Memorial City Mall is a large shopping mall in Memorial City, Houston, Texas, United States, at the intersection of Interstate 10/U.S. Route 90 and Gessner Road, adjacent to the large Memorial Hermann medical complex. Constructed in the early 1960s, the mall has since grown to be one of the city's more popular malls, mostly due to a large renovation project that took place in the early 2000s.HistoryFirst mallThe Memorial City Mall completed in 1966 was a very middle-market shopping venue, with the aforementioned Sears, plus Walgreen Drug, Piccadilly Cafeteria and an S.H. Kress variety / 5 and 10 store. A single-screen cinema, the Memorial Theater, was also connected with the interior mallway. It opened in June 1962. A Montgomery Ward was added, as a second anchor store, in 1972.Town & Country rivalryMemorial City Mall was expanded with a Foley's and Battelstein's in 1974. These were located in a new East Wing. Lord and Taylor joined the mall, as a west addition, in 1977. The mall now housed 1.3 million leasable square feet.Town & Country Mall was dedicated in 1983. Located only a mile west of Memorial City Mall on Interstate 10/U.S. Route 90 and Beltway 8, it featured more upscale stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Marshall Field and Company and Saks Fifth Avenue. Shoppers preferred Town & Country's retail mix and, for a time, it was considered the more fashion-conscious mall of the two.