San Jacinto Mall

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San Jacinto Mall
LocationBaytown, Texas, United States
Coordinates29°47′59″N 94°59′4″W / 29.79972°N 94.98444°W / 29.79972; -94.98444Coordinates: 29°47′59″N 94°59′4″W / 29.79972°N 94.98444°W / 29.79972; -94.98444
Address16900 Garth Road
Opening dateMarch 4, 1981 (37 years ago) (1981-03-04)
ManagementFidelis Realty Partners
OwnerFidelis Realty Partners
No. of stores and services100+
No. of anchor tenants3 (formerly 8)
Total retail floor area1,156,000 sq ft (107,400 m2)[1]
No. of floors1 with partial upper level (2 in Macy's, Sears, and former Service Merchandise)
Websitewww.sanjacintomall.com

San Jacinto Mall is a very large regional shopping mall located in Baytown, Texas along Interstate 10. It is currently managed by Fidelis Realty Partners. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,156,000 sq ft (107,400 m2).[1]

In 2006 the mall's current owner has announced that it is putting the mall up for sale.[2]

History[edit]

San Jacinto Mall opened its doors in 1981.[3] At the time, the mall was relatively large for the immediate market area but nonetheless successful in the beginning. It had four large wings, shaped much like two overlapping "L's". In the central area of the mall was a JCPenney and the food court coined "The Market". The other wings each had one anchor and one junior anchor: a northwest wing, originally anchorless until Mervyns filled the vacant pad in the early 80's, along with a HJ Wilson Catalog Showroom as junior anchor, a southwest wing with Foley's and Palais Royal as junior anchor, a southeast wing with Montgomery Ward and junior anchor Bealls, and a northeast wing bearing a Sears and junior anchor The Fair. Over the years, the mall primarily had trouble competing with the many new, big box stores that had sprung up along Garth Road, south of the mall, in Baytown. Service Merchandise and Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 (both due to a countrywide company liquidation). Bealls also vacated the same year. These anchors have never been retenanted. The next major loss happened in early 2006, when Mervyns closed all Houston area stores. In addition to the southeast wing, the northwest wing of the mall was also now anchorless. Soon after, a proposal was rendered by NewQuest Properties to demolish both the southeast wing (former Bealls/Wards) and northwest wing (former Mervyns/SM) and transform them into "lifestyle" additions. Foley's was rebranded as Macy's in September 2006. In November 2006, Triyar Cos. LLC, owned by the Yari family, put the mall and several other Greater Houston malls for sale; the company allowed a buyer to either buy an individual property, or buy all of them at once.[4] As of January 2014, demolition of the two wings and construction of the "lifestyle" additions had yet to commence and it is unclear whether this proposal is still being considered or if it has been shelved. It was reported on July 16, 2015, that a sale of the mall to Fidelis Realty Partners had been finalized. The mall will be redesigned to an open air complex with the original anchor stores. The project will take three years to complete.[5] On October 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing in December 2018 as part of a plan to close 12 stores nationwide which will leave JCPenney and Macy's as the only anchors left.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b International Council of Shopping Centers data for San Jacinto Mall, accessed January 4, 2007 Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Mall put up for sale, Which was handed to Fidelis Realty Partners in 2015." Baytown Sun. December 7, 2006.[dead link]
  3. ^ Elder, Laura. "New owner mulls `big changes' for troubled San Jacinto Mall." Houston Business Journal. Friday April 10, 1998. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Dawson, Jennifer. "Celebrity owner puts group of local malls on the selling block." Houston Business Journal. Friday November 24, 2006. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "Mall sale final".
  6. ^ http://baytownsun.com/news/article_30800282-c6ba-11e8-a5d7-3bc2e1d718d7.html

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