In Katy, Texas, about 25 miles west of downtown Houston on I-10, sits a 1.3 million square foot collection of over 200 specialty stores in the form of Katy Mills Mall, one of the famed "Mills" outlet malls. With so many shops to choose from, such as the Kenneth Cole Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center, and Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, people filter in from miles around for savings. Katy Mills Mall caters to bargain shoppers' needs, providing services and amenities like a family restroom and nursing center for parents with small children, Karry Karts for those who decide to "save" on more items than they can carry, and complimentary wheelchair services for disabled shoppers (first come, first serve).
Katy Mills Mall also provides several programs to help improve the community. Their free Kids Club offers fun learning experiences for children, and the MATCH program provides help for people with little or no work experience and those who perhaps have difficulty getting to work due to disability or parenthood. This program provides training, transportation assistance, onsite childcare, and job opportunities. The mall is also active in the environment, supporting the Katy Prairie Conservancy (working to preserve and replace critical habitats) and active in Wetlands mitigation.
The mall is home to many favored eateries, such as Burger King, Carvel, and Starbucks (all providing counter service) and restaurants such as Johnny Rockets 50's style burger joint and the Rainforest Cafe, which is just as much an entertainment venue with its jungle replica for a setting as it is a cafe.
After a long day of shopping (mall hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm, with department store hours varying), step out of the mall directly into the movies – Katy Mills Mall houses the AMC 20 Theatres. This giant shopping center can't and shouldn't be missed, so leave the downtown traffic behind and make a short trip over to Katy Mills Mall.
Anchor Shops: Bass Pro Shop, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet