Address: 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston, TX, 77070
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Willowbrook Mall is a 1.53-million-square-foot regional shopping mall located at the intersection of Texas State Highway 249 and FM 1960 in northwest Houston, Texas. The enclosed, single-level mall currently houses 160 retail stores and is anchored by Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, Macy's Men's & Furniture, and Sears. The mall, owned by General Growth Properties, is among the largest five Houston-area retail developments based on net rentable area, ranking third in 2000, and is considered a major retailing center of northwest Houston. The mall targets 954,920 residents in the northwestern Greater Houston region, which is projected to increase to 1,104,755 residents within 5 years.History
The mall opened in 1981, during the rapid growth phase of northwest Houston during the early 1980s, with anchors Foley's, Joske's, Montgomery Ward, and Sears. The final two anchor locations were developed when Macy's opened a new store in 1984 and JCPenney added a new store in 1992.
Homart Development Co., a unit of Sears, Roebuck and Co., sold the mall to a group of investors in 1990. The mall underwent extensive remodeling in 1992.
The Joske's chain was bought by Dillard's in 1987. After opening a larger location in 1997 that was originally occupied by Macy's, Dillard's planned to operate its original Joske's location featuring a men's department and housewares and stock the usual merchandise in the space formerly occupied by Macy's. But Dillard's abandoned plans to operate two stores at the mall in 1998 and sold the original Joske's store to Lord & Taylor, who opened its new 122,212-square-foot store later the same year. As part of May Department Stores' reconfiguration of Lord & Taylor in January 2003, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would close all Houston-area stores, including its five-year-old Willowbrook Mall location. The store closed in January 2004, and the location is now being demolished as part of a new project.
Montgomery Ward closed in March 2001 after the 128-year-old company went out of business. The store was taken over by Foley's in 2003 for a second location specializing in menswear and a furniture gallery. In 2006, the two Foley's stores became Macy's as part of Federated Department Stores' conversion of multiple store names into the Macy's name following its acquisition of May.
The mall was bought by General Growth Properties in 2001 from a pension fund managed by Lend Lease Real Estate Investments Inc. The 1.5-million-square-foot mall was cited as "one of the most successful retail shopping malls in Houston, consistently ranking near the Galleria, Memorial City Mall and Baybrook Mall as one of the area's top-grossing malls per square foot," producing "...sales of about $430 per square foot." Dillards completed a renovation of its Willowbrook store the same year, expanding the anchor space by 50 percent.Anchors
Dillard's (opened 1984 as Macy's, became Dillard's 1997, 268,596 sq. ft.)
JCPenney (opened 1992, 146,126 sq. ft.)
Macy's (opened 1981 as Foley's, became Macy's 2006, 238,729 sq. ft.)
Macy's Men's & Furniture (opened 1981 as Montgomery Ward, became Foley's Men's/Home 2003, became Macy's Men's/Home 2006, 156,258 sq. ft.)
Sears (opened 1981, 174,663 sq. ft.)
Vacant (opened 1981 as Joske's, became Dillard's 1987, became Lord & Taylor 1998, closed 2004, demolished for redevelopment 2006, 122,212 sq. ft.)