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15 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

It might seem like forever, but I'm pretty sure it's been there less than 20 years.

 

It was Luke's Hamburgers for the longest time and i loved that place! 

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7 minutes ago, MarathonMan said:

The interior design here is STUNNING!  I wouldn’t normally go to The Galleria for a meal — too much of a hassle with traffic and parking — but for this space and my love for Indian cuisine, I’d make an exception!

 

Agreed. Very unique environment. Love Indian food too. Will definitely have to try it out.

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What are you talking about?  The Galleria is not San Jacinto Mall, or Greenspoint...or the Astrodome.  The Retail environment is no doubt contracting but Galleria's formula bucks that trend entirely.  If anything, I can see the Galleria gaining in size, with additional hotel(s), residential towers and entertainment options.  The Concrete and Steel is surely still sound and I'm fairly certain that it will be in another 20 years.  There surely will be multiple renovations and alterations to maintain the structure and update the product.  But, tear down?  I don't see that, in the foreseeable future. 

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I went to the galleria the offer day and it is thriving. The outside looks like crap; nothing new there. It has looked like that for decades, but it was just as packed as always. 

 

Not all malls are going the way of the DoDo bird.  Was at the Town Center in Pearland and Baybrook too and both seemed to be packed

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1 hour ago, Timoric said:

What year do you think they will tear down the Galleria?  I think it might have 20 years left.

I'll give it 60 more years, or until my twin daughters can't  walk around much. They and their friends love the place unlike most other malls.

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On 7/1/2019 at 10:18 AM, Naviguessor said:

What are you talking about?  The Galleria is not San Jacinto Mall, or Greenspoint...or the Astrodome.  The Retail environment is no doubt contracting but Galleria's formula bucks that trend entirely.  If anything, I can see the Galleria gaining in size, with additional hotel(s), residential towers and entertainment options.  The Concrete and Steel is surely still sound and I'm fairly certain that it will be in another 20 years.  There surely will be multiple renovations and alterations to maintain the structure and update the product.  But, tear down?  I don't see that, in the foreseeable future. 

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at *Hudson yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

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They recently power washed Neiman Marcus and it looks a helluva lot better. The Galleria would be more attractive from a pedestrian standpoint if they developed another restaurant or entertainment pod in the parking lot on the corner of Wertheimer and Post Oak.  Dillard's is a box that truly offends.  It looks like at one time it had large display windows facing the parking lots but that these were covered by stucco at some time in the past.  Some attractive displays, trellises with greenery and a paint job to the concrete block walls on the parking structure would make the store look more user friendly and less dated.

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:42 AM, urbanize713 said:

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at Sawyer yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

Unlike the Galleria, though, Sawyer yards incorporates both indoor and outdoor space, and the two interact well with each other.  The Galleria gives the public zero exterior experience.  Sawyer Yards is far beyond the Galleria in terms of overall scope.

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:42 AM, urbanize713 said:

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at Sawyer yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

 

Are you sure you weren't referring to "Hudson Yards"?

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20 hours ago, Skyboxdweller said:

They recently power washed Neiman Marcus and it looks a helluva lot better. 

 

I have commented on this thread many times that a good power washing would definitely help the Galleria in general! (and probably Dillard's too!)...glad to see it was done at NM!

 

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33 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

In the thread for the Zone D'Erotica redevelopment, someone posted about the possibility of a food hall in the Galleria or near the Galleria.

That most def could be a possibility.

There are entities for a possible food hall from Company of Nomads or Silent Theatre Group (Conservatory, Railway Heights Market, Bravery Chef Hall) either at the Galleria or nearby. There is a LLC for Conservatory Galleria  and Moku Bar Galleria. There is also one for W Alabama & Sage, which could be the area this will be built.

 

 

I’ve heard conservatory will be putting another food hall concept in Dan Brauns recent acquisition at W Alabama and Rice. 

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On 7/20/2019 at 11:13 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:



This makes more sense. I wondered how that would work with the ice rink level food court.

When I plugged in W Alabama and Sage on Google and ran a search on Loopnet, the Yorktown Plaza at  5353 West Alabama  (now dubbed 53 West ) came up several times. I overlooked it because I forgot Braun Enterprises purchased the building to renovate.

And Moku Bar is shown as clear as day on the site plan for 53West or 53 West. How did I overlook that and forget about it? Thanks for steering me in the right direction.



