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I used to get my haircuts at Visible Changes Too and yep, the Visible Changes in the Penny's wing was the very first salon in the chain.

The Anna's Linens location in the pic was originally an Oshman's sporting goods.

Anyone have any pics of Greenspoint when it was at its zenith? I have been searching for some across the internet with no success. Thanks!

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It's possible someone owns Greenspoint Mall pictures. Even shoddily done pictures could look a bit better with Photoshop.

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Thanks for that list Firebird, and the memories.

I used to go to that mall back in the late 70's when I lived off Louetta near Kuykendahl. Greenspoint was THE mall for the northwest suburbs, and I loved going to Oshman's and the movies.

I stopped going when Willowbrook Mall opened up and haven't been back since the late '80's.

Whenever I fly into town and take 45 into the city these days, I always look over at what used to be palace of north suburbia.

BTW, before Greenspoint went up in what was the far north, Aldine was a pretty nice suburban area full of young families. I lived there through Kindergarten . . . Hidden Valley Elementary!

Found my notes on the origins of Greenspoint Mall.

The mall opened on Thursday, August 5, 1976, although the Foley's actually opened a few days earlier. Here is the original lineup of stores for the mall's opening:

Alberto's Clocks

Albert's Hosiery

American Uniform

Artland

B. Dalton Bookseller

Baker's Shoes

Baldwin-Lively Pianos

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream

Battlesteins

Betty's Maternity

Casual Corner

Centre Court Restaurant

Chandler's Shoes

Chess King

City Appliance Center

Clover Patch

Corrigan's Jewelers

County Seat

Creperie

Disc Records

E/J's Model Shop

El Chico Mexican Restaurant

Ellison's

Famous Ramos

Fashion Conspiracy

Florsheim Shoes

Foley's (still open, though now branded as Macy's)

Fortune Cookie

Foxmoor

Funway Freeway Arcade

The Gap

General Nutrition (still open)

Gilbert Ortega's Indian Arts

The Go-Round

Gordon's Jewelers (still open)

Greenspoint 5 General Cinema

Greenspoint Pet Center

Hamburger Hamlet

Hanover Shoes

Haus Edelweis

Hickory Farms

Houston Trunk Factory

Isabell Gerhart

J. Harris

J. Riggins

Jean Nicole

Jeans West

Jerry Thompson's Restaurant and Saloon

Joan Bari

Jovee Betram Bath and Boudoir

Kid's Kasuals

Kinderphoto

Kinney Shoes

The Limited

Leopold, Price & Rolle

Levitt's Jewelers

Margo's La Mode

Merle Norman

Miss Bojangles

The Monocle

Morrow's Nuts

Mr. Calculator

Naturalizer Shoes

The Oak Tree

Organ Exchange

Oshman's

Palais Royal (still open)

Picadilly Cafeteria

Pickwick Music

Pipe Pub

Pizzeria

Playhouse Toys

Polar Bar

Radio Shack (still open)

Ramos Pretzel Shoppe

Regal Touch

Rodney's

Roots Natural Footwear

Sears (still open)

Sherry's Hallmark Shop

The Shoe Gallery

Showcase

Silvermans

Size 5-7-9 (still open)

So-Fro Fabrics

Sounds & Imports

Southern Fabrics

Steve's Sandwich Shop

Stuart's

Susie's Casuals

Sweeny's Jewelers

Taco Spot

Texas State Optical

Thom McAn

Tiffany's Bakery

Transcontinental Travel

U-Frame-It

Ventura's Formal Wear

Village Casuals

Waldenbooks

Western Junction

Wicks 'N' Sticks

The Wild Pair

World Bazaar

Worths

Zales Jewelers

Here are the first movies shown at the premiere of the Greenspoint 5 General Cinema

Blazing Saddles

Bugs Bunny Superstar

Lifeguard

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Ode to Billy Joe

JC Penny was added in 1977.

Montgomery Ward was added in 1978.

Joske's was added in 1980.

I do not know when Lord & Taylor opened, although Mervyn's took it over in 1988.

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You are so right. The restaurant had no windows, the red vinyl chairs with placemats built into the tables. Remember the chip baskets with the maple sugar candy at the bottom? I do remember the Sound Warehouse, too. Do you remember Victoria Station?

No memories of Victoria Station though it sounds familiar. And yep! I remember the chip baskets, too!

