In 1931 the Highland Park Village first opened its doors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to become the first shopping center in the United States. It is now an upmarket shopping plaza that is still in operation and Texas is home to some of the largest shopping malls in the world.
The largest mall in Texas is the Galleria in Houston and it is in fact the seventh largest in the country. Within its area of 3 million square feet it comprises of retail, office space, two Westin hotels and a health club.
However, most of its daily visitors arrive to visit the 375 shops that operate within the mall. The mall opened in 1970 and was the inspiration of Gerald D Hines. The anchor stores are Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue but there are many different types of shop that attract the 35 million shoppers who visit each year.
The Mall is also home to an ice rink and on the rook is a running track. Within the facility are over 50 restaurants that satisfy a wide range of budgets and tastes and the venue is positioned in the city with it being surrounded by a number of other popular retail centers.
One of the most unique examples is the La Cantera Shopping Mall just to the north-west of San Antonio. It is organized on a single level and the area covers 150 acres with it being opened in 2004 by the USAA Real Estate Company.
Within the Mall there are 175 stores with all of the major national stores having shops. Maceys, Dillards and Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are all present and every shopping need is catered for as well as a multitude of restaurants satisfying customer’s dietary needs.
What makes La Cantera stand out is its appearance. There is a village type feel to it with there being much green space and many water features have been constructed. There are also two 18-hole golf courses in the area which are both to PGA standard. The Resort course is home to the annual PGA Valero Texas Open.
The naturist feel of the Mall is heightened further by the La Cantera resort and spa. The residents have the choice of either using the facilities for exercise, or just merely lying back and being pampered by the many treatments that are on offer.
Another massive mall to be found in the State is the NorthPark Centre that is found to the north of Dallas. Opened in 1965 the mall has grown into being the 19th largest mall in the country with annual sales totaling over 1 billion dollars.
In 2004 an expansion program resulted in the mall almost doubling its space. However the original architecture firm from 1965 were brought back in to ensure that the original designs were maintained. This now gives the Mall an original feel that is not replicated anywhere else and it is a home to creative arts.
The Mall is dominated by Barneys New York store and it includes all of the nation’s major department stores. The mall has also been used for displaying fine art and is one of the few commercial centers in the country to do so. There are even occasions when dancing and singing performances occur in the mall.