Mods, @Urbannizer, @Triton, @Subdude, @Montrose1100, @intencity77 please move this post and the two above to the thread for 53 West:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/39170-renovations-coming-to-yorktown-plaza

 

Honestly I can't make heads or tails with this entire thread. Its such a mess. I have yet to put anything from here on the map because I just don't know what is what. We should either subdivide things in here into other threads. Maybe one stays on Going Up if its going up, and then the rest can go into the Uptown subforum.

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I posted about this in the Galleria Expansion thread last week...i am excited for it.

Houston was chosen because it is one of the largest and busiest malls in the country I am thinking.

also i thought it was going to go where TopMan/TopShop was since a 2 story location would be cool and help divide out the sections they mention in articles where there will be a try and play section...(plus that would have placed it right there by the children's galleria themed play area)...but i noticed a sign saying "Q" coming soon (which i take it is the womens clothing store)

but since b8ta store has involvement in this i am thinking it will be in the Saks Fifth Avenue wing near b8ta and obviously there is enough empty space down that hall still...

we shall see (as the only other space i have noticed large enough is the east end of the ice skating level by the post office next to the massage place as that is now a large white painted wall...

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/18/toys-r-us-taps-tech-startup-b8ta-to-bring-its-stores-into-the-future/

 

Again, I am excited about a toy store... 🤡

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I miss F.A.O Schwartz here in Houston...I would go there often (in the Grand Lux Cafe space on Westheimer)...

However while I wish they would have a big new and improved Flagship store like F.A.O in New York here in Houston...this new store will be relatively small prototype stores that they claim will be a "new kind of toy store"...

only time will tell........

(and will add...of course the NYC F.A.O was packed as it's in the heart of everything that is NYC...plus it's an iconic landmark and the site of the awesomeness that is the movie BIG! although i will bet most people go in there not to shop but to look around and experience the wonder of it all...that is, until Christmas time when I am sure there are tons of actual shoppers.)

 

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NYC F.A.O. is definitely as much a tourist attraction as it is a retail outlet. I think what a revived Toys R Us needs to avoid is competing with on-line stores (perhaps even itself) and focus on the new and unusual in its brick-and-mortar stores. People will want to "test drive" innovative products and buy them if they like them. This may have been what made Sharper Image an initial success. Are there any of those stores still around?

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No Shaper Images that i know of but yes what you described is EXACTLY what the new Toys R Us will be...just like the b8ta store in the Galleria that is creating this new version of Toys R Us!

It will be interesting to say the least

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On 8/7/2019 at 11:34 AM, gene said:

I miss F.A.O Schwartz here in Houston...I would go there often (in the Grand Lux Cafe space on Westheimer)...

However while I wish they would have a big new and improved Flagship store like F.A.O in New York here in Houston...this new store will be relatively small prototype stores that they claim will be a "new kind of toy store"...

only time will tell........

(and will add...of course the NYC F.A.O was packed as it's in the heart of everything that is NYC...plus it's an iconic landmark and the site of the awesomeness that is the movie BIG! although i will bet most people go in there not to shop but to look around and experience the wonder of it all...that is, until Christmas time when I am sure there are tons of actual shoppers.)

 

 

The current NYC FAO Schwarz location isn't the same one that was in BIG - that was the Fifth Avenue store, which closed in 2015 during the period when the company was owned by Toys R Us. The new location is in 30 Rock and just opened at the end of last year. 

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I see...well most people probably wont know that...including me haha! 🤡 and the funny part is i was there at the original about 10 years ago and i couldn't tell you where it was other than new york...but man i love that place...and that city! 🙃

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On 8/9/2019 at 10:17 AM, gene said:

I see...well most people probably wont know that...including me haha! 🤡 and the funny part is i was there at the original about 10 years ago and i couldn't tell you where it was other than new york...but man i love that place...and that city! 🙃

 

I had a yellow taxi cab as a kid that made noises, and one of the buttons was someone asking to go to FAO Schwartz in a super thick New York accent, and they said where it was but I can't remember it now

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Forever 21 recently filed for bankruptcy (they want to focus on online only), A'Gaci did the same earlier this year. Topman/ Topshop closed all US stores. That entire section of the mall is gonna look dead. Is this the beginning of the mall idea becoming "obsolete." It looks like we're headed towards that idea. Online shopping is becoming more favorable, Amazon delivers literally anything to your house, Uber eats/ other apps deliver any food option to your house. There's even apps that brings other services to you like massages, car wash, home repair, cleaning services. Its all cool but at the same time....getting worried we'll all be anti-social in future.

