stores include: Bass Shoe, IZOD, Sunglass Hut and Van Heusen. and others. Near the Strand and just off Saengerfest Park is Bass Outlet at 2314 Harborside Drive.  At 2222 Strand, you'll find the Van Heusen Factory Outlet. Around the corner you'll find Goodbar's Jewelry & Gallery Outlet, 126 Tremont, featuring Howard Miller crystal and porcelain, and Sunglass Hut, 110 Tremont, offering an array of name-brand sunglasses. The Mikasa Factory Outlet, 2225 Strand, is a great place for gifts and china. On the opposite corner from Mikasa is the New York Dress Outlet, 2228 Mechanic, offering name brand clothing at discount prices.

Houston Premium Outlets
29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress TX 77433
(281) 304-5820

Gulfway Plaza - La Marque
11009 Delaney Road, Lamarque, TX(45 minutes South of Houston and 15 minutes from Galveston off the Gulf Freeway/I-45S)
409-938-3333

La Marque - Factory Stores of America Outlet Centers
11001 Delaney Street, La Marque (45 minutes South of Houston and 15 minutes from Galveston off the Gulf Freeway/I-45S)
(409) 938-3333 or (800) SHOP-USA

Hempstead - Factory Stores of America Outlet Centers
805 Factory Outlet Dr., Hempstead (55 minutes northwest of Houston on Highway 290)
(800) SHOP-USA or (409) 826-8277 
Stores include: Banister Shoe, Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics, Van Heusen & VF Outlet.

Livingston - Factory Stores of America Outlet Centers
440 U.S. 59 Loop S., Livingston
(800) SHOP-USA or (409) 327-7881
Livingston is one hour northwest of Houston. Stores include: Banister Shoe, Van Heusen, VF Outlet (which includes quite a number of brand name outlets), and others.

Prime Outlets at Conroe
Conroe Outlet Center
1111 League Line Rd., #105, Conroe (I-45N, Exit 91)
(409) 756-0999
Shop over 75 outlet stores at Conroe Outlet Center including Casual Corner, Bugle Boy, County Seat, Nike, Mikasa and more!

Local/Regional Department Stores

Beall's

Smalltown Texas' answer to a department store, Beall's is part of the Houston-based Stage Stores, Inc.  Beall's offers brand-name family apparel, accessories, footwear and cosmetics.

Dillard's - 12 Houston area locations
Arkansas-based Dillard's, Inc. comprises 300 plus traditional stores and five clearance centers in 29 states, offering a distinctive mix of name-brand and private-label merchandise. With everyday value pricing and special emphasis on fashion apparel and home furnishings, Dillard's appeals to middle and upper-middle income consumers. Many of the Houston locations were former Joske's stores, bought out by Dillard's in the 1980's.

Palais Royal
A chain of smaller department stores that can be found in several Houston malls and shopping centers, Palais Royal is part of the Houston-based Stage Stores, Inc.  The chain offers nationally-known, brand-name family apparel, accessories, footwear and cosmetics. Owned by Beall's

 

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