HTX RealEstateConfidential 2015
Mall Makeover

Mall makeover: Mammoth shopping center gets rejuvenated with updated food court and new stores

Mall makeover: Shopping center rejuvenated with new food court, stores

Willowbrook Mall renovations rendering
The addition of a clear two-story structure at the entrance to Willowbrook Mall is just one aspect of the mall's renovation project. Courtesy of Willowbrook Mall

Willowbrook Mall is getting a facelift.

Owner General Growth Properties, Inc. has announced plans for a large-scale project to update the interior and exterior of the 1.3 million-square-foot northwest Houston shopping complex that was built in 1981 and renovated in 1992.

A contemporary, two-story clear structure will be added to the mall's entrance, which in addition to the existing skylights, will help flood the space with natural light. New landscaping features will also be added, including hardscape elements and dedicated areas for seasonal plantings.

Willowbrook Mall's food court will also undergo renovations, including the addition of new eateries and modern tables and chairs. During the renovation process, some restaurants will be closed, but are scheduled to reopen as quickly as possible, officials said in a press release. Interior renovations will occur after mall hours to ensure an optimum shopping experience for customers and retailers.

The entire project is expected to be complete by the 2015 holiday season.

The mall has already seen many changes over the past year, including the addition of beauty retailer LUSH Cosmetics, Nordstrom Rack, women's fitness retailer SIX:02, Michael Kors and White House | Black Market. Forever 21 also recently redesigned and renovated its nearly 20,000-square-foot space and reopened in late May, and Kids Foot Locker is remodeling its store with an opening planned for mid-summer. 

Major tenants include two Macy's stores, Dillard's, JC Penney and Sears, Apple, Best Buy, Godiva, H&M, Sephora, Swarovski, Victoria's Secret and Old Navy.