I'll check and see if we have any Greenspoint Mall photos sometime.

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I've never been to Greenspoint, just passed it by on 45 north. Is the mall and the surrounding area similar to Sharpstown? Do these two areas share a similar story?

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I've never been to Greenspoint, just passed it by on 45 north. Is the mall and the surrounding area similar to Sharpstown? Do these two areas share a similar story?

IMO, Greenspoint and Sharpstown were once both nice malls in nice areas, but declined. To me, I think the "feel" of Greenspoint is more similar to Northwest Mall than Sharpstown.

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IMO, Greenspoint and Sharpstown were once both nice malls in nice areas, but declined. To me, I think the "feel" of Greenspoint is more similar to Northwest Mall than Sharpstown.

I really do feel greater Greenspoint is a much nicer area than what the Sharpstown area has become. They have a very active civic association and several north Houston chambers of commerce which are actively developing partnerships and plans for the area. Also, considering the whole area is minutes from the airport (and its expansion), two major freeways (Beltway 8 and I-45), and it's 'close proximity to downtown' (literally it's about 17 minutes give or take), it has a good chance of becoming a hub again. However, until there is a mixed use development or high end condos to replace the multitude of low-income apartments that surround the areas to the east of the mall, we'll still be talking about this for months in the future.

Of course this has been discussed for years and change is slow, but I would give the nod to GPM.

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Absolutely stunning!

It's such a far cry from this shot, of the same place. Everything is a stark white, the upper level is closed...

When I saw castle's picture it brought back long forgotten memories. That same image is what I must have seen in 1977 or '78 when I first went out on my own to shop for Chirstmas presents for my mother and sister. At that time compared to the Foley's at Northwest Mall and the downtown store (the only others with which I was familiar) the Greenspoint Foleys seemed really classy.

When I saw IronTiger's photo (remember I haven't been in the GP store since probably 1980) an expletive popped into my brain which fortunately didn't pass my lips. Maybe is is just as well the Foley's name no longer exists.

Perhaps malls really are on their way out. I've avoided them for years and big department stores too. I get my dress shirts from a gentleman who has a shop in the Galleria area (but not too close to that mall) and my slacks and suit coats fit fine, with minor alteration, off the rack from Joseph Bank. Nice shoes: On-line (price always beats the local retail stores and I've yet to have a problem with fit or condition of the merchandise). Sports clothes and footwear: Academy.

Why not the malls? It's a lot convenience, a little the perceived security (lack thereof actually), but mostly it's just depressing to go into a place you once thought was so wonderful and see it look so neglected and dead.

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When I saw castle's picture it brought back long forgotten memories. That same image is what I must have seen in 1977 or '78 when I first went out on my own to shop for Chirstmas presents for my mother and sister. At that time compared to the Foley's at Northwest Mall and the downtown store (the only others with which I was familiar) the Greenspoint Foleys seemed really classy.

When I saw IronTiger's photo (remember I haven't been in the GP store since probably 1980) an expletive popped into my brain which fortunately didn't pass my lips. Maybe is is just as well the Foley's name no longer exists.

Perhaps malls really are on their way out. I've avoided them for years and big department stores too. I get my dress shirts from a gentleman who has a shop in the Galleria area (but not too close to that mall) and my slacks and suit coats fit fine, with minor alteration, off the rack from Joseph Bank. Nice shoes: On-line (price always beats the local retail stores and I've yet to have a problem with fit or condition of the merchandise). Sports clothes and footwear: Academy.

Why not the malls? It's a lot convenience, a little the perceived security (lack thereof actually), but mostly it's just depressing to go into a place you once thought was so wonderful and see it look so neglected and dead.

I agree. Foley's was a really classy store, especially when they were originally owned by Federated prior to the sell off in 1988 to May Company. They used to have the fur salons, personal shoppers, in-store restaurants (the Greenhouse at the branch stores that had awesome cheese soup), watch & jewelry repair, photo studios, beauty salons, travel department, carpets, lamps, in store cooking demonstrations with local celebrities like Ninfa Lorenzo of Ninfa's, toys, books, full Godiva candy department and bakery goods that came fresh from the downtown store daily and many other departments. May took Foley's a little downmarket but Macy's really takes the cake. The current incarnation of Macy's is nothing like the high end department store it was when it was RH Macy's. When you see their Chinese made Alfani instead of Armani it really exudes a lack of quality and class.

