Series of monthly themed public events kicks off in May; normal mall hours return June 1

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 21, 2021) – It’s time to shop, dine and play again as La Palmera prepares to launch a months-long celebration marking the return to normal, including regular mall operating hours.

Party Under the Palms features a free, themed event each month through October, kicking off with “Pachanga” on Thursday, May 27, in the La Palmera Cafes food court from 6–8 p.m.

In addition to live mariachi music, Pachanga guests can participate in a Grito contest for a chance to win a $50 La Palmera Gift Card, pre-register to play Corpus Christi Loteria for a chance to win a $100 La Palmera Gift Card (three games, limited seating), and enjoy cerveza samples from L&F Distributing (guests 21 and up, while supplies last). There will also be special offers at select stores and restaurants for guests to take advantage of throughout the evening.

“Everyone is ready to get back to some semblance of normal again and at La Palmera, that means lots of activities for our guests,” said Amanda Sanchez, La Palmera general manager. “Party Under the Palms is our way of celebrating being able to spend time together once again with fun and uniquely themed events each and every month.

“And although the mall has stayed quite busy since reopening after the temporary pandemic shut down in 2020, we are ready to return to our regular operating hours. It’s full speed ahead from here on out.”

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, mall operating hours will be Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. with mall doors opening at 7 a.m. each day for mall walkers.

PARTY UNDER THE PALMS SCHEDULE

  • Pachanga                                                 Thursday, May 27, 6–8 p.m.
  • Totally Rad Movie Night                   Saturday, June 26, 6:30–­10 p.m.
  • Música and Movie                                Saturday, July 10, 6:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Back to School Scavenger Hunt    Thursday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
  • Oktoberfest Unter den Palmen     Thursday, Sept. 16, 6–8 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos Fiesta                Thursday, Oct. 21, 6–8 p.m.

For more information on Party Under the Palms, including event pre-registration when required, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

First Corpus Christi location set to open fall 2021

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 29, 2021) – After delays in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction is now set to begin on Razzoo’s Cajun Café at La Palmera.

This will be the first Coastal Bend location for the Dallas-Fort Worth-based restaurant known for its festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail.

The 5,800 square-foot building, which also has an 880-square-foot patio, will be located near the corner of South Padre Island Drive and South Staples St. The new restaurant will feature Razzoo’s signature inviting décor, including neon, bright colors and music that perfectly complements the total Cajun dining experience.

Construction is slated to begin this week and the location will be ready to open in the fall of 2021.

“We’re pleased to be adding Razzoo’s to our already strong lineup of full-service dining options at La Palmera,” said Amanda Sanchez, general manager of La Palmera. “Despite the pandemic, La Palmera has remained a desirable location for retail and dining in the Coastal Bend, and we continue to welcome new businesses.”

Local artist Jason Juranek set to begin new mall artwork

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 11, 2021) – La Palmera today announced Corpus Christi artist Jason Juranek as the winner of its recent mural contest. Juranek will receive $500 to create the mural with La Palmera also providing all paint and supplies required for the project.

With work set to begin immediately, Juranek will create his winning entry on a wall approximately 14’ high x 12.5’ wide located in hallway of the mall entrance by LongHorn Steakhouse. The new mural is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. Depicting elements of Coastal Bend culture, Juranek’s winning mural was one of six entries submitted by local artists.

“I chose to use the culture of Corpus Christi as the theme for this mural,” Juranek said. “In the mural, the highlights of Corpus Christi include a view of the downtown bayfront, a local surfer on a wave at the beach, the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum, and even flowers from the botanical gardens. All of the pieces of the collage describe many of the most popular cultural highlights of our city.”

Running Jan. 15–Feb. 8 and open to any Texas resident age 18 and older, the mural contest was designed to provide artists an opportunity to enhance mall-goers’ shopping experience with an eye-catching, inspiring art display. All entries were posted on the La Palmera Facebook page for public viewing and voting, the results of which were included in the mall’s selection process.

“We have many talented artists in our community and were pleased to see all the great entries,” said La Palmera General Manager Amanda Sanchez. “Our wining artist, Jason Juranek, really captures the feel of our community and we look forward to seeing his completed work. With millions of visitors every year, we are the perfect location for local talent to showcase their work and we are happy to continue bringing enriching art and culture to our 1-million square-foot property.”

