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^^^ jesus christ!  all of this talk concerning ROD and the such, is making me want to quickly head over to AMORINO GELATO.  i simply cannot venture forth to ROD without stopping in and indulging myself completely.  additionally, @DevelopmentX much obliged, per all of the invaluable insight concerning our top retail establishments.  it would be utterly MAGNIFICENT if RH could bring their totally cool and trendy "GUESTHOUSE" concept to H-TOWN.  PLEASE POST MORE!

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I don't think the walk from east to west under 610 is difficult at all. I walk to Target, ROD, Central Market and Highland Village from my base in Four Leaf Towers. It would be nice if the space under the freeway was occupied by flower stalls , but this isn't Paris or Amsterdam or Mexico City and people in their cars in Houston are in inert bubbles and rarely acknowledge that there is a world outside the interior of their SUVs. 

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On 2/28/2020 at 1:53 PM, DevelopmentX said:

The truth is not quite as dramatic as some here have expressed. The Galleria is still the retail behemoth for the area of the State. However, security issues and the nature of a shopper population that might just walk the mall to escape bad weather or to celebrate a Quincenara is not the target market for most of the exclusive brands. Simon, which owns the Galleria still has deep pocket books and has actually "poached" Tom Ford and Akris from not only ROD but also their sister property in Atlanta - Buckhead Atlanta- by opening the check book and building new stores and offering free or discounted rent. I have spoken to sales staff and management at both stores as well as several other luxury stores that opened in the Galleria over the last two years- no one wantsa to be in the Galleria. Unless you're luxury business is based upon perfume, sunglasses and handbags- the majority of the clientele (including international visitors) are not focused don high-end clothing.

 

Reality suggests otherwise.  No one is being forced to be in the Galleria, and yet, there remains the largest concentration of luxury retail in Texas.

 

On 2/28/2020 at 1:53 PM, DevelopmentX said:

The challenge from what I've heard about luxury brands weighing whether to open at ROD or The Galleria has to do with "conversion" rates. What % of consumers who visit a shop at ROD convert into an actual sale vs. stores at the Galleria. The Galleria still wins this battle- primarily because it is the established game in town. Business travelers form overseas know that they can pick up a luxury watch at the Galleria easily. One stop shopping. The brands at ROD have worked hard to establish their own clientele. Obviously, HERMES is an excellent example of a brand that does not rely upon foot traffic. True destination retail. That is what ROD does best. Security is also much more controlled at ROD. I think the success or failure of brands at both ROD or The Galleria depends upon the strength of the brand.

 

Contrary to Trae's theory that the luxury retail customer doesn't go to the Galleria. They clearly do.  Thank you.

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On 2/28/2020 at 1:53 PM, DevelopmentX said:

If I were Simon- I would purchase ROD and co-market the two properties and own the market long term. It happened in Atlanta- remember Phipps Plaza which was the luxury competitor to Lenox Mall. Simon took them over and formatted accordingly- driving traffic between properties. Long term it makes the best sense. Or JP Morgan strikes a deal for Simon to manage property at some point. I know of at least 6 luxury stores that would exist the Galleria ASAP and move to ROD is they could and if they could increase conversion rate of foot traffic.

 

 

Again, no one is forcing them to stay in The Galleria, and..  they want to leave the Galleria and move to ROD . . .  "if they could increase conversion rate of foot traffic"??  Are you saying they would like to move from the Galleria to ROD but don't because they won't do as good of business in ROD?  If that is the case, in what sense do they "want" to relocate?

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Again, no one is forcing them to stay in The Galleria, and..  they want to leave the Galleria and move to ROD . . .  "if they could increase conversion rate of foot traffic"??  Are you saying they would like to move from the Galleria to ROD but don't because they won't do as good of business in ROD?  If that is the case, in what sense do they "want" to relocate?