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To quote hydeaway: "When you see their Chinese made Alfani instead of Armani it really exudes a lack of quality and class."

"Exuding a lack of class" is a great phrase. I'm no snob (o.k. I'm a bit of a snob) and I'm definitely not wealthy but I prefer to pay for all the quality I can afford. There is no more "quality ladder" for retail merchandise, i.e. TG&Y, Wiener's, Penny's, Foley's, Neiman-Marcus. Now it is, to some extent, "pay your money and take your chances." <_<

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Frankly, I'm surprised that Greenspoint Mall has lasted this long. Oftentimes, once a major crime happens, the mall goes way downhill, often completes some great remodel but can't be saved, and the whole thing is razed. Look at Mall of Memphis (Dead Malls.com) or Pinellas Square Mall (later ParkSide Mall)...two malls that could not be saved...both had functional ice rinks at death.

What saved Greenspoint Mall is the fact that it fulfills the "urban mall" niche: it survives by luring nearby office workers into its food court. The situation at Greenspoint won't worsen unless more violent crimes happen.

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Frankly, I'm surprised that Greenspoint Mall has lasted this long. Oftentimes, once a major crime happens, the mall goes way downhill, often completes some great remodel but can't be saved, and the whole thing is razed. Look at Mall of Memphis (Dead Malls.com) or Pinellas Square Mall (later ParkSide Mall)...two malls that could not be saved...both had functional ice rinks at death.

What saved Greenspoint Mall is the fact that it fulfills the "urban mall" niche: it survives by luring nearby office workers into its food court. The situation at Greenspoint won't worsen unless more violent crimes happen.

I agree that the mall is surviving because of nearby office workers. Although Memorial City Mall was saved by the great remodel. I also think the reason why Greenspoint didn't make it was because of the surrounding neighborhoods. There aren't any. It's mostly apartments. The neighborhoods that are there are not so great. On the other hand Memorial is surrounded by Memorial and their villages and spring branch. Whatever happen to Greenspoint's remodeling plan? I guess it's not happening after all.

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Supposedly JCPenney was to be a convention center (it's labeled as such) but I don't think it's ever used or was really remodeled to suit that purpose.

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Supposedly JCPenney was to be a convention center (it's labeled as such) but I don't think it's ever used or was really remodeled to suit that purpose.

I miss Foley's, too. It was the last of the hometown department stores. When you think about how involved they all used to be in civic support, etc. Foley's, Sakowitz, Joske's, Craig's, Walter Pye's, Isabell Gerhart, the true Beall's and Palais Royal - when they were separate entities and unique. Remember the Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade? the Foley's Academy in the basement downtown for kids struggling in school?

Each region used to have their own stores, history and traditions. Look at Marshall Fields and what they meant to Chicago. Burdine's to Florida, Rich's to Atlanta, Bullock's, I Magnin and The Broadway to southern California.

It is a real shame. Southern California, for instance, used to have May Co., The Broadway, Macy's (the original RH Macy Co. - not the Kmart of today), I Magnin, Emporium, Capwell's, Bullock's, Bullock's Wilshire, Robinson's, Gottschalks and Harris'. Now all they have is ONE - Macy's. Talk about no competition. Where are all the bleeding hearts and their talk of anti trust problems? Virtually every market across the country is in the same position. It all started with the greed on Wall Street allowing Campeau ( a real estate tycoon from Canada) to purchase Allied Stores and then Federated Dept Stores -- all with junk bonds, none of his money --- which eventually caused the bankruptcy and consolidation of centuries old icons. Read "Going For Broke" and "The Rain on Macy's Parade". Both very good books on this debacle.

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It's probably by a long shot, but who was the architect of this mall? Maybe they have some early publicity photos/architect's renderings. Anyway, although I have no idea what the mall actually looked like, I kind of imagined it looking like this (except with different skylights and stuff)

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I found this pic of the General Cinemas Greenspoint 5 circa Christmas 1977. I think this theatre closed around 1996.

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This pic is awesome- thanks for posting!

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Just a short update, Sears has announced that they are closing their store at Greenspoint sometime in May. The announcement in the Chronicle also states that the former JCPenney space is being released as a 20 screen theater. This is the ultimate turning point, I could easily see Dillards or Macy's leaving if things don't turn around very soon.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6880268.html

Also, thanks to everyone who posted the vintage photos!

