Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Woodlands Mall; The Woodlands Texas

The Woodlands Mall is located Northwest of Houston in the suburb of the Woodlands in Montgomery County. Current anchors are Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's, Forever 21, and Barnes and Noble. The Woodlands Mall opened in the mid 1990's in a competition with another developer that wanted to open a Conroe Mall at the Southwest corner of Loop 336 and I-45. Once the anchors started signing on with the Woodlands Mall development; the Conroe Mall plan was scrapped. Anchor changes have been minimal Macy's was a converted Foley's. Forever 21 was originally opened as a Mervyn's and was used as a Children's Museum for a couple of years once Mervyn's closed. Then Forever 21 took the space over a couple of years ago. The mall has room for one more anchor and like many of the malls built has an extra area open for what was once called a future anchor development. The Esplanade Mall and Deerbrook Mall which are similar two story malls also have an empty anchor spot that was never filled.

Sears will be closing in the next year; this building was sold by Sears to the mall owner General Growth Properties paving the way for a new anchor. Nordstrom is rumored to be the replacement anchor, but nothing official has been announced.

This is the outdoor/ lifestyle portion located on the southern portion of the mall. This section was built about 10 years ago. The waterway goes through the nearby business district. Several office towers have been constructed in the Woodlands area near I-45 and more are under construction.

For a fee, you can take this boat around the waterway.

The food court of the mall features a carousel and several restaurants.

The mall is very busy and has an open two story floor plan.

A good look at the Sears that will be redeveloped as part of the sale of a few company stores to the mall owner.  This store will be closed sometime in 2013 and turned over the the mall owner as part of the deal.


  1. Nordstrom was officially announced. It will be opening in 2014.

    1. I have an update coming soon to the blog that has several photos from the final days of the Sears. The mall already has Nordstrom advertised on signage throughout the mall. Do you think the mall will benefit more with Nordstrom than Sears there?