Welcome to Pasadena Town Square the update.
Originally posted on the now closed Mall History site by me in 2006. (Updated July 15, 2009)
Located at Southmore and Pasadena Blvd this mall once boasted Joske's, Walgreens, Palais Royal and Foley's as anchors. Joske's was taken over and renamed a Dillard's in 1989 and a Sears was built as a new anchor in the mid 1990s. Across the street was a stand alone Mervyn's store. This mall was built in an older section of the Pasadena area in 1982 and the area has gone through some major population shifts. The population of the area has become more working class due to the expansion of several nearby refineries. During the last ten years the 12 story bank building in the front of the mall closed as well as the major hospital down the street on Southmore. The mall tenants have changed and many chain stores have left. A major blow to the mall came when Dillard's announced they would close their store at the mall in early 2006. Dillard's is the most visible anchor that the mall has. Mervyn's across the street closed in 2006 as well when the chain left Houston and a Steve and Barry's replaced half of the closed Mervyn's. The Steve and Barry's only lasted a year and closed during the bankruptcy. At this point the mall is 75% occupied. In the summer of 2006 on a Friday night foot traffic was sparse during the prime hours of 7-9 pm even with the closing sale going on at Dillard's. Southeast Houston is over malled with San Jacinto, Pasadena Town Square, Baybrook, Almeda, and Mall of the Mainland. Out of those malls, only Baybrook Mall is the most successful with a 95% occupancy rate. A sixth southeast Houston mall Gulfgate closed in the year 2000 and has since been turned into a shopping center of the same name. The whole Dillard's corridor is empty with the exception of a Worksource but, the rest of the mall is doing well.
Macy's formerly Foley's
The former Dillard's, closed in 2006.
Sears (Formerly located on the corner of Shaver and Southmore). The former Sears location is now a Wal-Mart Super center.
Here are a couple of shots from the outside of the mall.
This building has been abandoned for years and sits directly in front of the mall. Several windows were broken during the Hurricane and there are little prospects for the building to reopen.
Steve and Barry's center.
This center was once anchored by Mervyn's and is located across Southmore from the mall. Office Depot is the lone store still in business here. Next to Steve and Barry's, construction has been halted on a new anchor store that would have filled the center up. The construction was halted around the time Circuit City went bankrupt, so I speculate that may have been a future Circuit City store.
Interior and Food court photos.
Here some 2006 pictures of the former Foley's and Dillard's at Pasadena Town Square.