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Is the Dillard's still open? I know it's an outlet Dillard's, but anytime I have ever passed the mall (day or night), it looks closed.

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As someone that lives and works in the area I have mixed feelings. I work for the college which has a branch just across the freeway (Beltway 8) and we were/are hoping for a revival of the area. It has such potential, but so do a lot of things I guess.

I do think a theater might be a good option. I do kind of favor the open-air, town center concept and wonder with all those acres, would it be better to build something like that...?

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As someone that lives and works in the area I have mixed feelings. I work for the college which has a branch just across the freeway (Beltway 8) and we were/are hoping for a revival of the area. It has such potential, but so do a lot of things I guess.

I do think a theater might be a good option. I do kind of favor the open-air, town center concept and wonder with all those acres, would it be better to build something like that...?

Considering the people who live in and frequent the area, the chance for any real revival is slim to nill.

I find it hard to believe that the mall will be able to survive without Sears. And a theater? In this part of the city?

Won't work.

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Considering the people who live in and frequent the area, the chance for any real revival is slim to nill.

I find it hard to believe that the mall will be able to survive without Sears. And a theater? In this part of the city?

Won't work.

I work in the Greenspoint area as some of you know, and have been watching the demise of GP for quite a few years now. I too remember when Greenspoint mall was the measuring stick compared to all others. Someone made the reference to Greenspoint being more like NW Mall than Sharpstown. This was true when GP first opened in 76. The first two anchors in GP were Sears and Foley's, much like NW Mall was JC Penney's and Foley's. That didn't last very long at all as it was just a couple of years later that Joske's was added to GP then Montgomery Wards, Penney's, and Lord & Taylor's. GP far surpassed NW Mall in a very short amount of time. In my recollection, Greenspoint Mall died the day the City of Houston put the 56 Metro line to Greenspoint.

The person that posted the pics of the center court has a pretty good idea of what it looked like internally, of course what mall didn't have that decor in the 70's? There was a huge balcony above the food court that allowed you to gaze down on shoppers while they made their way down the corridor. I made a trip over to Sears last week to see what all the hub-bub was about. It is flat being wiped out. Without Sears, GP Mall is driving in the final nail in the coffin. Dillard's has some very strange hours. Some days it opens at 10am, others at noon, and some days it just doesn't open at all. Macy's has taken a once beautiful Foley's store and "Sand Dollared" it. I had the opportunity to go into the JC Penney's box (GP Event Center). Nothing has been done to the interior of the old store whatsoever. It is unused by anyone at this point, other than for storage purposes. It was only used for events on a couple of occasions. KBR is still using the old Montgomery Ward's store for processing contract workers heading to Afghanistan and Iraq. But for how much longer? We are already hearing word of that concluding sometime before year's end.

A movie theater? Really? While there are NO theaters in GP anymore, I am in agreement that this will probably not be the best ROI. Greens Crossing couldn't even make it as a $1 theater, and the GP 5 closed in the mid 90's due to violence.

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my mother worked at levitts jewelers when they first opened in 1976, we lived in the rushwood subdivision--i hated it...she then became the manager of kathy james jewelry around 1979 also at greens point. i recently went back and visited rushwood after about 30 years and while it looked better than i thought it would the pool area had kindov a post apocolyptic feel which was strange as i rememeber it being gleaming and new with lots of activity and it was abondoned with black water in the bottom of the pool.

any other memories of greenspoint/rushwood from the mid-late 70's is very cool

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Thanks for that list Firebird, and the memories.

I used to go to that mall back in the late 70's when I lived off Louetta near Kuykendahl. Greenspoint was THE mall for the northwest suburbs, and I loved going to Oshman's and the movies.

I stopped going when Willowbrook Mall opened up and haven't been back since the late '80's.

Whenever I fly into town and take 45 into the city these days, I always look over at what used to be palace of north suburbia.

BTW, before Greenspoint went up in what was the far north, Aldine was a pretty nice suburban area full of young families. I lived there through Kindergarten . . . Hidden Valley Elementary!

thats cool firebird, how did you get all of the original info about the mall?

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thats cool firebird, how did you get all of the original info about the mall?

