The Shops at La Cantera

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 General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 175
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,011,000 sq ft (93,900 m2)
No. of floors 2

The Shops at La Cantera is an upscale open-air regional shopping mall located in far northwest San Antonio, Texas, USA, near the Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 interchange, in the city's La Cantera District. 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 being 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.[1]

The shopping center was designed by the local architectural firm Alamo Architects. The shopping center is designed 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 style.

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, including newcomers to the market such as Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, BCBG Max Azria, Apple, Lacoste, and Tumi.[2]

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.[3] Like the original mall, the second phase was designed by Alamo Architects.




  1. Shops at La Cantera to be a retail slam dunk, Rouse says, San Antonio Business Journal, May 28, 2004
  2. Image:Dillard's Firewheel.jpg
  3. The Shops at La Cantera to multiply, San Antonio Express-News, March 20, 2008
  4. SADI 2006 Grand Winner: The Shops at La Cantera Retail Traffic Magazine, May 1, 2006

Coordinates: 29°35′33″N 98°36′56″W / 29.59250°N 98.61556°W / 29.59250; -98.61556

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