CityCentre

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This article is about the Houston property development. For other uses, see City Center (disambiguation).
Town & Country Mall
Location Houston, Texas, U.S.
Opening date 1983
Closing date 2005
No. of anchor tenants 4
No. of floors 3

CityCentre is an upscale mixed-use development in Houston, Texas. It was originally known as Town & Country Mall, competing with the then upscale West Oaks Mall and neighboring Memorial City Mall. It was supposed to surpass the older Memorial City Mall but never did due to its location.

The lot was bought out by Midway Companies and closed to develop a new shopping, residential and business center known as CityCentre Houston. Opened in spring of 2010, CityCentre is a 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) development with 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of retail, restaurants and entertainment, 149,000 square feet (13,800 m2) fitness facility, 425,000 square feet (39,500 m2) of office space, as well as many different types of housing.[1][2]

History[edit]

Beginnings (1983–1990)[edit]

In 1983, Town & Country Mall opened on Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 in Houston. The three-level mall debuted with anchor tenants Joske's (became Dillard's after 1987 acquisition), JCPenney, Marshall Field's (became Saks Fifth Avenue after 1996 acquisition) and Neiman Marcus. The large, comfortable interior attracted residents from all over the surrounding area. Many large anchors, such as Dillard's, continued to flourish in the golden years of the mall.

The mall initially had a large food court on the third floor in the JC Penney wing, but it was soon replaced by a children's store called Twelve & Under, which offered a selection of toys and clothing in addition to a giant play structure. The only restaurant that remained in the food court area was a McDonald's. It featured booths within the inline store as well as seating out on the mall street. Numerous other restaurants were located throughout the rest of the mall.

By the late 1980s, Memorial City Mall, a nearby rival, was teetering on the brink of closure after Town & Country had taken the neighboring mall's 20-year grasp as the leading mall away. Town & Country was very popular through the 1980s, yet the 1990s saw a great depression.

Rapid decline (1991–2001)[edit]

Town & Country was a leader until the mid-1990s, when its popularity started to decrease. The mall was losing style with Houston shoppers as the interior became small and clogged while leasing space that was available could not handle larger stores that were demanded by many retailers. In fact, much of the mall's third level was vacant by the middle of the 1990s.

When the Beltway 8 and Interstate 10 interchange was rebuilt in 1989,[3] it obscured the view of the mall from the highways, giving Memorial City Mall an advantage since it was at the next Interstate 10 exit. Also, it was very hard to access the mall due to the limited amount of signage guiding people to the mall, and the clogged traffic of the Beltway 8 and Interstate 10 frontage roads. JCPenney pulled out in 2000 with the closing of several other stores nationwide. By the late 1990s, Town & Country was desperate for shoppers and tried to persuade them to come back by hosting model train conventions and such, but the mall never regained strength. By 2000, the mall was almost empty.

Closure (2002–2005)[edit]

In 2002, Memorial City Mall saw its opportunity to take back thousands of shoppers and started a huge renovation project. Dillard's then announced it would leave the mall and relocate to Memorial City after their lease expired in 2003. By 2004, only Neiman Marcus and a handful of national and local retailers remained, and when Dillard's relocated to Memorial City in favor of large, inexpensive retail space, Town & Country saw no other option but to close. JCPenney reopened inside the former Lord & Taylor space in Memorial City Mall after Lord & Taylor vacated the property in 2005. Late in 2004, the mall was demolished save for Neiman Marcus, which was slated to become part of a new development on the site of the former mall. However, Neiman Marcus later closed with an official closing sale in early 2006. The building has also since been demolished.

CityCentre (2005–present)[edit]

CityCentre
Location Houston, Texas
Address 800 West Sam Houston Parkway N
Opening Date 2009
Developer Midway Companies [4]
Website citycentrehouston.com

Following the demolition of the mall, all that remained were the mall's parking garages. In 2007, construction on a brand new outdoor shopping center, dubbed CityCentre, began. In mid-2008, the last structure from the original Town & Country Mall (the mall's entrance sign on the Beltway 8 frontage road) was taken down and replaced with a CityCentre sign. The new mall opened in early 2010.[5]

General design[edit]

The CityCentre was designed to be pedestrian friendly and car-independent. Since Houston has a low population density, and flourishing suburbs, the CityCentre is marketed towards people desiring to live in the city without having to travel far for food or the office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CityCentre Houston". CityCentre Houston. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  2. ^ CityCentre information at Midway Companies[dead link]
  3. ^ Slotboom, Oscar F. "Erik" (2003). Houston Freeways. Oscar F. Slotboom. ISBN 0-9741605-3-9.  Also available in full online: Houston Freeways.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Dawson, Jennifer (February 16, 2007). "CityCentre explodes with roster of high-end tenants". Houston Business Journal. 
  6. ^ "Affordable Luxury Houston Hotel: Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, A Boutique Hotel in Houston". Texas: Hotelsorella-citycentre.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  7. ^ "RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, Sushi, Sake & Japanese Fusion Cuisine, Takeout & Catering". Rasushi.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Steak, & Rhythm Restaurants | Eddie V's Restaurants". Eddiev.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Great Mexican Restaurants In Houston And Dallas | Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen". Cycloneanaya.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ "Norris Conference Centers - CityCentre Houston - Norris Conference Centers - Corporate Headquarters Norris Conference Centers". Norriscenters.com. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 

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Coordinates: 29°46′50″N 95°33′38″W / 29.780470°N 95.560423°W / 29.780470; -95.560423