Katy Mills

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Katy Mills
LocationKaty, Texas, United States
Coordinates29°46′32.38″N 95°48′33.67″W / 29.7756611°N 95.8093528°W / 29.7756611; -95.8093528Coordinates: 29°46′32.38″N 95°48′33.67″W / 29.7756611°N 95.8093528°W / 29.7756611; -95.8093528
Opening dateOctober 28, 1999 (22 years ago) (1999-10-28)
DeveloperThe Mills Corporation
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group (62.5%)
No. of stores and services160
No. of anchor tenants17
Total retail floor area1,201,104 sq ft (111,586.2 m2)[1]
No. of floors1

Katy Mills is a shopping mall in Katy, Texas within the Houston metropolitan area, and it is one of the tourist destinations in Houston, Texas. It was developed by The Mills Corporation and is now managed by Simon Property Group, who owns 62.5% of it. The mall opened on October 28, 1999[2] and hosted a variety of over 200 specialty stores. Katy Mills has about 1.3 million square feet (0.12 km2) of retail space.

Shopping center[edit]

Katy Mills is a one-story facility that sits on 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of land, located next to Typhoon Texas water park was opened in the Memorial Day weekend of May 2016 and just off of Interstate 10 on exit 741. The mall is built with a "racetrack" design and one complete pass around the mall on Katy Mills Cir. The road is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km).

Popular department stores and anchors including AMC Theatres, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Books-A-Million, Burlington Coat Factory, H&M, XXI Forever, Marshalls, Off Broadway Shoes, Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue, Old Navy, Rainforest Cafe, Restoration Hardware Outlet, Ross Dress for Less, Sun and Ski Sports, and Tilt Studio, some of which relocated from Sealy Outlet Center, which was supplanted by Katy Mills due to its distance from nearby Sealy. It has a food court, a carousel, a rock climbing wall, and a Disney Junior themed play area. Outside, various restaurants such as Red Lobster, Fuddruckers, T.G.I. Friday's, and Los Cucos surround the mall. There is also an AMC Theatres with 20 theater rooms.

History and store closures[edit]

On October 28, 1999, people gathered around to visit the newly open mall. Photos of the opening night can be found here, taken by Darel Rex Finley.

Originally, the mall featured Midnight Rodeo, which opened in 2003 and closed in 2006 and became a Circuit City prototype called "The City", which opened and closed in 2008 and it is now Ross Dress for Less in 2014.[3]

The mall also once featured the Jillian's restaurant and entertainment center. It closed in 2004[4] and became Steve & Barry's, which, in 2008 was closed and became Jumpstreet and Segway Outback,[5] which itself closed in 2019.[6] The mall also once featured Harold-Powell, which, in 2004 was closed and became Last Call by Neiman Marcus,[7] which was closed in August 2020.[8] In 2009, A Forever 21 outlet known as XXI Forever, opened between Neighborhoods 3 and 6. In 2010, Johnny Rockets closed and became DC Shoes, which closed in 2015 and is now Jared Vault. In 2012, Tilt Studio opened in the same place F.Y.E. used to be. In 2014, Old Navy was relocated next to Burlington in Neighborhood 5 and its old location is now H&M. On Summer 2016, Bed Bath and Beyond closed and became DR34M Home Rug and Design, which opened in early 2017 and it is now Restoration Hardware Outlet as of October 2017.

In 2018, Katy Mills started to renovate with a tile floor smash.[9] The interior renovation was completed in 2019.[10] Phase 2 begun on October 28, 2019.[11]

Katy Mills Mall sign, very close to renovation & removal of the sign
Katy Mills Mall sign, very close to renovation & removal of the sign

Katy Mills closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it reopened in June that year and added special signage to guide shoppers on how to stay safe.[12][13][14]

The shopping mall is located within Fort Bend County, Texas, although a future anchor space and a small portion of the parking lot is located in neighboring Harris County.[15]


  1. ^ Reserved., Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2017. All Rights. "Do Business at Katy Mills®, a Simon Property". business.simon.com.
  2. ^ PRNewswire October 28, 1999
  3. ^ "Is Katy Mills becoming the 'go-to' destination for Katy area families?". chron.com. 16 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Steve & Barry's store to open at mall". chron.com.
  5. ^ blog.chron.com December 20, 2013
  6. ^ "Jumpstreet playground inside Katy Mills closed in March". communityimpact.com. 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ Houston Business Journal July 26, 2004
  8. ^ "Neiman Marcus has decided which Last Call stores will remain open". dallasnews.com. 7 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Katy Mills is finally ready to leave the 90's behind". abc13.com. 8 March 2018.
  10. ^ "20 YEARS OF CHANGE: See how far Katy Mills Mall has come since it opened in 1999". abc13.com. 7 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Katy Mills begins exterior renovation project". communityimpact.com. 23 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Local, national businesses temporarily close due to coronavirus outbreak". click2houston.com. 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Katy Mills and The Galleria temporarily closing for COVID-19 outbreak". chron.com. 18 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Katy Mills joins crowd as closed facilities and cancelled events mount up". katytimes.com. 18 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Maps". www.bing.com.

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