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And I like that the Galleria in Houston doesn't look all the same. Same is boring. I think they should accentuate the differences and make Galleria I as disco swank as possible. They should dig up some photos of Kenneth Schnitzer's Summit Suite for inspiration.

I'm not sure about disco swank, but I do kind of like it when structures have sections in multiple styles. IAH is a great example, where each terminal has a distinctive look.

Macy's. I don't know anyone who shops its Galleria location. Its old and worn and smells of suburbia.

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Turn the Macy's in Galleria III into a Bloomingdales. Also, why doesn't the entire Galleria complex get renovated to all look the same and be cohesive? Instead you have old and new parts of the mall. That is one thing I like about Northpark in Dallas. The entire mall looks the same.

Northpark has a kind of timeless class, cleanness, and best of all, it's got lines like nowhere else that I know of. Still, it doesn't even come close to rivaling the Houston Galleria for sheer size and grandeur.

The only unfortunate thing about either is that they don't have any stores that I could bring myself to open my wallet for. I'm just not yuppie enough.

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Ed Hardy just opened, Adidas will open later this year.

Ermenegildo Zegna opens in early 2009. (Finally) also in 2009 Valentino, Guess Footwear, Gilly Hicks (that huge barricade with a dog next to Wet Seal), Hilfiger Denim, Frette, and Cinnabon (will put you in a diabetic comma) will open.

Also Adrenalina, Avalon, Fredricks of Hollywood, Sneaker Lab, and Republic of Couture will open.

Lilly Pulitzer and Ruehl are long over due.

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Looks like all the stores. Rainforest Cafe may open soon, and Club Lilly Lu is closed, but no one really cared for CLL at all*

*except for 8-year-old girls. IronTiger apologizes for offending you if you were said 8-year-old girl.

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Or at least a D&G? I was shocked at the prices in Spain, I know it'd be cheaper here.

I'm still surprised that we don't have H&M here yet.

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I'm still surprised that we don't have H&M here yet.

Maybe it could go in the old Sharper Image, and provide a draw for Galleria III. Maybe.

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Maybe it could go in the old Sharper Image, and provide a draw for Galleria III. Maybe.

I'll put that on the corner of fat chance and no ******* way. Galleria III still needs some serious renovation to make it more "connected" to the rest of the mall. I think I've been in Galleria III only once before, and it was by accident. I imagine their lease rates are a lot lower then the rest of the Galleria. But as usual, I could be wrong. Maybe H&M could be a big enough draw?

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Thank God...the location they moved to in some former kid's clothing store was a depressing excuse for a Disney store...glad they're making this change

I was looking to buy something for my niece so I figured that the Disney store in the Galleria would have it. When I got there I looked around, but couldn't find anything good so I asked "You don't have much, is there a bigger store here?", the people who worked there seemed a little embarrassed, kind of like they had heard it before. "yeah we know"

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Ive always said that the only thing that could save Galleria III is Bloomingdales. Maybe if huge stores for Forever 21, H&M, Uniqlo, Topshop, Mango or Zara would each take space there it would attract more people to walk thru Saks Fifth Avenue. Throw in a restaurant or two and it will be even more inviting. Other malls have the same problem with low foot traffic in hidden/anex sections, the only difference is that theyre not owned by Simon... Who, lets face it should invest more time and money on this billion dollar mall.

The whole section needs to be remodeled to match the rest of the mall. New escalators, an elevator, maybe even a water fountain .. why not?

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I've always thought they should build a new Saks (perhaps 4 story to get the same sq. footage) in the parking lot in front of the current, and then redevelop the "common areas" to have a continuous link to the old Macy's...this way they could charge the same rent (if not more) in the galleria III section as the rest of the mall. I don't think they will ever be able to do that if you require people to walk through the existing Saks to get to that section...it needs to visually connect to the rest of the mall.

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I've always thought they should build a new Saks (perhaps 4 story to get the same sq. footage) in the parking lot in front of the current, and then redevelop the "common areas" to have a continuous link to the old Macy's...this way they could charge the same rent (if not more) in the galleria III section as the rest of the mall. I don't think they will ever be able to do that if you require people to walk through the existing Saks to get to that section...it needs to visually connect to the rest of the mall.

I agree, I would be all for bringing the store fronts to the side walks. A new Saks 5th right alongside the street is perfect, and that area only Westheimer has some amazing trees to compliment some nice sidewalks. The old Border entrance was a waste, since it was only used as an emergency exit.

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Or Saks relocating to the old(er) Macy's, and converting Saks into part of the mall, maybe even a Barneys. It will never happen though. My hopes were crushed when Saks began remodeling about 2/3 years ago. Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston is one of the most profitable, I beleive its a flagship and second largest store(sq ft) in the chain. Also I believe the building itself was designed by some super architect. Saks isnt going anywhere.

Louis Vuitton had/has plans to open a bigger store with a second entrance facing Westheimer Rd. Does anyone know anything about it?

