By 2025, Houston’s Memorial Town Square will be on every travel marketer’s list 

The Memorial Town Square will be a haven for food lovers. It will house chef-driven restaurants as well as fast casual food experiences. 

Houston-based real estate development company MetroNational is planning a 27-acre Memorial Town Square at Barryknoll Ln. and Gessner Road, which will comprise locally curated culinary collections and elevated health and wellness services.

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Aerial Memorial Town Square; Rendering Courtesy of MetroNational.

Inspired by the aspirations of the community, Memorial Town Square is envisioned to be intimate, charming and timeless.

“MetroNational has been working towards this day for more than 25 years. Memorial Town Square was designed for the community with the hope that they would one day consider it a part of their daily lives – hence the name. Memorial Town Square gives a nod to the small town feel that only Houstonians know and understand. Houston may be a metropolitan city; however, Houstonians enjoy having a place that feels like it is all their own,” says Jason Johnson, President of MetroNational.

World-class design

Central to all design efforts was the desire to resonate and align with the footprint set by the Memorial community. 

MetroNational has assembled a world-class design and retail leasing team to include Gensler, design architect; Office of James Burnett (OJB), landscape architect; RSM Design, environmental graphics and wayfinding; RUE, leasing consultant and Pacific Retail Capital Partners, development consultant.

MetroNational and Gensler spent several years collaborating with the community, to gather input on desired amenities and guide the master plan’s design. Most notably, the 77024 neighbors felt a paradigm shift in how they wanted to enjoy their lives.

“Our inspiration for the layered and individualistic look of Memorial Town Square came about from mining the historical traditions of artistry, materiality, sculptural form, and eye-catching details of West Houston’s stately homes,” said David Glover, Chief Creative Officer, MetroNational. 

The retail landscape is being designed to feature the most coveted names in local and international food and lifestyle retail, with plans to include 40+ aspirational and emerging brands that are both iconic and new to the marketplace. Approximately 35 percent of the project will be food and beverage, from chef-driven restaurants to fast casual food experiences, all with al fresco dining. To enhance the consumer experience, resort-style hospitality and operational standards will include valet and convenient parking, electric car charging stations, private outing and corporate event planning, car washing and rentals including stroller and baggage, wheelchairs, umbrellas and cell phone chargers. Additionally, MetroNational will implement the latest technology to enhance mobility.

Centered around expansive green space, Memorial Town Square will offer a combination of intimate, sophisticated gathering spaces intentionally crafted for lively and low-key get togethers. Guests and residents of Memorial’s affluent and expansive community will be able to enjoy thoughtful art, entertainment, and experiential events within a relaxed yet vibrant communal and cultural hub.

“Memorial Town Square will be a one-of-a-kind development in the marketplace for spending time with family and friends, dining, exploring beautiful green spaces, and finding new and well curated brands to satisfy their shopping needs,” says Danna Diamond, Vice President of Retail Leasing, MetroNational.

Located at Barryknoll Ln. and Gessner Rd., the next-level destination, is part of the holistic development strategy and overall vibrant transformation to take place across Memorial City’s 300 acres including the creation of new multi-family residential units, an office tower, creative office and co-working spaces, and the reimagining of the 1.7 million square-foot Memorial City Mall. As part of the redevelopment of the 27 acres, the 190,000 square-feet of retail in Memorial Town Square will deliver first with construction to begin in 2023 and completion slated for 2025.

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