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Gulfgate Mall

Coordinates: 29°41′54″N 95°17′42″W / 29.6984°N 95.2949°W / 29.6984; -95.2949 Gulfgate Mall, also known as Gulfgate Shopping City or Gulfgate Center, is a shopping center located in the East End, Houston, Texas, United States.[1] The mall is located northwest of the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and Interstate 610.

History

It was the first regional mall in the Houston area, opening as Gulfgate Shopping Center on September 20, 1956 with Joske's, Sakowitz, Weingarten's, J.J. Newberry and W.T. Grant.[2] The architects were John Graham & Company.[3] It was the first enclosed air-conditioned mall in the world.

In the early 1960s, while the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) was under construction in the Clear Lake area, NASA personnel opened temporary offices in center in about 3,000 square feet (280 m2) of floor space donated for the purpose by the Gulfgate management. MSC had a continuing operation there until additional office, engineering and laboratory space could be leased and made ready for occupation. Operations at the Gulfgate offices were largely concerned with procurement, personnel and public affairs.[4]

The shopping center was enclosed around 1967 and, after years of decline and competition, shuttered in 2000. In 2001 the original mall and the former Mervyns (across Woodridge) were demolished and redeveloped into a strip mall configuration, anchored by H-E-B, Best Buy, Office Depot, Marshalls, and Lowe's.

Anchors

Former mall anchors

All stores demolished in 2001

Former Gulfgate West anchors

  • Globe Shopping City Membership Store (closed in mid 70's and became FedMart)
  • FedMart Membership Store (closed in early 80's and became Mervyns)
  • Mervyns (closed 1991 and remained vacant for several years until it was demolished and rebuilt as Lowe's in 2001)

References

Houston portal

External links

  • Barlow, Jim. "Houston Chronicle. Sunday July 10, 2001. Business 1.
  • Vaughn, Carol E. "Houston Chronicle. March 14, 2001.
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