In addition to serving as the premier shopping and dining destination in Corpus Christi, La Palmera supports the value and impact of local art. Since launching a partnership with K Space Contemporary in March 2018, La Palmera has remained dedicated to showcasing the creative talents of local artists throughout the mall, including the La Palmera Gallery on the Upper Level.

Socially distanced photos available beginning Feb. 18

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Feb. 3, 2021) – Spring is just around the corner and so is the arrival of the Easter Bunny at La Palmera.

Easter is Sunday, April 4, and the Easter Bunny will be available in Center Court to meet boys and girls and pose for socially distanced photos during mall hours. “Safe” Visits with the Easter Bunny, presented by Radiology Associates, are by reservation only this year — no walk-ups — and are available Thursday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, April 3. For safety purposes, there will be a life-size plexiglass photo frame separating the Easter Bunny and his guests.

Reservations are available during mall hours and can be made online at lapalmera.com. Photo packages start at $24.99 with other items available for purchase.

Guests can once again take advantage of “Quiet Time with Bunny” events providing a sensory-friendly environment allowing some one-on-one time for special needs children to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. The events are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28, and March 7, from 9–11 a.m. before mall opening—no fountain, no background music, no crowds—and provide extra visit time for those who may have developmental or physical challenges. Visit lapalmera.com for more information and to reserve a time.

Pet lovers can also get in on the fun with four “Pet Night with the Easter Bunny” events, scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 16 and 18, and March 23 and 25, from 4–7 p.m. All visits are by reservation only and are available online at lapalmera.com. Only dogs and cats are permitted, and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

For more information, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

Nov. 19 event gets a makeover due to COVID-19 restrictions

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 10, 2020) — Although things will look a little different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, La Palmera will welcome Santa Claus on Thursday, Nov. 19, with a special event — complete with social distancing. 

This year, La Palmera will host Santa’s Arrival Drive N’ Wave Parade, presented by Apollo Towing, in place of its traditional parade and party. Instead of spectators sitting and watching the parade roll by, it will be the spectators who slowly drive their vehicle by parade participants stationed along the front of the mall, from Dillard’s to JCPenney, including musical performances, entertainment, holiday characters and of course, Santa himself.

The route for Santa’s Arrival Drive N’ Wave Parade, presented by Apollo Towing, will be open 7–9 p.m. and guests must remain in their vehicle while on the parade route. Vehicles may enter the “line-up” parking lot, sponsored by Radiology Associates, off McArdle Road adjacent to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, anytime from 6:30–8:30 p.m. where they will wait to begin driving the parade route. Vehicles may re-enter the “line-up” lot as available space and time permit, up until 8:30 p.m. when the lot closes.

Parade guests will receive a special Holiday Passport to Savings booklet, one per vehicle, providing special offers from select La Palmera merchants as a “thank you” to the community, and kids get a fill-in-the-blank “Letter to Santa” they can hand deliver to Santa’s Elves at the end of the parade.

“La Palmera has hosted Santa’s arrival here in Corpus Christi for more than a decade,” said Amanda Sanchez, La Palmera general manager. “It‘s unfortunate we can’t host our regular parade and indoor activities because it’s become a tradition for thousands in our community, but we feel as if we have come up with a fun and safe alternative for Santa’s arrival — and photos — this year.”

“Safe” Visits with Santa, sponsored by Apollo Towing, are by reservation only this year, no walk-ups, and are available Friday, Nov. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 24. For in-person visits in Center Court, there will be a life-size plexiglass holiday photo frame separating Santa and his guests, which will be incorporated into the keepsake photos. Photo packages start at $25.95 with other items available for purchase. Guests will also have the option of virtual online visits with Santa for $25, which includes a recorded keepsake video.

In-person visits are available Monday–Thursday from noon until closing, and Friday–Sunday during mall hours. Virtual Santa visits are Monday–Thursday from 8–11 a.m. and Sunday 6:30–8:30 p.m.  A link to Santa Visit reservations is available at lapalmera.com.

