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December 6, 2016

Baybrook Mall plans 555,000-square-foot expansion

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  • PaulMarthaFry posted at 5:26 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    PaulMarthaFry Posts: 1

    I don't go to the Mall as a rule. Occasionally I'll stop at Dillard's for some shoes but I haven't been in the Mall proper in years. I do shop at Tanger, but I'm never sure if I'm really getting a great deal or not. Most merchants seem to be selling goods manufactured specifically for the outlet stores instead of selling their overstock. If Baybrook Mall can stay fully-leased, I think the expansion is a good thing. It's only a problem when stores start to close...see Mall of the Mainland.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 5:57 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    I seldom go to any mall anymore, even the good ones like Baybrook. Occasionally I'll visit the Apple Store if I need a human to help me -- otherwise I use the online store.

    I only go to Tanger if I need shoes and can't find what I want online.

  • SVVR posted at 8:11 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    SVVR Posts: 1

    Went into Baybrook recently for the first time in years for something specific (there for about 30 minutes max, would have been less if I'd gone in the correct entrance) and have never been to Tanger. I do go to a couple of restaurants on the Baybrook perimeter on rare occasions. Don't really care what stores they get, I don't need anything so won't shop there.

  • DonnieB posted at 9:46 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    DonnieB Posts: 153

    As a suggestion to Baybrook Mall, that parking area by Dillards has for years been plagued by robberies. I had a relative that had her pursue and car stolen coming out of the store. Last year, may be wrong, but I believe someone was raped there. Now, Baybrook Mall, this is your chance to end the cycle. While building the expansion, put a strong emphasis on security. Don't overkill it, but eliminate the opportunities for thieves. Add some well-lite parking garages that have direct access to Dillards or the Forever-21, and have assigned security officers to them. Add more security cameras to the parking lots, but have visible monitors by the main entrances that each vehicle can see themselves on entering or leaving the parking lots. If a thief knows he's on camera, they may think twice about it and leave. Other than that, It's about time all that property between the mall and Sam's will be put to use. I lived in Sugarland when they added on to the mall there. That same concept should do well here. Only issue I see will be parking.

  • Do Right posted at 11:29 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Do Right Posts: 12

    This is great news! I would love to see a bit of a higher end retail store. I don't think Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue is realistic but a Nordstrom would be great.

  • TikiOwl posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    TikiOwl Posts: 69

    Agree. We had to park between Dillards and The Cheesecake Factory when it first opened. It was early evening around 6:30 we got back to the car and it had been broken in to. It was under a light and there were other cars parked there. Last time I have been to the Mall or Cheescake Factory.

  • cocodrie2013 posted at 10:50 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    cocodrie2013 Posts: 163

    Tanger is worthless. I get better deals on Amazon. I'll probably never go back there, but I will go to Buccee's. I go to the mall once in a while, but would go a lot more if it had a Nordstrom's. They could also use more unique stores.

    As for security, they should have a mounted patrol like the Woodlands Mall. I felt very safe & would go Christmas shopping at 10:00 p.m. & feel safe. [smile]

  • Alvinbr62 posted at 7:26 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Alvinbr62 Posts: 538

    Donnie B, god bless you !

  • Alvinbr62 posted at 7:30 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Alvinbr62 Posts: 538

    I love the fact TC mall is fully leased and a vibrant mall. You suck Baubrook !

  • Cpointe_Mod posted at 10:19 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2014.

    Cpointe_Mod Posts: 222

    It's nice to see growth, but the development needs to be done functionally, and we're still waiting on more details about how they plan to handle mobility issues.

    From the limited information rendered, it appears that they want to eliminate Baybrook Mall Drive (the public right-of-way which flanks the mall on its north side), which would force even more traffic onto Bay Area, which already gridlocks routinely. There's no information yet on what the overall traffic management plan will be.

    I've already blogged about this and contacted the Houston City Council member for that area. It's a bit confusing because the mall is within Houston's city limits despite falling into Friendswood's zip zone (although sometimes you'll see it described as Webster).

  • TX Native posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    TX Native Posts: 61

    Do you think this is a good development for the area?

    NO! Just google Parks at Arlington Mall located in Arlington TX to see how badly GGP screwed up that mall. Adding the entertainment venue killed existing retail at The Parks almost overnight. GGP's "expansion" at the Parks Mall is how The Highlands (high-end) shopping area came to be just one exit east of that now-ruined mall. So many retailers moved out of The Parks & headed for The Highlands leaving a crime-ridden "entertainment" area. You think there is crime at Baybrook now? I predict that Friendswood will put forth a crime tax election for a vote in less than 2 years after this foolish "expansion". Friendswood city council - are you reading this? NEVER mix retail with entertainment.

  • TX Native posted at 8:48 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    TX Native Posts: 61

    Cpointe_Mod states that Baybrook Mall is in Houston. Edit my prior post to address Houston city council regarding crime tax.

  • Cpointe_Mod posted at 6:39 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Cpointe_Mod Posts: 222

    It is confusing as the area is alternately claimed by Houston, Friendswood, and Webster, but the mall itself sits squarely in Houston (if I'm remembering correctly, they annexed it decades ago specifically for the tax revenue). This map bears that out:


    I believe this is the person to contact if you have any concerns you'd like to express, including concerns about crime potential, which is something I didn't think of (I was concerned mostly with traffic):

    Lauren Laake
    Deputy Chief of Staff
    Office of Council Member Dave Martin
    District E
    832.393.3008 (o)
    832.393.3279 (f)
    lauren.doak@houstontx.gov, districte@houstontx.gov

  • Jeffs posted at 9:48 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    Jeffs Posts: 82

    The property up to and including Baybrrok mall was once Friendswood ETJ. It still has the US Postal Service mailing address, though the ETJ was traded for other land to Houston. The Friendswood council at that time did not want Friendswood to lose its Quaker heritage and family setting, so they traded land with Houston. History lesson for the day.