Welcome to the Southwest Corporate Center formerly known as Westwood Mall.
Anchored by Sears, a small movie theatre, and Dillards; this two story mall did not last very long. It opened in the mid 1970's and closed at the end of the 1990's. The mall was built two freeway exits southwest of the Sharpstown Center to cater to the growing population of the area. The mall was renovated once in the late 1980's also. Foley's at one point was in talks to move their Sharpstown location to Westwood in the mid 1990's, but that never panned out. The mall began to rapidly decline when the First Colony Mall in Sugarland opened in the mid 1990's. A shooting at the Wyatt's cafeteria in 1993 did not help the image of the mall and may have been another contributing factor to the declining sales at the mall. The death knell for the mall was the closure of Dillard's in 1997. The few remaining mall tenants were given the option to leave and break their leases. Sears was left as the lone anchor tenant while the rest of the property was redeveloped. I never went to the mall when it was open and there is not much information available online about the mall history; the Houston Chronicle archives helped to create this article. Today the mall has been turned into offices called the Southwest Corporate Center with Sears still attached and open for business. The entire mall including the Dillard's was gutted out and remodeled to this design. The new development has had three names since being re-positioned as an office complex. The center went from Westwood Technology Center, to Southwest Technology Center, and now Southwest Corporate Center. This has been a great example of mall re-use but this model will not work everywhere. If anyone of my readers has any other information please let me know.
Sears is the only retail outlet available at the former mall. Sears owns its own building and opened before the mall did. Maybe the Sears would consider relocating to the Sharpstown Mall if they did not own that site.
This was the former Dillard's at the mall. This is as close as I could get without a parking pass.
Here are a few shots of the mall. The pictures are not easy to get since most of the former mall complex has been fenced off for private parking.
From this next view it looks as if this part of the mall had a second floor entrance; Dillard's might have had a second floor entrance as well. Once again; this site is very hard to get pictures of due to the gates around most of the complex.