Friday, April 24, 2009
Sharpstown Center Mall Houston Texas
(See Dec 09 & Jan 10 updates for recent updates on the ongoing redevelopment of the Sharpstown Mall into Plazamerica). The property is now rebounding and under construction.
Once a vibrant mall with Montgomery Wards, Walgreens, Foley's and Kresge's as anchors; this mall has struggled through the last decade. In April of 2009 my family and I visited this mall and took these photos. This mall lost JCPenney as an anchor in 1998, Finger furniture in 2008, Macy's in 2008, and the cinema in 2008. This was originally a one story mall that opened up in the 1960's before the southwest freeway was built. The mall had several successful years and even outlasted a second mall built two miles away called Westwood. Shortly after the mall opened a high rise called the jewelry center; it was constructed as an anchor to the mall. In the late 1970's the mall added a second floor to add to its success. In 2001 Montgomery Wards closed and was replaced by a Burlington Coat Factory. In January of 2008 Macy's and Finger Furniture announced their stores would be closing. The cinema followed suit quietly. The food court went from nearly full to only one food outlet in less than a year. Inline stores have been exiting quickly and the mall has not taken down most of the signs. Some of the closed food outlets still have their menus up as if they are only temporarily closed. Strangely there are still stores hidden in some of the areas of the mall where anchors have left. In the JCPenney corridor there are three stores still left even though the anchor has been gone since 1998. One of those stores is hidden behind a corner that you have to walk up to the closed anchor to see. The mall has several staircases that will give the shopper a workout, but navigating a baby stroller here is terrible. The Burlington and the Jewelry center seem to do well here. Outside of this mall there are two closed auto repair shops, a closed Circuit City, and a closed Big Lots which is the first Big Lots I have seen that closed. Target and Marshall's across the freeway also pulled out in 2006.