Gulfgate Mall

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Coordinates: 29°41′54″N 95°17′42″W / 29.6984°N 95.2949°W / 29.6984; -95.2949

Gulfgate Sign

Gulfgate Mall, also known as Gulfgate Shopping City or Gulfgate Center, is a shopping center located in the East End, Houston, Texas, United States.[1] The mall is located northwest of the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and Interstate 610.

History[edit]

It was the first regional mall in the Houston area, opening as Gulfgate Shopping Center on September 20, 1956 with Joske's, Sakowitz, Weingarten's, J.J. Newberry and W.T. Grant.[2] The architects were John Graham & Company.[3]


In the early 1960s, while the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) was under construction in the Clear Lake area, NASA personnel opened temporary offices in center in about 3,000 square feet (280 m2) of floor space donated for the purpose by the Gulfgate management. MSC had a continuing operation there until additional office, engineering and laboratory space could be leased and made ready for occupation. Operations at the Gulfgate offices were largely concerned with procurement, personnel and public affairs.[4]

The shopping center was enclosed around 1967 and, after years of decline and competition, shuttered in 2000. In 2001 the original mall and the former Mervyns (across Woodridge) were demolished and redeveloped into a strip mall configuration, anchored by H-E-B, Best Buy, Office Depot, Marshalls, and Lowe's.[citation needed]

Anchors[edit]

Former mall anchors[edit]

All stores demolished in 2001

Former Gulfgate West anchors[edit]

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