Publication: Houstonia Magazine

Saks Fifth Avenue Is Radically Rethinking the Department Store

February 10, 2016

New brands, exclusive boutiques and sleek, sophisticated design are on deck at Saks Fifth Avenue’s new Galleria store, debuting this spring.

Opening in the Galleria in 1997, the current Saks Fifth Avenue Houston is a monument to mall culture—the monolithic limestone façade facing Westheimer is basically a temple dedicated to luxury shopping. But almost as soon as Saks was installed in the mall, consumer tastes changed. Malls have been challenged for shopping supremacy by open-concept shopping centers like River Oaks District. High-end shoppers began to demand a experience that included luxury finishings and details in keeping with the price tags of the goods on display. Younger customers preferred boutiques over megastores.

To respond to a changing retail environment, Saks Fifth Avenue has unveiled detailed plans of its new Galleria department store, gathering media for a comprehensive presentation on Tuesday evening. The big news is that the new store will open on April 28, with the current space closing at the end of the day on April 20 to facilitate the move.

“This is the biggest move of its type that Saks has ever done,” said Bobby Dees, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Houston. “It’s going to be a […]

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