The Houston Galleria shopping center, situated at 5085 Westheimer Road, is to undergo renovations to the tune of $250m.
This is according to the owner of the mall, Simon Property Group.
The renovations will commence during spring this year, but certain parts of the remodeling has already begun. The overall renovation will include a flagship store, measuring 200000ft², for Saks Fifth Avenue, which will be placed adjacent to its former location.
Houston Galleria originally opened during 1970 and underwent renovations and expansion during 2006.
It is the intention of the owners to convert the center into a multi-level extension incorporating 110000ft², which will house 35 new restaurants and retailers. The new extension will be anchored by Neiman Marcus on one end and Saks Fifth Avenue on the other.
The CEO of Simon Property Group, David Simon, said the project will offer consumers luxury shopping, with unique eating choices and high-level brands.
There are also plans to give the luxury wing of the Houston Galleria a $30m facelift. The wing will be occupied by Tod’s and La Perla later during the year, with Top Man and Top Shop due to open during March. Celine is due to open in the center during 2016.
The newcomers to the mall will sit alongside retailers such as Rolex, Hublot, Trina Turk, John Varvatos and Tourbillion. Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Apple, David Yurman, CH Carolina Herrera, Bulgari, Gucci, Chanel and Versace have renewed their leases and have undergone renovations.
There are also plans to construct a freestanding retail section along Westheimer Road, measuring 14000ft². It will be the only freestanding retail structure to be connected to the other part of the center by means of a covered walkway.
The new area will house two new tenants, the apparel brand, Webster and an international restaurant, both of which will open their doors next year. This space is to be the first location outside of Florida for Webster, which is due to open during November. Celine and La Perla are also newcomers to the Texas retail market.
The structure is being designed by JPRA Architecture, with Beck as the architect/contractor on record.
Enhancements to the interior of the center include white marble flooring with accents of black granite, new rugs, new seating, elevated lighting and improved interior landscaping. The food court will be enhanced with upgraded tiling, furniture, lighting and a new roster of tenants.
Houston Galleria is the largest shopping mall within Texas, with 400 restaurants and stores, three office blocks and two high-rise hotels.
The property is managed, developed and owned by Simon Property Group.