Northwest Mall is a shopping mall located in Northwest Houston, Texas near the intersection of U.S. Route 290 and Loop 610. The mall opened in 1968 along with Almeda Mall, located on the south side of Houston. The malls, at one time, were near identical twins of one another.
The mall has 794,092 square feet (73,773.6 m2) in leasable space.
Due to the poor performance, Northwest Mall will permanently close on March 31, 2017.
The mall was once home, in a free-standing pad site outside the main property, to AMC Northwest 4 theatres. AMC Northwest 4 was one of the first multi-screen theatres built in Houston, Texas.
Upon opening, J. C. Penney owned their location and nearby parking, Foley's (now Macy's) owned their own location and nearby parking, and the remainder of the property was owned by the mall itself. This caused the land to be owned by three owners. In 2000, JC Penney closed their Northwest Mall location which has sat vacant until Thompson's Antique Center moved into the space in 2012. SRO sports bar, which had relocated to Northwest Mall in the summer of 2001, announced its closing Feb. 2013.
In 2006, the mall was about 64% occupied. During that year Glimcher Realty Trust put the mall up for sale, along with the Almeda Mall. In 2007, Levcor Inc purchased the main mall, giving them approximately 80% ownership of the property with only Macy's having its own independent owner.
Due to storm damage caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008, both Bath and Body Works and Macy's have closed their respective locations at Northwest Mall.
However, as of June 2013, the Macy's store is now closed, has taken their signage down, and the Macy's website does not reflect a Northwest Mall location.
The Mall, owned by Houston-based Levcor, is in the early planning stages of a redevelopment; but due to the planned city re-development of nearby Hempstead Highway, the shopping center is waiting to see what land they could potentially lose to eminent domain before proceeding.
Notes and references
- "Glimcher puts Almeda, Northwest malls up for sale." Houston Business Journal/Business First of Columbus. Friday May 19, 2006. 1. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
- Macy's Website
- Houston plans Hwy 290 Expansion
- Levcor plans Redevelopment of Northwest Mall
- Levcor Purchases Northwest Mall for $19M and plans re-development
- City of Houston to begin Right of Way acquisition process Summer 2009
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