iah77

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  1. That statement only covers the first phase of the project, the footprint of the current building is small in relation to the site so imagine it at the core of a much larger development perhaps like something you'd see at porta nuova.
  2. OR how about we hold our clown of a mayor and police accountable?:) Don't act like this is an isolated event, crime is getting really out of control in Houston. Seems no day goes by without seeing a car with broken glass from a break-in or a house nearby getting robbed. I even had plants stolen from my garden lol...
  3. Totally shocked but De Boulle was basically totally destroyed today and the store looted. Houston never seems to surprise these days... Stuff like this doesn't even happen in places like Mexico City or Sao Paulo anymore. Really hope does not harm future investment in the project or Houston. http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/09-14-16-with-guns-hammers-theives-empty-river-oaks-district-jewelry-store-in-broad-daylight-video/#slide=0
  4. The comments on here are a bit shocking, it seems no one knows how important and prestigious the Aga Khan foundation is.... Most of their projects are done by Pitzker Prize winners, including their huge project in Toronto by Fumihiko Maki and the water gardens are by an amazing guy based out of Beirut. People should google but their collections rotate among museums such as The Hermitage in St.Petersburg and the like of the Louvre and it would be amazing for Houston. It would be a MAJOR gift to have a project of theirs here and the monkeys who probably went to HCC at HCAD probably don't understand that but whatever : ) We'll see what mess this new administration gets us into anyways.
  5. No homework was needed as this is common knowledge, and fyi Chalhoub Group ALSO owns Harvey Nicols in Dubai so I recommend you like their Facebook page since you seem to be a huge fan of theirs lol. They are a sweet family from Damascus operating out of UAE. And I'm not a troll, but if you all would like to call me that for having a working knowledge of the retail and development sectors, then more that welcome. I honestly felt I needed to contribute because the request were getting a little crazy, next it was going to be that Chanel should relocate their global headquarters to ROE lol.
  6. Lol, "Galleria officials" as in Simon Malls which does not own that site?:D That Dillards is a really beautiful modernist piece and will not be touched as it's one of the highest performing stores in their portfolio. Bloomingdales is owned by Federated Department store out of cough Ohio [The same owners as Macy's] so basically it's an upscale Macy's with Macy's service lol. Can you imagine that after they bought Folley's, they though Houston was so ruinous that they would rather have 2 full line redundant Macy's than just have one as a Bloomingdales? [And those were during the good years...]. They only reason the one in Dubai is nicer than the others is because its franchised by Chalhoub Group who own about half the luxury stores in the gulf; and everything is always overt he top. A second Bloomingdales will be opening in Abu Dhabi soon also under their ownership. Neither would survive here and it's not because of lack of money, its simply because in Houston there is not a reason to spend so much to look good with so many options. What are you going to do, wear couture to go to Kirby or the slew on nonexistent luxury bars and hotels lol? There is not enough social infastructure to need to be so competitive here yet, maybe in the future
  7. Barneys did not even survive in Dallas a few years after making a huge investment and it is very unrealistic for such a progressive store to open in a city known for dressing conservatively and badly. Even Forty Five Ten which is from Texas itself is being super conservative with a minuscule store of 5000 sqft when their Dallas store is over 35,000. If Barneys opened here it would suffer the fate you described where lots of people would go "live" there to occupy space and not actually buy anything which is what people here love to do causing the business to be bad and send the real clientele to Beverly Hills and NYC aka squatter free stores. [Will happen, just not in next 5 years lol]
  8. Barneys did not even survive in Dallas a few years after making a huge investment and it is very unrealistic for such a progressive store to open in a city known for dressing conservatively and badly. Even Forty Five Ten which is from Texas itself is being super conservative with a minuscule store of 5000 sqft when their Dallas store is over 35,000. If Barneys opened here it would suffer the fate you described where lots of people would go "live" there to occupy space and not actually buy anything which is what people here love to do causing the business to be bad and send the real clientele to Beverly Hills and NYC aka squatter free stores.
  9. I don't see the excitement, many of these stores are barely larger than the existing shop-in-shops in the galleria lol. I'm sure if you ask the manager this Van Cleef has to be the smallest store in the USA period. You all should see the one they just opened in Miami. That's a real store, Houston was totally shorted on this project.I feel many of these are doing the bare minimum to have a brand presence but to each their own. It's not like its fun to buy nice things in you own city anyways lol.
  10. *Exciting moment where you know something first for once. This building will be located on Allen pkwy right almost next to the Royalton on that curve.
  11. This is my first post here but the old holiday inn building is going to renovated and turned into a W hotel although I haven't heard from my friend if the current economic forecast could impact that decision and delay the project.