For more information on La Palmera and Holiday Happenings, go to lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-3755.

High-end jeweler slated to open mid-November

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 22, 2020) – La Palmera today announced Dallas-based Paramount Jewelers is coming to La Palmera in time for holiday shopping.

The 1,199-square-foot store will be located between Pandora and Windsor just off Center Court. For more than 20 years, Paramount has been known in the Dallas–Fort Worth area for its high-quality handmade custom jewelry, partnering with major diamond exporters to provide some of the finest diamond jewelry and loose diamonds for purchase, along with a variety of popular watches, including pre-owned Rolex and Tag-Heuer timepieces.

Shoppers will find associates with an unmatched expertise when it comes to diamonds, including engagement and wedding rings, as well as a master jeweler to create, maintain and repair jewelry.

Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of October with opening slated for mid-November.

Paramount will become the fourth new tenant to open at La Palmera in 2020, joining Charleys Philly Steaks, Lush and Lovisa in the mall’s mix of shopping and dining. Also opening in July was La Palmera’s new neighbor, Home2 Suites by Hilton, located adjacent to the mall near Dillard’s and making it possible for Coastal Bend visitors to now conveniently shop, dine and stay.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 10, 2020) – Trademark Property Co., the Fort Worth-based retail and mixed-use development, investment and services firm, today announced Amanda Sanchez as General Manager of La Palmera, a 1-million-square-foot mall located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Trademark handles leasing and asset management for the super-regional mall.

Sanchez is the first woman and Hispanic to lead mall operations in La Palmera’s 50-year history.

Bringing extensive experience and first-hand knowledge to the position via her more than 20-year career at La Palmera, formerly Padre Staples Mall, Sanchez has served in various capacities, most recently as Assistant General Manager since 2013. In her new role as general manager, Sanchez will lead oversight of the property’s day-to-day operations, including property management, operations, marketing, customer and tenant relations.

“Amanda has done an outstanding job as La Palmera’s assistant manager, and we are excited to see what she will bring to the property as general manager,” said Steve Sumell, Executive VP-Portfolio, Trademark Property Company.

Fashion jewelry specialist preparing for fall opening

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 31, 2020) – La Palmera today announced fashion-forward jewelry specialist Lovisa is coming to La Palmera this fall.

The 1,300-square-foot store will be located adjacent to Michael Kors just off Center Court.

Created out of a need for on-trend fashion jewelry at ready-to-wear prices, Lovisa takes inspiration from couture runways and current street style to deliver new, must-have styles. With more than 150 styles delivered to stores each week, Lovisa caters to every woman, providing exceptional customer service.

Construction is set to begin in early August with opening slated for September.

La Palmera continues to welcome new tenants, including Charleys Philly Steaks, which opened July 14 in the La Palmera Cafés food court, serving up delicious sandwiches grilled fresh to order, including the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Also opening in July was La Palmera’s new neighbor, Home2 Suites by Hilton, located adjacent to the mall near Dillard’s and making it possible for Coastal Bend visitors to now conveniently shop, dine and stay.

50 YEARS OF SHOPPING

Corpus Christi shopping landmark turning 50; time capsule commemorating milestone to be buried

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 24, 2020) – The summer of 1970 started like any other in Corpus Christi. The Jackson 5 and The Beatles were topping the music charts, Catch-22 was bringing them in at the box office, while bell bottoms, mini-skirts and tie-dye were the fashion of the day. But things were about to change for the better as the area’s first indoor shopping center was preparing to open.

And open it did to much fanfare on July 30, 1970, as Padre Staples Mall with two-weeks of events featuring a ribbon cutting, the Corpus Christi Municipal Band, trained seals, a car show, and a 581-pound block of cheese. The mall was only one-story at that time bringing 622,760 square feet of new shopping options to the Coastal Bend, a four of which remain to this day — Chick-fil-A, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Zales Jewelers — albeit in different locations, with the exception JCPenney.

