The mayor and council of the District of Houston have received news from the Houston Mall management that they are currently in negotiations with a grocery supplier.
Details regarding these negotiations have not been provided at this time.
Houston Mayor Shane Brienen said he’s confident this deal will go through.
“It’s taking longer than what we expected, but we’re very confident we’ll end up with a store there [at the mall],” he said.
However, considering timelines for negotiations, any necessary renovations, and other factors, council does not foresee a grocery store occupying the former Super Valu space until at least spring of 2017.
In the meantime, council says they will be working with local merchants to discuss options for mitigating the negative impact of the lack of a grocery store over the holiday season.
“This is a top priority for council moving forward, and we will be determining how we can move forward over the coming weeks,” said Brienen. “The main goal of any plans that may come forward will be to keep people shopping in Houston over the holidays.”
According to the District of Houston, ensuring that people continue to shop locally helps to keep the local economy healthy, supports local jobs, and keeps people in our community.
According to the district, for every $100 spent locally, up to $75 stays in the community. Houston council encourages residents to continue supporting local businesses and suppliers.
“Keeping our dollars circulating locally is key to the economic health of our community.”