Wow... hate to be SIX MONTHS late in replying, LOL!, but I just now saw your post. Hope it's not too late!

I got my info from the two local papers. I went back to the July and August 1976 Houston Post and Chronicle editions on the UH Library microfilms. They had special editions on the opening of the mall, complete with a map and roster of all the stores on opening day. I printed them out and posted the results here. Unfortunately, I no longer have the printouts, but they are very easily recovered. I just have to go back to the UH library.

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Last week, I had an opportunity --my first-- to drive past the mall. The Sears was empty, the theater had a really tacky facade, and the old Foley's almost had a shade of green. Was it originally colored green, or was that just the result of fading and weathering?

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Last week, I had an opportunity --my first-- to drive past the mall. The Sears was empty, the theater had a really tacky facade, and the old Foley's almost had a shade of green. Was it originally colored green, or was that just the result of fading and weathering?

The Sears isn't just empty, it's closed. Macy's and Dillard's are the only anchors left. That Macy's keeps getting greener and greener. I don't believe it was originally that color but more tannish in appearance. Knowing that mall, it's probably some kind of mold or fungus.

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When I was in high school in 1981-1985, our drafting class was shown blueprints for an upscale mall that was to be built in the Greens Crossing portion of Greenspoint just across the freeway. It was to include a Bloomingdales and an ice skating rink. The Paragon building(s) -- one of three that was actually built -- was supposed to be connected via a skywalk. When the energy bust came, the plans were scrapped and they build the now defunct "power center" that had included Phar Mor, Children's Palace Toys, Circuit City, etc on the site. Did anyone else see those blueprints or know about this? What was the name of the planned mall? Any other prospective tenants you were aware of? It shows how upscale Greenspoint was at its zenith. Remember Lord & Taylor, Walter Pyes, Benetton, Jarrod's Polo Shop, Isabell Gerhart and other high end stores Greenspoint Mall had in its quiver?

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Does anyone have any pictures of Greenspoint in its heyday?

I have in my possession Aldine's yearbooks from 1976 to 1996. In them (especially some of the early ones) there are shots in the ads section of some of the stores in the mall. Nothing spectacular, mind you. No pics of the Sears or Foley's. But I believe there may be a few worth posting.

Obviously the BEST source for information would be the mall itself, but I've got $5 no one there knows a doggone thing about any history of the mall and what little history there is is so poorly organized it's almost not worth going through.

Second best place would be the two special newspaper advertising sections the Houston newspapers put out when the mall opened in 1976. I've been told by the Chronicle that they do not own the copyright on the advertising. That resides with the advertiser. And according to copyright law, copyrighted material published or created before 1978 had a copyright good for 28 years (which would be up to August 2004, in this case), when it could be renewed. But c'mon... you really think Dillard's or Macy's is going to bother renewing copyrights on obscure ads from Joske's or Foley's? So I would feel absolutely confident we could post the ads and photos here without legal problem.

However, when you make a printout from the UH microfilm, you lose the clarity of the photo. The ads would come out fine. Those could then be scanned. But the only way to get a photo off the microfilm is to take a picture of the reader's screen. That never seems to work out well.

I'm busy working on a history of Aldine High School (if anyone has anything to contribute to that, please see the corresponding thread in "Other Houston Neighborhoods) and may not be able to make it to UH any time soon. If I do, and if I remember, I'll print out one or the other (they're pretty much identical sections).

I will scan and post the Greenspoint related photos and ads from the Aldine High yearbook. Those are not copyrighted (I've checked).

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I have in my possession Aldine's yearbooks from 1976 to 1996. In them (especially some of the early ones) there are shots in the ads section of some of the stores in the mall. Nothing spectacular, mind you. No pics of the Sears or Foley's. But I believe there may be a few worth posting.

Obviously the BEST source for information would be the mall itself, but I've got $5 no one there knows a doggone thing about any history of the mall and what little history there is is so poorly organized it's almost not worth going through.

Second best place would be the two special newspaper advertising sections the Houston newspapers put out when the mall opened in 1976. I've been told by the Chronicle that they do not own the copyright on the advertising. That resides with the advertiser. And according to copyright law, copyrighted material published or created before 1978 had a copyright good for 28 years (which would be up to August 2004, in this case), when it could be renewed. But c'mon... you really think Dillard's or Macy's is going to bother renewing copyrights on obscure ads from Joske's or Foley's? So I would feel absolutely confident we could post the ads and photos here without legal problem.

