Lovisa coming to La Palmera

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.

La Palmera Commemorates 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.

HOME2 Suites by Hilton opens adjacent to La Palmera

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.

Charleys Philly Steaks now open at La Palmera


Lush preparing for limited in-person opening; Razzoo’s and ChinaMax to open later this year


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 14, 2020) – The new Charleys Philly Steaks opened today in the La Palmera Cafés food court, the first location in the Coastal Bend.

Known for its delicious sandwiches grilled fresh to order, particularly the Philly Cheesesteak, the new Charleys features foodie favorites like gourmet loaded fries and real fruit lemonades. Charleys uses only premium ingredients, including 100% USDA choice steak, 100% all-white meat chicken, all-natural cheeses, and hand-cut vegetables.

Lush, the socially and environmentally conscious retailer known for its all- natural hair, face and body products, is planning to open for in-person shopping for the first time in early August. With its original March 16 grand opening sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new store has only partially opened when it began filling online orders for pickup on June 18. This is the first Coastal Bend location for Lush.

Two other new dining options are slated to open later this year at La Palmera. Razzoo’s Cajun Café will be located adjacent to JCPenney off Staples Street in the mall’s southeast parking with its festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail; and ChinaMax will bring its fusion of various Southeast Asian cooking styles and fresh and healthy traditional Chinese fare to the La Palmera Cafés.

Lush to Open at La Palmera

BoxLunch To Open At La Palmera

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe to Open at La Palmera

“The Voice” Alum Holly Tucker at La Palmera


WHAT:                 “The Voice” Alum Holly Tucker at La Palmera

WHEN:                Thursday, May 23 — 3:30–4:30 p.m.

WHERE:              The Stage at La Palmera Cafés

After winning the hearts of millions of television viewers on Season 4 of NBC–TV’s hit music reality show, The Voice, Holly Tucker continues to leave her boot print all over Texas Country Music and with fans worldwide.

Tucker will bring her signature sound to La Palmera on Thursday, May 23, from 3:30–4:30 p.m., as she stops by for a short performance followed by a meet and greet with fans in the La Palmera food court. Following her visit to La Palmera, the reigning Texas Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year heads to Whataburger Stadium to perform the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch for the Corpus Christi Hooks game vs. the Frisco RoughRiders.

A native of Waco, Texas, Tucker grew up singing in church and performing on various stages and at fairs and festivals around Texas. In 2013, she took to the national stage receiving an impressive “4-chair-turn” on The Voice, making it to the top 6 as a member of Team Blake Shelton.

With a voice described by Shelton as “the most effortless, accurate, and powerful voice he’s ever heard,” Tucker continues to perform and record her music, recently releasing a new album entitled Steel.

Windsor Plans New Store at La Palmera

Women’s fashion icon coming to Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May XX, 2019) – La Palmera today announced women’s clothier Windsor will open this year at La Palmera.

The 3,975-square-foot La Palmera store will be located adjacent to Gordon’s Jewelers just off Center Court. From its 1937 beginnings in Los Angeles, the store has remained family owned, priding itself on beautiful merchandise, great visual displays, cleanliness and outstanding customer service. Windsor features fashionable women’s clothing from casual to formal, including tops, jeans, jackets and dresses, lingerie, accessories, footwear and even high-end cocktail and formal wear for special occasions.

Construction is set to begin this month. Although no official opening date has been set, it’s estimated that the new store will open sometime late summer.

“La Palmera continues to be a draw for quality retailers and restaurants and we’re proud to bring Windsor to our Coastal Bend customers,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera.

Easter Bunny Brings Spring Fun to La Palmera Beginning March 10

Multiple events planned through April 20

 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 1, 2019) – Spring is just around the corner and so is the arrival of the Easter Bunny at La Palmera.

To celebrate, La Palmera will host a special party on Sunday, March 10, from 2–5 p.m. in Center Court. The event is free and includes the arrival of the Easter Bunny along with a petting zoo, face painting, a balloon artist, as well as arts and crafts (while supplies last).

Easter is Sunday, April 21, and the Easter Bunny will be available to meet boys and girls and pose for photos through Saturday, April 20, in Center Court during mall hours. Once the Easter Bunny arrives, guests who would like a shorter wait can get a Fast Pass, allowing them to reserve at time for their visit and pre-pay for their photo package. Guests can go online to lapalmera.com to reserve and their time; photo packages start at $24.99.

La Palmera will also host a special breakfast with the Easter Bunny event on Tuesday, April 2, as part of the monthly Tide Turners Kids Club event for kids 5 and under. Held in Center Court from 10 a.m.–noon, the event is free and includes arts and crafts, games, snacks and more.

The Easter Bunny Cares program for special needs children will be held Sunday, March 31 and April 7, from 9–11 a.m. These events provide a sensory-friendly environment before the mall opens — no fountain, no background music, no crowds — giving those with developmental or physical challenges and their families more time to enjoy quiet one-on-one time for photos with the Easter Bunny. Provided in partnership with Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs, which oversees photo programs at La Palmera, guests can make the required reservations online at lapalmera.com.

Pet lovers can bring their fur babies to one of four “Pet Night with the Easter Bunny” events, each featuring a local animal organization. This year’s events are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2–3 and April 9–10, from 5–8 p.m. 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, visit Concierge or call (361) 991-3755.