The Shops at La Cantera
|Location||La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas, USA|
|Opening date||2005 (phase I), 2008 (phase II)|
|Developer||The Rouse Company|
|Management||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|Owner||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|No. of stores and services||194|
|No. of anchor tenants||6|
|Total retail floor area||1,246,938 sq ft (115,844.3 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
The Shops at La Cantera is an open-air regional shopping mall located in La Cantera, San Antonio, near the Texas State Highway Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 interchange, on the city's Northwest Side. The initial phase of the project opened on September 16, 2005. The 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) center sits on a 150-acre (0.61 km2) site in La Cantera, a 1,700-acre (6.9 km2) master-planned resort community developed by USAA Real Estate Company. La Cantera is also home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, La Cantera Resort & Spa and two world-class golf courses, The Palmer Course at La Cantera and the Resort Course, which was home to the PGA Valero Texas Open.
The concept for the center was originally developed and conceived by The Rouse Company under a joint venture with USAA Real Estate Company. (The Rouse Company also developed San Antonio's North Star Mall.) General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company in November 2004.
The Shops at La Cantera were designed by the local architectural firm Alamo Architects. The shopping center was constructed as a single-level, garden-like "retail village" with varied storefronts, shared arcades, and subtle water features. The overall architectural style of the center has a Texas Hill Country vernacular vibe that was designed to solve environmental concerns about land usage and nature conservation. The shops reflect the preservation of natural landscape and evolutions in modern-day shopping patterns. The landscape architecture style, that also reflects Hill Country, was conceived by J. Robert Anderson, FASLA of Austin.
The Shops at La Cantera includes the first Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom in San Antonio and new stores from Dillard's and Foley's (now Macy's). There are also more than 150 other shops and restaurants.
The second phase of the mall was opened in October 2008 and had 300,000 new square feet of retail space and contained an additional 40 stores (about 30 of which are new to the market), restaurants, a large bookstore, and Class A office space. Like the original mall, the second phase was designed by Alamo Architects.
- The Shops at La Cantera was the 2006 Grand Award Winner in the 17th Annual Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) Awards competition, presented by Retail Traffic magazine.
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- "The Shops at La Cantera". Alamo Architects. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
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- Webner, Richard (July 22, 2015). "The Shops at La Cantera declared best S.A. mall". San Antonio Express-News.
- SADI 2006 Grand Winner: The Shops at La Cantera Retail Traffic Magazine, May 1, 2006