1960 - On September 23 Community Research & Development Corporation (later to become The Rouse Company) opens the doors to North Star Mall, a new 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) fully enclosed shopping center located at the intersection of San Pedro Avenue and Loop 13 (now Interstate 410 Connally Loop). The center opens with Wolff and Marx, H-E-B, Walgreens and 50 other shops and is the fifth shopping center developed by CRDC. A time capsule scheduled to be opened in 1985 is laid to commemorate the mall's opening.
1963 - The mall is expanded and new anchor Frost Bros. is opened.
1964 - A two-screen movie theater is added to the mall.
1969 - The mall is expanded and Wolff and Marx relocates into a new four-level building as part of the expansion and is renamed Joske's. A two-level parking deck with a full service Texaco is added south of Joske's.
1974 - The Rouse Company sells a 62.5% stake in North Star Mall to Rodamco North America.
1980 - A pair of 40-foot (12 m)-tall cowboy boots, a sculpture by artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade entitled 'The Giant Justins,' were installed on the I-410 frontage road. The mall promotes the sculpture, created for the Washington Project for the Arts in 1979, as the "world's largest pair of cowboy boots."
1982 - A major renovation of the mall is completed, adding food and music courts as well as a new Foley's that is located on the former H-E-B and original Walgreens sites.
1985 - A new multi-level parking garage and two-story wing are added to the mall along with new anchor Saks Fifth Avenue. North Star Mall celebrates its 25th anniversary, opens the 1960 time capsule, and dedicates a new one that was opened on September 23, 2010.
1986 - Two additional multi-level parking garages are opened and another three-story wing is added to the mall that includes new anchor Marshall Field's and a new food court. Foley's expands its store to 256,000 square feet (23,800 m2) by extending the store several feet north.
1987 - Joske's is bought by and renamed Dillard's.
1989 - Frost Bros. is liquidated and closed. The Gucci boutique previously located in there relocates to a new two-level store adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue.
1992 - Mervyns opens in the former Frost Bros. location.
1997 - Marshall Field's pulls out of the Texas market and the North Star Mall location is purchased by and converted into Macy's. Saks Fifth Avenue completes a major renovation on its existing store and also opens a new men's store in space leased from the mall directly adjacent to the existing store.
2000 - The Rouse Company sells an additional stake in North Star Mall to Rodamco, leaving Rouse less than 5% ownership of the property.
2002 - The Rouse Company reassumes ownership of North Star Mall by purchasing the property (and several others) from Rodamco North America.
2004 - The Rouse Company begins a multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. The renovation is to be the most extensive renovation the mall has seen in its history.General Growth Properties purchases The Rouse Company and becomes owner of the mall. The scheduled renovation of the mall is postponed as a result of the transaction.
2005 - As a result of the Federated Department Stores/May Department Stores transaction, Macy's announces it will close their 178,000-square-foot (16,500 m2) three-level store at North Star in 2006 and rebrand the 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) Foley's store as Macy's.
2006 - General Growth Properties purchases the Macy's location from Federated. Mall officials announced that J.C. Penney would open a store in the former Macy's/Marshall Field's location in summer 2007. A multimillion-dollar renovation planned since 1999 but stalled due to the 2004 ownership change finally resumes. Renovations will include the mall's interior and exterior, including the addition of ten-foot letters outside the mall spelling out "North Star." As part of the Federated/May merger, Macy's is closed and Foley's is renamed Macy's. The former Foley's location becomes Macy's San Antonio flagship store.
2007 - J.C. Penney opens in the former Macy's location on August 2.
2008 - California-based Mervyns announces on August 13 that it will close its three San Antonio stores (including the North Star Mall location) by November 2008.
Previous anchors include Wolff and Marx, Frost Bros. (the space now occupied by Mervyns), Marshall Field's (the space most recently occupied by Macy's, then re-opened as J.C. Penney in summer 2007), and Foley's (the space now occupied by Macy's). Wolff and Marx closed in 1969 (and owner Joske's opened a new four-level Joske's store the same year), Frost Bros. was liquidated in 1989 after one year in bankruptcy, Marshall Field's exited the Texas market in 1997, and Foley's was renamed Macy's in 2006.
There used to be an underground arcade, called the Music Court. Added in 1982 near the north entry between the recently vacated Macy's (to become J.C. Penney) and Saks Fifth Avenue, it was accessible only by escalator. In the early 1980s, the arcade's tenants included Expensive Toys for Big Boys, a record store, and a music store. An Oshman's Sporting Goods store leased the entire arcade space in the late 1980s and moved the escalator to the main corridor of pedestrian traffic for prime access. The Oshman's closed in the 1990s when it opened a superstore across the highway (now The Sports Authority), and the underground space has since been closed off.
The parking garage added in the mid-1980s between Saks and Dillard's displaced the mall's movie theater complex. The Texaco fuel station located in the mall's original underground garage (at the corner of Rector and McCullough) was also closed during the 1980s renovations.