Spring is in the Air

Corpus Christi’s first H&M comes to La Palmera – and that’s just one of many exciting things the mall has in store for guests.

By: Sarona Winfrey

Spring has already sprung at La Palmera, and with more than 100 shops and eateries all under one roof, shoppers will find all the season has to offer, including the first Coastal Bend location for one of the hottest retailers.

H&M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers famous for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way, is now open at La Palmera. Measuring nearly 27,000 square feet, the two-level store is the first location in the Coastal Bend.

The new H&M location will offer Corpus Christi residents and visitors a one-stop shopping destination for quality clothing for the whole family, with collections for ladies and men, including separate “store within a store” sections for accessories. The La Palmera location also carries the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 10-year-olds.

“We have been anxiously awaiting the opening of H&M here at La Palmera, the first for the Coastal Bend region,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera. “The store is attracting even more visitors to La Palmera, adding to the millions who shop with us each year.”

With more than one million square feet of space, La Palmera is already home to dozens of national retailers, including Michael Kors, Tilly’s, Pandora, Oakley, White House | Black Market, MAC Cosmetics, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Bath & Body Works, as well as smaller boutique-style stores such as francesca’s and Soma Intimates.

The mall also provides shoppers both valet and covered parking options, as well as convenient sit-down dining. LongHorn Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria are all located in the mall with Chili’s Grill & Bar in the front parking area.

Guests can also choose from numerous food and snack options, including Chick-fil-A, Sarku Japan, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Ruby Thai Kitchen and H.J. Smoothies and Creamery, among others, in the spacious 600-seat food court, as well as Häagen-Dazs, located at the main entrance, Doc Popcorn/Dippin’ Dots on the upper level and Coffee Beanery in Center Court.

“La Palmera is a regional shopping destination,” Walters said. “We are always looking to give our shoppers what they want, including H&M, which is just the first of more new things to come. Although we don’t have specific announcements to make at this time, I can tell you that plans are underway for more shopping and dining at La Palmera. It’s very exciting, and I think our shoppers will be very pleased to see what we have planned.”

The coming of spring also means it’s time for the Easter Bunny to hop into La Palmera. Easter is April 16 this year, and the Easter Bunny will be available Tuesday, March 7, through Saturday, April 15, for photos in Center Court each day during regular mall hours.

La Palmera will also host a special party on Tuesday, March 7, to welcome the Easter Bunny as part of the monthly Tide Turners Kids Club event for kids 5 and under. Held in Center Court from 10 a.m. until noon, the event is free and includes a petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon twisting, games and more. The Easter Bunny will meet and greet party guests to kick off the event and then hop back to his traditional garden spot in Center Court for photos.

Pet lovers can also bring their favorite canine or kitty for photos on one of six “Pet Night with the Easter Bunny” events to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14 and 15; March 28 and 29; and April 11 and 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local organizations helping animals. Only dogs and cats are permitted, and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

The annual March of Dimes Bucket Brigade will return once again with teams onsite at La Palmera Saturday, March 11, 18 and 25. All donations will benefit programs and research addressing every aspect of the fight to end premature birth, as well as birth defects and other critical health issues that threaten babies.

For information on the many programs and events at La Palmera, go to www.lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.