Hi 😀, I used to work at a luxury store in the Galleria. While the galleria does have a lot of foot traffic and obviously good for business, a lot of stores have trackers that count the amount of people in the store and corporate uses these numbers to see if their product is selling relative to the amount of people in the store. It was always BAD in terms of some of the other stores in the nation (yes those stores were in big cities too) with hundreds of people coming into the store just to take pictures and mess up merchandise. Also, from personal contact with the store managers of Carolina Herrera, Fendi, and Valentino, I can tell you that they considered moving to the ROD. The idea that some of these stores have is "most of their clientele specifically come to shop at their store, why not personalize the experience by taking the mall aspect out of the equation." A lot of clientele avoided coming to our store because of parking issue, how busy it is, and the safety of walking back to your car with your stuff. A trip can easily take half an hour just to get into the store vs literally minutes at ROD. These specific reasons are the reason why the store I used to work at and stores like Versace, Prada, etc used to do "showcasing" where we'd take all our new products and go to some of the clients homes. This and many more reasons is why some stores looked to ROD. I know Tom Ford moved to the galleria from ROD, but that could be because it doesn't have frequent clienteles to buy suits. 

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3 hours ago, Amlaham said:

Hi 😀, I used to work at a luxury store in the Galleria. While the galleria does have a lot of foot traffic and obviously good for business, a lot of stores have trackers that count the amount of people in the store and corporate uses these numbers to see if their product is selling relative to the amount of people in the store. It was always BAD in terms of some of the other stores in the nation (yes those stores were in big cities too) with hundreds of people coming into the store just to take pictures and mess up merchandise. Also, from personal contact with the store managers of Carolina Herrera, Fendi, and Valentino, I can tell you that they considered moving to the ROD. The idea that some of these stores have is "most of their clientele specifically come to shop at their store, why not personalize the experience by taking the mall aspect out of the equation." A lot of clientele avoided coming to our store because of parking issue, how busy it is, and the safety of walking back to your car with your stuff. A trip can easily take half an hour just to get into the store vs literally minutes at ROD. These specific reasons are the reason why the store I used to work at and stores like Versace, Prada, etc used to do "showcasing" where we'd take all our new products and go to some of the clients homes. This and many more reasons is why some stores looked to ROD. I know Tom Ford moved to the galleria from ROD, but that could be because it doesn't have frequent clienteles to buy suits. 


Yes, of course a bunch “looked” at moving but from the Galleria to ROD.  But at the end of the day, how many made the move? Did anyone?

 

 As for showcasing, that is not unique to Galleria stores.  That is done by high end stores all over the country (and no doubt the world) for their best customers, and I’m quite certain at least some of the stores at ROD do it too.

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On 2/28/2020 at 3:17 PM, jgriff said:

I enjoy going to ROD. My attitude towards a trip to the Galleria is “Oh crap, I have to go to The Galleria.”

 

It has been expressed, by the Uptown management group, to a client of mine in the galleria area that the BRT is supposed to alleviate that "Oh crap" feeling almost completely during the normal course of the year, and quite a bit during Christmas. My initial thought tho is that all these entities, Uptown Park, Galleria, the Whole Foods Development, the Dicks strip, etc, are possessive enough about their parking that I don't know how happy they will be that people will park at their place, initially go into their store, do some shopping, put stuff in the car, and then get on the bus to go to another development. If the BRT can somehow elevate the general experience of going to the galleria, primarily by helping congestion or parking, it would be a big boon. And those businesses, including the Galleria, that sat through the construction deserve it. 

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40 minutes ago, X.R. said:

 My initial thought tho is that all these entities, Uptown Park, Galleria, the Whole Foods Development, the Dicks strip, etc, are possessive enough about their parking that I don't know how happy they will be that people will park at their place, initially go into their store, do some shopping, put stuff in the car, and then get on the bus to go to another development.

 

The idea is that people will park at either of the transit centers bookending the BRT line. 

