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Ssh, don't tell! The high end stores moving into the new River Oaks District development leak out

Ssh, don't tell! The high end stores moving into the new River Oaks District development leak out

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The covetable silk scarves and leather handbags of Hermès may soon find a home at the River Oaks District. Courtesy photo
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OliverMcMillan's development is expected to include 650,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space. Courtesy of OliverMcMillan
River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, site plan, December 2012
Although no specific store or restaurant names have been released, a floor plan denotes leases executed or in negotiation in red. OliverMcMillan
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River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, site plan, December 2012

As the year comes to an end, the last of the tenants of 4444 Westheimer are packing up their belongings and moving out to make way for the River Oaks District, a forthcoming mixed-use property from San Diego-based real estate developer OliverMcMillan

Although the project is not expected to be complete until the fall of 2014, a highly-placed source has told CultureMap what sort of retail hotspots we might expect to find on the 15-acre tract.

Hermès, which currently has a Houston address at BLVD Place on Post Oak, has plans to move down the street once the dust has settled, according to the source.

Christian Dior quietly closed its doors in the Galleria earlier this year (with Louis Vuitton taking over the space for a temporary women's department while that store undergoes renovations), but it is also expected to open a new storefront at the River Oaks District. 

Rumor has it that the fashion-forward Tom Ford and John Lobb, purveyor of "the finest shoes and boots for gentlemen," are eyeing real estate at the forthcoming development, too, which is also slated to include 99,000 square feet of office space and 278 residential units.

Inquiries to OliverMcMillan representatives were not immediately returned.

A pre-Christmas trip down Westheimer Road to Highland Village proved so traumatizing that we're avoiding the trafficky thoroughfare for the time being — so while it's nice to have an alternative to the Galleria, the worry still remains that this development (plus several others planned for that saturated stretch) will only make matters worse.