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Or Saks relocating to the old(er) Macy's, and converting Saks into part of the mall, maybe even a Barneys. It will never happen though. My hopes were crushed when Saks began remodeling about 2/3 years ago. Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston is one of the most profitable, I beleive its a flagship and second largest store(sq ft) in the chain. Also I believe the building itself was designed by some super architect. Saks isnt going anywhere.

Louis Vuitton had/has plans to open a bigger store with a second entrance facing Westheimer Rd. Does anyone know anything about it?

saks at the galleria is in the former marshall field's location, designed by philip johnson.

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Or Saks relocating to the old(er) Macy's, and converting Saks into part of the mall, maybe even a Barneys. It will never happen though. My hopes were crushed when Saks began remodeling about 2/3 years ago. Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston is one of the most profitable, I beleive its a flagship and second largest store(sq ft) in the chain. Also I believe the building itself was designed by some super architect. Saks isnt going anywhere.

Louis Vuitton had/has plans to open a bigger store with a second entrance facing Westheimer Rd. Does anyone know anything about it?

What are you talking about?? This is Houston...we're known for tearing down landmarks! I was thinking moving the Saks to the old Macy's would be a good idea...but I don't think they'd be willing to move to a less visible area and then deal with construction of the existing mall space for 1-2 years. I figured they'd at least settle if they had prime visibility from Westheimer.

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That whole back corridor is sketchy.. but Im sure Simon figured that hardly anyone knows or even uses it, so why even invest in it. If Kim Kardashian were a section of the Galleria, she would be Galleria III.. Its worn, dirty, and needs to go.. lol.

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I imagine a renovation of this space would cut down on the sketchy folks like myself directly cutting through Saks to get to Galleria III.

As it is today Saks represents the end of axis anchor thereby choking off pedestrian traffic to Galleria III. Utilizing a perceived "sketchy" part of the mall, it would take some parking away but give the remodeled "old" Macy's a direct processional mall connection (which is the only thing I think will keep this appendage from going gangrene). It would open up a huge expanse of display window front for Saks in addition. Although this idea would require the dismantling of a portion of 1/2 of the existing garage, it would add boutique retail tenant space facing Saks with the clerestory height potential to be quite a dramatic architectural compression and release of day lighting. It would give the existing Galleria III the food court/resturant circulatory pivot that it needs to remain viable while giving Saks greater pedestrian exposure around it's store as well as keeping the existing route through the store.

Creating a strong western anchor to the mall would strengthen the future possibility of an extension of axis across Sage Rd.

I'm against taking the space of the current parking lots and parking garage ramps in front of the Galleria along Westheimer Rd. for the same reason that I was against folks wanting to pull the Blvd Place bldg footprints all the way to the sidewalk even with implementation of future light rail.

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Or Saks relocating to the old(er) Macy's, and converting Saks into part of the mall, maybe even a Barneys. It will never happen though. My hopes were crushed when Saks began remodeling about 2/3 years ago. Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston is one of the most profitable, I beleive its a flagship and second largest store(sq ft) in the chain. Also I believe the building itself was designed by some super architect. Saks isnt going anywhere.

Louis Vuitton had/has plans to open a bigger store with a second entrance facing Westheimer Rd. Does anyone know anything about it?

Burberry is doing this also. The current Burberry store closed last week and has moved to a temporary location down by Saks during the expansion. I am not sure when LV will do the same.

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I hope the Vuitton expansion on to Westheimer does happen. I used to work at The Galleria, our store shared a back corridor with Louis Vuitton and other stores. Right behind Vuitton and Burberry was a huge empty space, Im sure thats the space being expanded on to. Likewise, directly above it behind Puma, Arden.B., and Abercrombie was another empty space. I remember peeking thru a door that read "PLANET HOLLYWOOD" and seeing a huge empty room. Im assuming at one point The Galleria had a "Planet Hollywood"?

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I hope the Vuitton expansion on to Westheimer does happen. I used to work at The Galleria, our store shared a back corridor with Louis Vuitton and other stores. Right behind Vuitton and Burberry was a huge empty space, Im sure thats the space being expanded on to. Likewise, directly above it behind Puma, Arden.B., and Abercrombie was another empty space. I remember peeking thru a door that read "PLANET HOLLYWOOD" and seeing a huge empty room. Im assuming at one point The Galleria had a "Planet Hollywood"?

This from Culturemap back in November:

The Louis Vuitton store in The Gallera plans to nearly double its space, adding an entrance onto Westheimer, several VIP salons and new shopping space on a second floor.

Next door, the Burberry boutique will also expand to showcase more of the distinctive high-end clothing from Christopher Bailey's well-received runway collections.

Both stores will relocate to temporary space inside the mall next spring while the renovations take place. The newly remodeled stores are scheduled to opening in mid-fall 2012.

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I suspect the Dior space will be used by Louis Vuitton, while the expansion since both Vuitton and Dior are owned by LVMH. Maybe Dior will come back with a rebuild store afterwards.. fingers crossed!!