Through the years, the mall morphed and grew. In 1975, the mall installed a “money-dispensing machine,” making it the first retail location in the state of Texas to do so. The 80s were a time of growth as the mall expanded its footprint to the west, making way for a new upper level and a larger Dillard’s, an upstairs food court and movie theater was added, JCPenney added a second floor, the multi-level parking garage and a third anchor department store, Foley’s (later Macy’s), were built, and the iconic double-decker carousel made its debut in the mall’s center court. The 90s saw Chili’s Grill & Bar built on a corner of the mall property, and plans were drawn up to make the mall two stories throughout were shelved. Although that plan never came to fruition, bigger changes were on the way in the next decade.

In July 2008, Trademark Property and partner Institutional Mall Investors, LLC, acquired the mall, changing the name to La Palmera and launching a two-year, $50 million redevelopment of the property. On June 25, 2010, a ribbon cutting and three-day “Grand Opening” event marked the end of the 1-million-square-foot regional mall’s transformation and the beginning of its new life as a cutting-edge shopping and leisure destination and local economic development machine.

Today, La Palmera remains the only super-regional mall in a 140-mile radius.

“We took a distressed 1970s mall and literally transformed it into something spectacular,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera. “We added a great mix of new tenants and dining options and numerous amenities such as free Wi-Fi, expanded Concierge service, valet parking, and community programs, all of which have greatly improved the guest experience.”

In the past two years several popular retail and dining options opened their first and only Coastal Bend locations at La Palmera including Kendra Scott, Hollister Co., Torrid, Windsor, BoxLunch, Steak ‘n Shake and Dave & Buster’s.

This year marked the arrival of specialty retailer Lush on Center Court and Charleys Philly Steaks in the La Palmera Cafés food court, with ChinaMax also planned for the food court Razzoo’s Cajun Kitchen to be located adjacent to JCPenney off Staples Street in the corner of the mall’s southeast parking area. A new Home2 Suites by Hilton, also recently opened adjacent to the mall bear Dillard’s.

“Even as many malls struggle, La Palmera continues to be a desirable location for retailers and restaurants and we are pleased to continue bringing new elements into the mix for our guests.”

In honor of the mall’s 50th anniversary, on July 30, 2020, La Palmera will bury a time capsule in front of the mall, designed to be unearthed in the year 2070.

“Although we originally had other plans for a celebration, the pandemic put an end to those,” said Walters. “With that said, we still wanted to commemorate the milestone and thought a time capsule might be a fitting way to do that.”

Included in the time capsule will be items documenting the mall as it is today, including a mall directory with a map and store listings, a photo of the mall staff, a thumb drive with press releases and other documents relating to mall events in 2020, and of course — a mask.

La Palmera’s new neighbor provides unique amenities for Coastal Bend visitors

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 16, 2020) – Home2 Suites by Hilton has officially opened adjacent to La Palmera making it possible for Coastal Bend visitors to now conveniently shop, dine and stay.

Located just steps away from the mall’s west side near Dillard’s, The Home2 Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi Southeast is the brand’s first Corpus Christi location. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 109 suites and a range of value added, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities.

“We are very pleased to welcome Home2 Suites by Hilton to their newest location, literally steps away from La Palmera,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera. “It’s a beautiful property with great amenities, and the proximity to the mall, with more than 100 retail and dining options, provides a real added value to guests.”

Owned and managed by Pegasus Hospitality Group, Home2 Suites by Hilton offers pet-friendly, all-suite accommodations with fully-accessorized kitchens, modular furniture and complimentary Internet; inviting communal spaces, including an outdoor saline pool, fire pit and grill area; Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area; Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations.

Corpus Christi welcomes an estimated 8–9 million visitors each year, with approximately 74% of area visitors coming from other parts of Texas.

“Our owners are excited to bring the very first Home2 Suites by Hilton to the Corpus Christi area,” said Victor Salinas, Home2 Suites general manager. “This city is in need of an upscale extended stay hotel with over 100 rooms and Hilton is the right brand to do just that. With La Palmera Mall right next door to us and miles of restaurant and shopping venues for our guests to choose from – we expect nothing short of success and growth. We couldn’t have picked a better location.”

 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi Southeast is located at 5274 South Padre Island Drive (SPID). For more information or to make a reservation, call the hotel directly at (361) 299-0811, or go online to  http://corpuschristisoutheast.home2suitesbyhilton.com.