First Colony Mall
First Colony Mall is a regional shopping mall in Sugar Land, Texas"about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Houston. The mall"located west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6"opened on March 14, 1996 and was recently expanded in 2006. First Colony Mall is owned by General Growth Properties and is the only mall within Sugar Land. The mall is anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and JCPenney. Dillard's has recently opened an additional location in the shopping center that will focus solely on men's clothing in the former Mervyn's store at the start of 2009. Its specialty tenant mix is generally upper-middle class in nature.

Tornado of 1998
On February 16, 1998, a tornado damaged the mall and the Sugar Land Aerodrome ice skating complex located south of the mall. The tornado hit the southwest corner of the Dillard's store and caused a support wall to collapse, sending bricks to the sidewalk below. Part of the interior was damaged and 5-6 inches of water accumulated inside the store. The tornado also damaged an exterior wall at the JCPenney store, and also damaged part of the roof and the mall's sprinkler system, resulting in water damage to several specialty stores in the mall. No one was injured in the tornado, even though two patrons in the nearby ice skating complex sought medical attention on their own. This was especially surprising given the President's Day shopping crowd present that day.

2006 expansion
In 2006, First Colony Mall underwent an expansion that added a lifestyle center wing in front of the main entrance. Several stores established in the mall relocated to the new addition, while others opened their first locations in Fort Bend County. Additionally, one retailer, Barnes and Noble, relocated from an adjacent shopping center. There are also two restaurants next to the addition, Kona Grill and The Cheesecake Factory. In addition to Kona Grill and The Cheesecake Factory, other dining facilities have been added to the new courtyard section of the mall. The Black Walnut Cafe, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, and Paciugo have been the most current additions. Since the lifestyle wing was built on the front parking lot, parking garages were built in front of the Dillard's and Macy's stores to alleviate parking problems created by the new addition. Additionally, traffic lights were installed at the intersection of North Town Center Boulevard at the ring road to alleviate extreme traffic problems at the main entrance.

  • Dillard's (210,000 sq ft., opened 1996)
  • Dillard's Men (84,000 sq ft., opened 1996 as Mervyns, closed 2006, reopened June 2008)
  • JCPenney (125,000 sq ft., opened 1996)
  • Macy's (200,000 sq ft., opened 1996 as Foley's, became Macy's in 2006)
In addition to the anchors, the mall also has a 24-screen AMC Theatres complex located on an outlying parcel southeast of the mall.


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