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1 hour ago, Amlaham said:

Forever 21 recently filed for bankruptcy (they want to focus on online only), A'Gaci did the same earlier this year. Topman/ Topshop closed all US stores. That entire section of the mall is gonna look dead. Is this the beginning of the mall idea becoming "obsolete." It looks like we're headed towards that idea. Online shopping is becoming more favorable, Amazon delivers literally anything to your house, Uber eats/ other apps deliver any food option to your house. There's even apps that brings other services to you like massages, car wash, home repair, cleaning services. Its all cool but at the same time....getting worried we'll all be anti-social in future.

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Ah great, you found the sheet of paper I mentioned in the Greenstreet thread. 

 

I disagree with you about online shopping. Sure, over half of what I buy nowadays comes from online but I tend to believe clothing is one of those major exceptions. I have to try it on and see how it looks and fits before I ever buy it. You can't try clothing on online, unless you're using one of those specialized apps for buying a suit that gets your measurements from a picture. But even then, most people want to try on a suit before they buy it. 

 

Even with Uber Eats, you don't see tons of restaurants simply becoming Uber Eat counters. People still want to get out of the house, enjoy the atmosphere of a restaurant, and eat the food as soon as it's done being prepared.

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I live across the street from the Galleria and walk to it often...I too have noticed all the store closings and empty or covered spaces...

Sugarfina closed the Galleria location last month as well (I think the first thing to close that I was like wow...changes are coming....is when the Galleria McDonalds closed) and now like you said Triton: "A'Gaci did the same earlier this year. Topman/ Topshop closed all US stores. That entire section of the mall is gonna look dead." you forgot to mention Kona Grill as well! and now with Forever 21, you are correct...YIKES! scary stuff! 

I am getting worried as i personally do not like online shopping and like to see, touch and try on everything in person...and i like to go out to eat as that is a large part of my social life (i do not drink, so hardly a bar and i do not know how to cook and don't want to learn so i go out to dinner every night!)

 

 

 

 

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Yikes, this is all feels so sudden. Just a few months ago none of those places were closed on that side of the Galleria. I remember seeing someone post a similar notice for the Subway and they did eventually reopen. I wonder if the same thing will happen here. How is Memorial mall fairing compared to the Galleria? Are they also seeing a lot of closings?

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3 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

No worries those are all shit stores. Other shit stores will take their business. 

Topman’s styling was questionable and way too European. Their shorts are super quality. Have outlasted every other. Price point was too high for their younger market.

 

Forever never changed. I liked getting cheap bathing suits and tank tops but I knew pineapple and other prints wouldn’t last forever. No pun intended. It is literally the same style when I was actually 21, 9 years ago. They never adapted. H&M at least progresses and offers staples, like solid colors.

 

As long as Brooks Brothers stays in that section I’ll still be shopping there. Although they should seriously consider a Rice Village location.

 

The Galleria needs some wider spaces and better transfers between floors. The walking room is not sufficient in some bottleneck areas. It’s poorly planned and a unified vision could fix it if they did it in phases.

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Which explains why they ripped off that notice so quickly! (although not so quickly that it got posted here and everywhere) 🤪

But that is good to hear...I am just glad to not see another empty space that will sit there forever...plus with Kona Grill empty and then the thought of Forever 21 being empty, the front of this part of the Galleria from the street would have looked pretty sad to say the least. 

speaking of which, I am wondering if anything will take over that Kona Grill spot any time soon. I am not sure what would even be a good addition but with major street presence (and indoor Galleria access) I am thinking something more fun and/or more accessible like a Torchy's (despite one opening on San Felipe soon), or a late night Pizza place/bar like Home Slice in Austin or even moving La Madeleine or similar style place up there...imagine commuters and pedestrians being able to walk in out for coffee and baked goods etc as well...I don't know...just thinking aloud haha!

 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

Which explains why they ripped off that notice so quickly! (although not so quickly that it got posted here and everywhere) 🤪

But that is good to hear...I am just glad to not see another empty space that will sit there forever...plus with Kona Grill empty and then the thought of Forever 21 being empty, the front of this part of the Galleria from the street would have looked pretty sad to say the least. 

speaking of which, I am wondering if anything will take over that Kona Grill spot any time soon. I am not sure what would even be a good addition but with major street presence (and indoor Galleria access) I am thinking something more fun and/or more accessible like a Torchy's (despite one opening on San Felipe soon) or even moving La Madeleine or similar style place up there...imagine commuters and pedestrians being able to walk in out for coffee and baked goods etc as well...I don't know...just thinking aloud haha!

 

 

Empty space sitting there forever has never really been an issue at the Galleria.

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