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PlazAmericas, formerly known as Sharpstown Mall and earlier Sharpstown Center, is a shopping mall located in the Sharpstown development in Greater Sharpstown, Houston, Texas. The mall is located on the northwest corner of U.S. Route 59 and Bellaire Boulevard. This is the third mall to be built in Houston after Gulfgate Mall opened in 1956 and Meyerland Plaza in 1957. Sharpstown Center was the first air-conditioned, enclosed shopping mall in the Houston area. The area includes the Jewelry Exchange Center, a ten story building. After the mall was renamed PlazAmericas, it took a Latin American theme and catered to Hispanic and Latino Americans.The mall opened on September 14, 1961 just days after Hurricane Carla hit Houston, with over only 8,000 shoppers (a number that was affected by the hurricane) present and a guest speaker, future U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. The enclosed mall was considered unique for the area, and a luxury given Houston's historically unpredictable weather.The mall contained the Clock of Texas diorama, an animated look at the history of Texas through the centuries. Sharpstown Center consisted of many stores, including anchors Montgomery Ward, Battelstein's and the first Foley's store outside of downtown Houston, along with the Sharpstown State Bank - which closed after the Sharpstown scandal; now the Jewelry Exchange Center. Because it was Houston's first air conditioned mall, many Houston residents residing in the central part of the city wanted to experience the "mall of the future." The remains of the former bank are three drive-throughs in the middle of the front parking lot that are still standing to this day.Transportation was a major problem because it took Houstonians time to get to the mall. Frank Sharp decided to donate a 300 ft (91 m) wide strip of land to build the Southwest Freeway (U.S. Route 59) through his development and position the mall on the outbound side of the freeway to provide quick access to the mall.The mall fought off competition from The Galleria and Westwood Mall, which both opened in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, a second floor was added and the mall was extensively renovated from its original 1950s appearance. A food court was added in the former Battelstein's department store.In February 1989 Sharpstown Mall was 97% occupied, making it the mall with the highest percentage of occupied space in the Houston area.

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Location: Greater Sharpstown, Houston, Texas, USA

Official site: http://www.plazamericas.net/

Owner: Boxer Property Management

Opened: 1961

Nb of floors: 2

Anchor tenants: 1

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PlazAmericas, formerly known as Sharpstown Mall and earlier Sharpstown Center, is a shopping mall located in the Sharpstown development in Greater Sharpstown, Houston, Texas. The mall is located on the northwest corner of U.S. Route 59 and Bellaire Boulevard. This is the third mall to be built in Houston after Gulfgate Mall opened in 1956 and Meyerland Plaza in 1957. Sharpstown Center was the first air-conditioned, enclosed shopping mall in the Houston area. The area includes the Jewelry Exchange Center, a ten story building. After the mall was renamed PlazAmericas, it took a Latin American theme and catered to Hispanic and Latino Americans.The mall opened on September 14, 1961 just days after Hurricane Carla hit Houston, with over only 8,000 shoppers (a number that was affected by the hurricane) present and a guest speaker, future U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. The enclosed mall was considered unique for the area, and a luxury given Houston's historically unpredictable weather.The mall contained the Clock of Texas diorama, an animated look at the history of Texas through the centuries. Sharpstown Center consisted of many stores, including anchors Montgomery Ward, Battelstein's and the first Foley's store outside of downtown Houston, along with the Sharpstown State Bank - which closed after the Sharpstown scandal; now the Jewelry Exchange Center. Because it was Houston's first air conditioned mall, many Houston residents residing in the central part of the city wanted to experience the "mall of the future." The remains of the former bank are three drive-throughs in the middle of the front parking lot that are still standing to this day.Transportation was a major problem because it took Houstonians time to get to the mall. Frank Sharp decided to donate a 300 ft (91 m) wide strip of land to build the Southwest Freeway (U.S. Route 59) through his development and position the mall on the outbound side of the freeway to provide quick access to the mall.The mall fought off competition from The Galleria and Westwood Mall, which both opened in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, a second floor was added and the mall was extensively renovated from its original 1950s appearance. A food court was added in the former Battelstein's department store.In February 1989 Sharpstown Mall was 97% occupied, making it the mall with the highest percentage of occupied space in the Houston area.

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