Baybrook Mall

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Baybrook Mall
Baybrook Mall entrance
Location Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°32′32″N 95°08′54″W / 29.54217°N 95.148403°W / 29.54217; -95.148403Coordinates: 29°32′32″N 95°08′54″W / 29.54217°N 95.148403°W / 29.54217; -95.148403
Address 500 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood, TX
Opening date 1978
Owner General Growth Properties[1]
No. of stores and services 195[2]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,240,000 sq ft (115,000 m2).[2]
No. of floors 1 (2 in Sears, Forever 21 and Macy's, 3 in Dillard's)
Website Official Website

Baybrook Mall is a shopping mall located in Houston, Texas.[3] The mall is located off Interstate 45.[4] It has a Friendswood mailing address,[5] and it is also in proximity to Webster and the NASA Johnson Space Center.[4] The mall's anchor stores are Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and a large-scale Forever 21.

It is located 18 mi southeast of downtown Houston at Interstate 45 South and Bay Area Blvd. It has five major anchors and more than 170 stores and restaurants. It has 1,240,000 square feet (115,200 m²) of retail space.[citation needed]


Early years[edit]

Baybrook Mall was first conceived in 1973 as a regional mall serving the growing Clear Lake Area and became reality when construction of the mall completed in 1978. Though considerably large for its trade area at the time, the mall quickly became successful with the trade area's affluent customer base that previously went to Almeda Mall for retail services (even though that mall continued to prosper with anchors Foley's and JCPenney).The first anchor tenants were Montgomery Ward, Sears and Joske's. Law/Kingdon was the original architect.

In 1985 an expansion commenced that added Macy's and Mervyn's as the two new anchors. In February 1989 Baybrook Mall was 96% occupied, making it the mall with the second highest percentage of occupied space in the Houston area.[6]

In 1997, Macy's vacated the mall when it sold its three suburban Houston locations (other than its store at the Galleria) to Dillard's, which continued to maintain the store it had acquired from Joske's in 1988. After Montgomery Ward went bankrupt in 2001, the former Wards space was eventually filled by Foley's which filled the space temporarily until it acquired the Dillard's previously occupied by Joske's and built a new store in its place in late 2004. JCPenney would eventually fill the previous Montgomery Ward/Foley's space. In 2006, Macy's returned to Baybrook when its parent company acquired Foley's and converted its stores to the Macy's nameplate.


In November 2015, Baybrook Mall completed the first part of a two-phase expansion, part of a plan to help Baybrook compete with both the Pearland Town Center and the Tanger Outlet Mall in Texas City, which have direct competition with Baybrook (even though Baybrook is considered the dominant shopping center in the immediate trade area).[7] The combined expansion will make it the second largest mall in the Houston area, after The Galleria.[4] The first phase consists of a lifestyle addition that adds several upscale stores and restaurants, as well as a Star Cinema Grill and the Greater Houston region's third Dave & Buster's (and the first outside of Houston city limits). The second phase will consist of a new 270,000-sq. ft. power center that is slated to be constructed adjacent to the lifestyle expansion, with Dick's Sporting Goods (one of five being proposed throughout Greater Houston) as one of the anchor tenants.[8]

Anchor Stores[edit]

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  2. ^ a b General Growth Properties: Baybrook, accessed January 17, 2011
  3. ^ "SN_81.pdf" (Archive). Retrieved on March 31, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Kaplan, David. "Major expansion set for Baybrook Mall." Houston Chronicle. March 24, 2014. Retrieved on March 31, 2014. "The company that owns the indoor shopping complex off the Gulf Freeway in suburban Webster will add 555,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space and create a community lawn the length of a football field."
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Baybrook Mall. Retrieved on March 31, 2014. "Mall Location 500 Baybrook Mall Friendswood, Texas 77546"
  6. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Sales at Houston malls rise/Local retailers cite improving economy, shuttle flights." Houston Chronicle. Friday February 17, 1989. Business 1. Retrieved on August 3, 1989.
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  8. ^ "Dick's Sporting Goods expands to metro Houston with five stores". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 

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