First phase of Metropark Square nears completion; additional restaurant openings planned for spring

Parts of Metropark Square have opened through the year, including an AMC Theatre. Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper
Parts of Metropark Square have opened through the year, including an AMC Theatre. Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper

Parts of Metropark Square have opened through the year, including an AMC Theatre. Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper

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Metropark Square looks to add multiple new businesses in early 2020. Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper
Work is progressing in 2020 on Metropark Square, located off of I-45 North in Shenandoah, as new storefronts are completed and opened to the public.

Daniel Moon, vice president of development company Sam Moon Group, said in a phone interview as of Nov. 23, the stores Martinis and Manicures and Urban Air Adventure Park opened, the access road Entertainment Way opened onto David Memorial Drive, and a 1,000-car parking garage was completed. In the first quarter of the year, Metropark Square will add new tenant Dave and Buster’s—an entertainment center—on Jan. 20, followed by Top Sushi, BurgerIM, Black Bear Diner and Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry by the end of March 2020.

Since the first tenant—an AMC theater—opened on March 1, Moon said he has received positive public feedback about the center. In order to promote the square as a community destination, Moon said free monthly events began Jan. 11 with a Chinese New Year celebration.

Moon said he believes the development project will add tax value and entertainment options for the city of Shenandoah.

“Not only is Metropark Square adding additional ad valorem taxes, sales tax and other monetary benefits to the city of Shenandoah, it is also bringing guests to enjoy their wonderful city who have never been there,” Moon said. “The addition of AMC, Urban Air and Dave and Buster’s is collectively a huge attraction for people to visit Shenandoah for the first time.”


John Mayner, director of the Shenandoah Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the Metropark development will provide more opportunities to residents and visitors to the city.

“We are thrilled,” Mayner said. “Metropark Square offers a lot for future growth of the city. There is a nice mix of businesses, and the plaza is a great event space. There is going to be so much to do once the storefronts come in; this is only the first phase of development.”

Mayner said Metropark Square’s offerings are good from a tourism perspective for both residents and businesses in the area.

Moon also said the new stores will bring jobs to the area, with Dave and Buster’s hiring for 230 positions.

Moon said future development could add at least 20-25 additional tenants throughout 2021.

Editor's note: The name of the business Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry was updated in this story Jan. 13. The business was formerly known as Everbrite Dentistry.

Howard Hughes multifamily projects planned to open in 2020-21

1. Howard Hughes Corp. is developing Two Lakes Edge. The eight-story complex off Hughes Landing Boulevard will consist of 386 units, averaging around 997 square feet each. It will open in the spring.

2. A multifamily project broke ground July 26 for a seven-story building at Timberloch Place and Six Pines Drive. The 179,338-square-foot building will feature 163 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. The project is anticipated to open in early 2021.

3. Howard Hughes Corp. announced a new residential development in the Creekside Park Village Center on Nov. 7. The new development will comprise of six four-story buildings and 360 units ranging from 600-1,400 square feet. Ground-level units will include private, fenced yards. The complex will feature an extra-large fitness center and clubhouse, a swimming pool, grilling areas and a dog park. The complex is anticipated to open in summer 2021.

This article ran in the January 2020 edition of The Woodlands. Read the full e-edition here.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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