However, when you make a printout from the UH microfilm, you lose the clarity of the photo. The ads would come out fine. Those could then be scanned. But the only way to get a photo off the microfilm is to take a picture of the reader's screen. That never seems to work out well.

I'm busy working on a history of Aldine High School (if anyone has anything to contribute to that, please see the corresponding thread in "Other Houston Neighborhoods) and may not be able to make it to UH any time soon. If I do, and if I remember, I'll print out one or the other (they're pretty much identical sections).

I will scan and post the Greenspoint related photos and ads from the Aldine High yearbook. Those are not copyrighted (I've checked).

Firebird, did you have a time frame when you were intending on scanning the photos? Thanks!

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Firebird, did you have a time frame when you were intending on scanning the photos? Thanks!

The pictures weren't as good as I had hoped. Oh well. I may be going to the Astros game next Sunday. If so, I'll swing by the UH Library and make copies of the two Greenspoint advertising sections from August 1976.

I think my understanding of copyright law was a little out of date in my last post. Seems as if they added an extra 50 or so years to existing copyrights before 1978, so copyrights on those remain in effect until the 2040s. I kinda doubt I'm going to be posting here then... although you never know.

Still I don't see any restrictions about posting that kind of material here, and it is for historical research, which falls under fair use. So if I get it, I'll post it and if the mods don't like it, they can always remove it. But I seriously doubt anyone is going to have a problem with me posting 35 year old advertisements, many of which are for business that are now defunct. And if Sears doesn't want the free advertising, it's small wonder they're closing shop.

BTW... have you visited the History of Aldine Schools thread? I've been posting a few things there that might be of interest to you.

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Recently my mother mentioned taking me to the Greenspoint Mall grand opening when I was just 6 months old, and that got me reminiscing about the mall, which was our family mall until we moved west a little and Willowbrook became the nearest mall for us in 1986. Some of my sharpest memories:

The waterfalls, especially the big waterfall area, with bridges that ran under the waterfall, with all sorts of little passages to walk through. My brothers and I used to love to run through this area. Always gave the mall a faintly "indoor swimming pool" smell. I guess some time in the late 80s or the 90s, with the decline of the mall's clientele, it became apparent that this was a security problem, a place for unsavory types to linger unseen, and was torn down.

Foley's kids' shoe section, which had this "Star Wars/Battlestar Gallactica" play area, with periscope-like things you could look into showing space battle scenes, and "video screens" showing space scenes. I think there were buttons you could push while looking into the periscope-like things that would "fire" laser cannons. Looked very much like a set from inside a spaceship from the original Star Wars movie.

Foley's upstairs, with its furniture section that was like a maze of rooms set up.

A tobacco store, maybe called the Pipe Pub or the Tinder Box. Always smelled really good.

A pet store, where my older brother and I got our first aquarium, a little 5-gallon glass one, with the pirate shipwreck, etc. Also had hamsters, gerbils, etc.

Dalton's, which was a Bennigan's/TGIFriday's type of place, except instead of being on a pad site, it was actually inside the mall.

Then across Greens Road from the mall was "Scooby Doo's Pipe Organ Pizza."

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Greenspoint Mall opened in 1976. It was the place to go on the weekends replacing Northline Mall and ultimately causing that mall to slowly wither and die.

I remember Hickory Farms having a store there as well as a little of just about everything. Of course, times and the area changed rather quickly. I went to the mall a few months back...it is IMHO on its last legs and reminds me of Gulfgate in its final years. It is a matter of time before it joins Northline Mall as a memory. Like Sharpstown Mall, Greenspoint has its nickname of "Gunspoint" for a reason. That reason, no matter how much someone may come in and try to spruce it up, will remain. In the not too distant future, I expect it to be gone and replaced by apartments, office buildings, and a strip center like Northline and Town and Country became.

Again, IMHO and with few exceptions (The Galleria, Woodlands, etc) the era of the big mall is dead in Houston and I highly doubt it will make a successful comeback...especially with all of the Super Wal-Marts and Targets going up every ten miles or so down 45.

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Oh yeah, I remember that Hickory Farms store. I also remember seeing movies in the theatre in the mall, most memorably The Empire Strikes Back, but also probably ET and Return of the Jedi. Of course, my favorite movie of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark, I saw at the I-45 drive-in (the only movie I ever saw at a drive-in).

