This is the only mall in the Houston metro area not next to a freeway. 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 also a standalone Mervyn’s store. This mall was built in an older section of the Pasadena area in 1984 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 five 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 also changed as well to try to accomidate the Spanish population of the area and more traditional 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 because it was built behind some office buildings. Mervyn’s across the street closed in 2006 as well when the chain left Houston. At this point the mall is 75% occupied. The mall has also suffered from a highly publicised robbery in the parking lot of a female shopper. Foley’s has also been rumored to leave in 2006 when Macy’s takes over, but Macy’s has taken down the Foley’s signs and installed Macy’s signs with a temporary Foley’s cover until they officially make the name switch so they appear to be staying for a while. On a recent summer Friday night foot traffic was sparse during the prime hours of 7-9 pm even with the closing sale going on at Dillard’s. This mall is in a declining area and it is only a matter of time until the last few corporate holdouts leave and the rest of the mall goes under. Southeast Houston is overmalled with San Jacinto, Pasadena Town Square, Baybrook, Almeda, and Mall of the Mainland. Only Baybrook mall is successful and 95% occupied the only empty spot being from the closed Mervyn’s anchor. A sixth southeast Houston mall Gulfgate closed in the year 2000 and has since been turned into a shopping center of the