Since its founding in 1970, the Houston Galleria has undergone several major renovations. The most recent, a 00 million overhaul of the mall’s former Saks wing, was unveiled two months ago. Known as Galleria VI, the 110,000 square-foot wing will bring 35 new retail and restaurant concepts to the mall. Not every retail and dining space planned for the new wing is open for business, but several are. And these new shopping and dining destinations are just a ten-minute walk from AMLI Uptown. Here’s a look at some of the revamped Saks wing’s highlights.
There’s a lot to appreciate about the Galleria VI, which connects Neiman Marcus to the ritzy new space Saks Fifth Avenue moved into last April. Galleria marketing director Chris Lane describes the wing as “a really light, bright area” and “fun to be in without having to go outside.” Polished marble floors set the tone for the two-floor retail haven, which is illuminated by a combination of a skylight and tasteful lighting fixtures. Comfortable seating is available for visitors who don’t love shopping and shoppers in need of a break.
High-end retail favorites
The bulk of the Galleria VI’s new retail space has been claimed by luxury fashion retailers who already have a presence in Houston. Coach, Cole Haan, kate spade new york, Lacoste, St. John, True Religion, and Tumi have all taken up residence in the revamped Saks Wing.
At least four of the luxury retailers with concepts planned for the Galleria VI wing are opening standalone stores in Houston for the first time. AG Adriano Goldschmied and Robin’s Jean, both known for their denim, are two. These will be joined by women’s formalwear brand Tadashi Shoji and Massimo Dutti, which sells formalwear for both men and women.
Fashion-minded Houstonians aren’t the only residents with cause to check out Galleria VI. Foodies will soon have at least four new reasons to visit the Galleria, already home to high-end dining establishments like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and The Oceanaire Seafood room. Sensational Japanese restaurant Nobu and exquisite Mediterranean eatery Fig & Olive are opening locations in the revamped Saks Wing. An Indian-Asian restaurant called Spice Route is slated to open soon. And, according to mall executives, at least one other restaurant concept will be announced before long.
The new Saks Fifth Avenue Store
If you haven’t already visited the Galleria’s new Saks Fifth Avenue space, it’s worth checking out. Although not technically part of the recently opened wing, the luxury department store’s relocation paved the way for Galleria VI. And now that the wing is open, movement between the new Saks store and the rest of the Houston Galleria is easier and more pleasant than during the wing’s construction. Highlights of the 210,000-square-foot department store include a cocktail bar and 20,000-square-foot cosmetics area. Personal shopping assistance is available in the store’s Fifth Avenue Club. All of this and more is a short walk from AMLI’s luxury Galleria apartments.
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