Welcome! I’m glad you’re here, my name is Mike and Houston Historic Retail is a personal project of mine. No other person, company, or other entity is sponsoring this website. This website is a labor of love and as such most of the information on this website is of my own personal research. However, some outside sources are used, and I try to notate them all.

Any logos, images, or other graphic shown on this website is property of its original owner. As such they may be removed at the owner’s request using the contact information below.

How to use this site

The website is divided into two separate sections. The blog (the home page) deals with general retail and Houston topics. All other pages (accessed from the menu) are dedicated to the history of stores in Houston.

I do NOT have or hold any relationship to the companies featured on this website, photos and information may not always reflect current information.

Many articles link to Houston Chronicle archives. The links are meant to be shareable but may require a Houston Public Library card to log in.


If you want to get in touch with me, you can email me. If you’d rather not divulge your email you can use the Contact Me page, or leave a comment on any page or post. I always like to hear from visitors, and I’m open to the idea of sharing content from guest writers. If you have something you’re trying to research, I have a good amount of resources to share. Also, if you have something for me to research I can look into it!

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Media Mentions

Chron.com See What Northwest Mall Looks Like
Chron’s Facebook “Zombie Mall!”
KPRC-TV A dying breed: The future of shopping malls KPRC-TV
Houstoniamag.com Northwest Mall