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On 3/11/2020 at 9:39 AM, X.R. said:

 

It has been expressed, by the Uptown management group, to a client of mine in the galleria area that the BRT is supposed to alleviate that "Oh crap" feeling almost completely during the normal course of the year, and quite a bit during Christmas. My initial thought tho is that all these entities, Uptown Park, Galleria, the Whole Foods Development, the Dicks strip, etc, are possessive enough about their parking that I don't know how happy they will be that people will park at their place, initially go into their store, do some shopping, put stuff in the car, and then get on the bus to go to another development. If the BRT can somehow elevate the general experience of going to the galleria, primarily by helping congestion or parking, it would be a big boon. And those businesses, including the Galleria, that sat through the construction deserve it. 


The traffic issues aren’t why I dread going to the Galleria. The whole place has a flea market vibe these days. 

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Just now, jgriff said:


The traffic issues aren’t why I dread going to the Galleria. The whole place has a flea market vibe these days. 

The bottom floor from Nordstrom to Banana Republic is a gypsy market. "Have you heard of the Dead Sea in Israel"? "you must try this product"! "Excuse me, SIR, yes, you, come this way I'll show you my sale".

 

Heck off, buckaroos..

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"Excuse me, Sir? Sir!? SIR?!!?? Can I ask you a question?! Where did you get those shoes?! Sir? Are you married (see above)?! SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIR!!!????!!!

 

the worst part is my condo is pretty much directly across from Forever 21 so i enter there and as soon as i travel out the Forever 21 door into the mall, BOOM there is that dang setup/kiosk for 200.00 hand scrub that i can get at Marshall's for 12 dollars! HA!

They TRY to stop me everytime not remembering me (maybe?!)...and i just say "no i can get all that crap at Marshall's at a 90 percent discount!"

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3 hours ago, Highrise Tower said:

New page could use a refresher of the proposed highrise hotel/condo building back in 2016.  This is at the corner of Sage & W. Alabama.

https://houston.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/04-06-16-the-galleria-moves-on-up-with-major-expansion-luxury-high-rise-hotel-and-condos-planned/#slide=3

 

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^^^ let's not forget about the forthcoming next HANOVER BLVD PLACE development... which shall include a 50+ story structure indicating a hotel... and possibly related condominiums.  could be our long awaited RITZ CARLTON...

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9 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ let's not forget about the forthcoming next HANOVER BLVD PLACE development... which shall include a 50+ story structure indicating a hotel... and possibly related condominiums.  could be our long awaited RITZ CARLTON...

Was this info from an insiders post on here?

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i actually forgot all about Joey's Restaurant coming to the Galleria but the construction fence is now surrounding Yauatcha and the fence has the big Joey's Restaurant logo printed on it...so this is happening! 

 

https://houston.eater.com/2020/1/29/21113668/joey-restaurant-opening-houston

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9 minutes ago, Justin Welling said:

I love Joey's! The atmosphere is similar to Moxie's, but the food is way better. 

awesome to hear! i had no idea what to expect as i had never heard of them! my condo is pretty much behind moxies and across from Joey's so i am excited to have both! 

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Joey's looks like it will be open by summer i do believe (if not end of spring possibly?)! i need to walk by there this week/weekend to check it out better but it looks pretty great with all the windows and signage etc (former Yauatcha space)

https://joeyrestaurants.com/

and here is their hiring notice:

https://apply.workable.com/joey-restaurants-1/j/AEC4247935/

 

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44 minutes ago, gene said:

Joey's looks like it will be open by summer i do believe (if not end of spring possibly?)! i need to walk by there this week/weekend to check it out better but it looks pretty great with all the windows and signage etc (former Yauatcha space)

https://joeyrestaurants.com/

and here is their hiring notice:

https://apply.workable.com/joey-restaurants-1/j/AEC4247935/

 

Looking at the website it'll probably be one of my regular spots 😏

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well yesterday i walked over to see it up close....as i approached the signage looks amazing and all the windows facing Westheimer and towards Oceanaire etc...and the large covered patio they have created facing west complete with suspended heaters. It looks really awesome... BUT then as i get closer and take a look over the green fencing surrounding the whole project, i see that the inside is still basically an empty drywall shell...i am thinking this will be a mid to late summer opening now but we shall see!  

