Reader photos and reports from the Houston Premium Outlets opening on 290 last weekend:
I had heard somewhere that the mall was supposed to have a Southwest theme, but with all the logos plastered over the entrance towers, it looks like they might have been aiming for Early NASCAR. Aside from that, though, it’s a surprisingly nice place. Yeah, there were lots of people there, but once you get out of your car, the mall handles crowds well. It’s much nicer than a lot of Houston non-outlet malls, and a whole lot less cheesy or pretentious.
After the jump: those logo-festooned towers and more on-the-spot pix! Plus: Chicken Now: Here. Now!
Looks like our earlier report on Chicken Now was wrong:
Who said Chicken Now wouldn’t be open until later? Chicken Now is open now.
The only delay is waiting in line to order.
Was it worth the wait? I don’t know. We couldn’t, so we grabbed a burrito from the mexican food stand someone had set up by the entrance. Now that was good!
And the crowds:
This place was packed! It was a slow crawl from the feeder road, and people were standing in parking spaces to reserve them. One weird thing – it looked like traffic was backed up on 290 coming in from the east more than it was from Houston.