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Baybrook Mall plans 555,000-square-foot expansion - The Galveston County Daily News : Laura Elder's Buzz Blog

November 27, 2014

Baybrook Mall plans 555,000-square-foot expansion

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:42 pm | Updated: 3:20 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

At a time when most regional malls are struggling to stay relevant, Baybrook Mall is planning to add 555,000 square feet to the 1.2-million-square-foot shopping center.

The multi-million dollar outdoor expansion will add more than 30 retailers, 10 restaurants and entertainment and hospitality venues to the property.

But officials aren’t naming the restaurants or retailers until leases are signed. New tenants also will include big-box stores.

Baybrook Mall, at Interstate 45 S. and Bay Area Boulevard, is 100 percent leased and looking to grow with a fast-growing area, officials said.

The new development will include a 285,000-square-foot “lifestyle” expansion that connects to the existing property between Forever 21 and Dillard’s.

A 270,000-square-foot power center will complete the project with a variety of big-box anchor tenants, restaurants and “family-friendly” activities. The expansion also will include a single-story parking deck.

Another key component of the development includes a grassy lawn, the length of a football field, which is meant to serve as a gathering spot for visitors.

The project is a joint-venture between General Growth Properties and the landowner, a CDC Houston-managed entity.

Work is expected to begin in May with completion by the 2015 holiday season.

I have so many questions for readers: What restaurants/stores would you like to see at the development?

Do you still shop at Baybrook Mall?

Has Tanger Outlets changed your shopping habits?

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