Retail News: Forever 21 closing for Uniqlo’s first Houston location

Thanks to HHR Contributor billytheskink, who took this photo. According to his report, a couple of racks of merchandise are still left in the back of the store.

The Forever 21 in Memorial City Mall is preparing to close for Houston’s first Uniqlo location. The store is a Japanese-owned casual wear outfitter which only offers private-label merchandise. The retailer has been on an aggressive growth path over the past few years and initially filed permits to open a Houston store at the Galleria in Fall 2020. However, these plans obviously fell through, and permits filed recently indicate Uniqlo plans to renovate this soon-to-be former Forever 21. The rumor mill states that Forever 21 will reappear at MCM at some point, occupying at least part of Old Navy’s space. Old Navy will also likely depart the mall soon, as they have filed permits to renovate the former Office Max in nearby Hedwig Village.