I agree, I don't think any more big closed air conditioned malls will be built in Houston. I think places like City Centre out here where Town and Country used to be, and La Cantera over in San Antonio, are the way things will be from now on.

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There was a rather sizable topic about this in another part of HAIF. I suggest it be merged.

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There was a rather sizable topic about this in another part of HAIF. I suggest it be merged.

If there is one specifically on Greenspoint memories, it must have been buried deep, as I did a search before posting. A guy can only be expected to spend so much time sifting through old threads before deciding to start his own.

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If there is one specifically on Greenspoint memories, it must have been buried deep, as I did a search before posting. A guy can only be expected to spend so much time sifting through old threads before deciding to start his own.

Yes, there is one like that. I've posted in it, including putting up a listing of all the original stores when the mall opened in August 1976. The problem is that it is in the "Other Houston Neighborhoods" section. It's not in this Historic Houston section, where it probably needs to be. It's entitled "Greenspoint Mall: Any memories to share?"

This should take you there:

There's a couple of threads there that actually belong in Historic Houston.

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Oh yeah, I remember that Hickory Farms store. I also remember seeing movies in the theatre in the mall, most memorably The Empire Strikes Back, but also probably ET and Return of the Jedi. Of course, my favorite movie of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark, I saw at the I-45 drive-in (the only movie I ever saw at a drive-in).

I agree, I don't think any more big closed air conditioned malls will be built in Houston. I think places like City Centre out here where Town and Country used to be, and La Cantera over in San Antonio, are the way things will be from now on.

The economy, Wal-Mart, and online shopping have killed malls around the country. I live near West Oaks and it's pretty much dead except for Macy's and Alamo Drafthouse.

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the area around west oaks mall killed west oaks mall... I used to live across the street from that mall at different times, when the mall was new (and thriving), and about 3 years ago, when the mall started dying.

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Was there a study before they built those apartments by the malls that died? It was no coincidence that malls with newly built apartment complexes ended up dying due to the fall of the apartments.

Northline, Gulfgate, Greenspoint, Sharpstown, West Oaks...

I remember the Srat Wars themse at Foleys....that was the only reason I wanted to go there before we went inside the actual mall.

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For a brief time in the 70's I worked for Palais Royal. They had a grand opening at Greenspoint that I attended with my wife. I remember it because they had champagne. A lot of it. So much that I had to practically carry my wife out to the car. Good times.

I do miss West Oaks. Spent a lot of time there with our kids in the 80's riding the cool carousel they had. I wonder what happened to that carousel?

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Yes, there is one like that. I've posted in it, including putting up a listing of all the original stores when the mall opened in August 1976. The problem is that it is in the "Other Houston Neighborhoods" section. It's not in this Historic Houston section, where it probably needs to be. It's entitled "Greenspoint Mall: Any memories to share?"

This should take you there:

http://www.houstonar...eenspoint-mall/

There's a couple of threads there that actually belong in Historic Houston.

Yep, pretty much the same topic.

Can these be merged, please?

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Was there a study before they built those apartments by the malls that died? It was no coincidence that malls with newly built apartment complexes ended up dying due to the fall of the apartments.

Northline, Gulfgate, Greenspoint, Sharpstown, West Oaks...

I remember the Srat Wars themse at Foleys....that was the only reason I wanted to go there before we went inside the actual mall.

I'm sure they think that "oh, this won't be another Greenspoint....these will be *upscale* apartment homes", but then they have to lower rents to get their occupancy up. And a lot of the new-ish homes around there were foreclosed on when the housing market crashed a few years ago.

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I'm sure they think that "oh, this won't be another Greenspoint....these will be *upscale* apartment homes", but then they have to lower rents to get their occupancy up. And a lot of the new-ish homes around there were foreclosed on when the housing market crashed a few years ago.

That was the exact thinking when I lived across from West Oaks... the complex was VERY nice, but, they had to lower their rents to fill up the units to remain profitable, and that just made the place go downhill even faster. Multiply that by every apartment complex in the area, and you have West Oaks, 2011 version.

i miss the 1984 version of West Oaks... I taught my best friend how to drive a standard in that parking lot, then taught my ex wife how to drive a stick there six years later

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