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Retail Roundup: Luxe bookstore Assouline enters Houston; Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, more open in Galleria

 

Assouline opened its first Texas location in Houston's River Oaks District.

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The pandemic hasn't stopped luxury retailers from opening new stores in Houston, with a number of luxury goods now available in some of Houston's hottest shopping districts.

River Oaks District adds new-to-Houston bookstore

Assouline, a luxury coffee table bookstore, opened in River Oaks District. 

It’s the company’s first Southwest store and spans 1,500 square feet. The store's books, which showcase art, fashion, photography, travel and more, range in price up to $12,000 — its most expensive is a book on Robert Polidori photography and Ignasi Monreal illustrations called “AlUla.” The store also sells gifts and furniture. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Assouline to River Oaks District. This marks a milestone for both Assouline and the District by being the brand’s first boutique to open in the Southwest region,” said John Pearson, River Oaks District’s marketing director. “Assouline is an important addition to our diverse collection of retailers and experiences that we are continually evolving to create a unique shopping and lifestyle destination.”

The Galleria opens Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, more

The Galleria is opening a slew of new stores. 

Louis Vuitton Men’s, Moncler and Rag & Bone — all first-to-Houston stores — will come to level one soon. Louis Vuitton Men’s and Moncler will open this summer between Galleria Financial Center and Neiman Marcus, while Rag & Bone is coming soon near Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Moncler, a French-Italian apparel manufacturer, sells down jackets and sportswear. Rag & Bone, a New York City-founded apparel company, sells contemporary, everyday wear. 

Giorgio Armani also opened an interim boutique, with the latest concept from the legendary Italian brand coming later this fall. It’s in level two, between the Galleria Financial Center and Neiman Marcus. Also recently, John Varvatos opened its only Houston location on level one, near the Orange Garage entrance, while Valentino renovated its flagship boutique on level one near Neiman Marcus. 

Vivaldi Music Academy opens fourth location

Vivaldi Music Academy, one of the fastest-growing private companies in Houston, will open its fourth location at Sugar Land Town Square, joining locations in West University, Bellaire and Memorial. 

The 2,500-square-foot space at 2115 Lone Star Drive replaces a Sessions Music. It offers classes for ages four and up in cello, drum, flute, clarinet, guitar, piano, viola, violin and voice, with early childhood music classes, group guitar and a children’s choir. The school is led by violinist Zeljko Pavlovic, a regular performer with the Houston Symphony. 

“We are excited to bring our world-class faculty and performance opportunities to the Sugar Land community,” said Pavlovik.

 

 
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amen to that!!!!!!!!!!!!! it definitely makes that "jewel box" standout now! love the huge sign on the side and them using all the windows to full advantage! guess i will be seeing you there @kennyc05 !

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1 hour ago, gene said:

amen to that!!!!!!!!!!!!! it definitely makes that "jewel box" standout now! love the huge sign on the side and them using all the windows to full advantage! guess i will be seeing you there @kennyc05 !

Yeah it'll probably another hangout spot lol

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i can't seem to find this exact space listed anywhere online... (ste b3556)...

maybe it is replacing the former Kona Grill space? something definitely needs to go there but honestly do i like ethiopian food? i have no idea haha! 

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If its the same Blue Nile that has been on Richmond near Gessner for 20 years, since I've been here, then it might do well. When I last ate there a decade ago it was the go to place for  ithe Ethiopian community here, which probably has grown, with  a second or third generation that has its roots in Houston, not in Addis Abbaba. 

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Are we sure this is Blue Nile the Ethiopian restaurant and not Blue Nile the diamond company? Maybe I missed it and it said restaurant somewhere, but the jewelry store would seem to make a lot more sense for the Galleria.

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