Local shopping options in The Woodlands area continue to grow and expand with a number of new businesses, and expansions on shopping staples.
Set to open at Metropark Square, the 240,000 square foot entertainment and dining district just east of Interstate 45 in Shenandoah, by the end of this year are: Martinis & Manicures, it’s exactly what it sounds like and the bar is well stocked; The Wonderland Suites, a sort of co-working space for salon industry professionals looking for a booth to rent; Top Sushi, the hit chain sushi restaurant located across the state; Dave & Buster’s, well known entertainment center with food and games galore; and Bubble Egg, a waffle and ice cream location.
Early next year, Metropark is expected to welcome Black Bear Diner, a family-friendly chain from northern California; Sharetea, a tea house with hand-picked selections of Taiwanese beverages including bubble tea; Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry; Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe; and BurgerIM, a fast-growing international burger chain.
In March, Metropark Square opened a 10-screen AMC theater and next month the mixed-use development shopping area expects to open a 1,000-car parking garage. By November of next year Metropark Square plans on expanding the offerings of the center to include hospitality with a Hyatt House hotel.
Metropark Square is a development of the Sam Moon Group, a multi-generation family development company with headquarters in Plano, Texas.
But Metropark Square isn’t the only shopping development growing this year. Coming soon, Torchy’s Tacos will be opening its second location in The Woodlands at The Woodlands Mall on Lake Woodlands Drive. Taco lovers can celebrate too on Oct. 7 at the location’s opening party, where there will be free tacos and green chile queso.
“When this amazing space became available, we knew it was the perfect spot to serve up more Damn Good tacos to The Woodlands community,” said G.J. Hart, CEO of Torchy’s Tacos in a release. “There’s nothing better than a made-to-order margarita and an order of chips and Green Chile Queso after a long day of shopping.”
Torchy’s began as a taco food truck in Austin in 2006 and has since grown nationally. This will be the chain’s 56th location in Texas.
But Torchy’s isn’t the only restaurant to open a new location at the mall. Peli Peli, a South African fusion-style restaurant with several locations in Houston as well as Katy, recently opened up a location here on Lake Woodland’s Drive. Executive Chef Paul Friedman has over 35 years of experience in the industry, including owning several restaurants in South Africa and Germany.
To finish off the food related mall updates, Kokee Tea has opened near the food court, serving boba tea, frozen tea, and hot tea in a new take on a classic tradition. The business was founded in Virginia but has since expanded with locations in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, and Texas.
Soon to appear, the mall’s first CBD business, Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy will be opening a kiosk in the mall soon enough. Interested buyers will find CBD skin care, CBD sleep aides, CBD edibles, and CBD bath and shower products.