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I suspect the Dior space will be used by Louis Vuitton, while the expansion since both Vuitton and Dior are owned by LVMH. Maybe Dior will come back with a rebuild store afterwards.. fingers crossed!!

Just walked by and you are correct. LV will use the old Dior space while the LV store is closed for expansion. The sign says the temp LV location in the old Dior will open Spring 2012 so hopefully soon.

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Yes I beleive I was right, also I notice across the second entrance from Prada another barricade with Louis Vuitton "opening Spring 2012". I'm assuming Louis Vuitton is leasing more temporary space. Maybe one location will hold Men's and another Women's.

The old Borders has a barricade up already but no sign of what is opening there. I hope H&M takes that space.

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Temporary LV is open and looks great. Work has already started on the expansion of the original store.

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Forever XXI is taking the former Borders space, I saw the marketing beeing put up infront of the barricade. Its not H&M but alot better than what I expected, Simon has the tendency to lease space to anyone.

I expected Burberry to have an entrance facing Westheimer Rd, but it seems like it will not. I hope Louis Vuitton keeps its original plan to have a second entrance.

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Big changes are coming to the Galleria.

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Galleria-project-aims-to-up-glam-factor-4788137.php

 

From the Chron article:
 

An ambitious plan to bring more high-end retail to the Houston Galleria will start with moving Saks Fifth Avenue into fancier digs and getting rid of one of the mall's two Macy's department stores.

When demolition and reconstruction of what is now the Galleria III is complete, scheduled for fall 2015, an expanded Saks flagship will open in the space now occupied by the Macy's facing Sage and other shops.

 

Mall developer Simon Property Group plans to renovate the existing Saks space nearby to accommodate about 35 new stores and maybe some restaurants.

 

 

Simon said it might even add a 300-unit high-rise that would provide well-heeled residents direct access to Galleria shops. The renovations are driven by retailer demand, "especially among luxury tenants," said David Contis, president of Simon Malls.

 

 

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Demolition of old Macy's and Galleria III, newly rebuilt Saks 5th Ave moving to an expanded 2-level store in Macy's/Galleria III space. Total renovation of existing Sak's space into 35 smaller shops and restaurants. Completion scheduled for Fall 2015.

 

(Possible 300-unit highrise at West Alabama and Sage!)

 

Galleria project aims to up glam factor

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Simon Property Group

Rendering of the space currently occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue that will house about 35 new stores and maybe restaurants

When demolition and reconstruction of what is now the Galleria III is complete, scheduled for fall 2015, an expanded Saks flagship will open in the space now occupied by the Macy's facing Sage and other shops.

 

 

Contis said a 300-unit residential high-rise - with an outdoor pool and an indoor connection to the Galleria - is envisioned for the corner of West Alabama and Sage.

He said Simon is still in the planning process, studying infrastructure and construction issues, "but we think it can get done."

 

 

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Shame to loose the Johnson, Sak's Facade. But...the demolition/Reconstruction of Galleria II and Opening up the Sak's space to extend the Mall corridor make sense.

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Shame to loose the Johnson, Sak's Facade. But...the demolition/Reconstruction of Galleria II and Opening up the Sak's space to extend the Mall corridor make sense.

 

The good news is, according to the rendering, we are not completely losing the facade. 

 

Exciting news from the Galleria.  Only a little disappointed they didn't snag a Bloomingdale's for the project.

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Galleria III has been suffering for years. It was never properly connected, and it was awfully empty even in 2008 back when Sharper Image and FOX Sports Grill were still around. Still, I'm a little sad to see it go. 

 

Frankly, I'm surprised that Macy's at Sage was able to survive for this long.

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I used to always park there with my Dad as a kid when we would go Christmas shopping.

 

Over the years, it slowly came our own parking lot haha.

 

About 2 weeks ago I went to the Galleria and just because I was closest to that entrance, I decided to park in the bottom floor.  It is actually to the point that is it gross.  The escalators are not only not on, they have crap all over them...needless to say this is WAY past due.

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Any chance they make the facade and entrance more pedestrian friendly?

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Since it's been years, when my wife and I were first dating we would go up to the roof of Galleria III to make out and people-watch through the barrel vaulted glass.

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It had to be done it was always awkward to have to walk thru Saks to get the the Galleria III. I cant wait to see how it turns out, with the residential high rise and all. 

 

Now the only thing I wish they would do is develop the parking lots at the SW corner of Post Oak & Westheimer. Also it would be great if they redeveloped the Dillards and its parking lot.

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Isn't that the same as the existing?

 

No, it looks very similar but from the chronicle its states

 

 

Galleria III, a wing that includes the Macy's store facing Sage, will be torn down to make way for a Saks Fifth Avenue flagship.

The current Saks space will be renovated to hold about 35 new stores and maybe restaurants.

Macy's will consolidate into its department store that faces West Alabama and Hidalgo.

A building for a few high-end tenants will be built in the surface parking lot along Westheimer.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Galleria-project-aims-to-up-glam-factor-4788137.php

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I mean the same as what the rest of the galleria looks like.

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