The MarqE is planned to be redeveloped. 

Beginning in May, the MarqE redevelopment on Interstate 10 will proceed in various phases through 2022 with the goal of better using its outdoor space, according to Lisa Brown with Connect Texas.

“MarqE has long served as a dynamic destination for family-friendly shopping and dining available in our city,” said Justin Levine, vice president at real estate development company Levcor. “Modernizing the functionality of MarqE will create a better-connected environment for our guests and retail partners, while updating the aesthetics will create a fresh and inviting center for locals and visitors alike.”

The addition of shaded structures will bridge buildings, and existing storefronts will be updated. There will also be new outdoor art and play structures incorporated throughout the redevelopment. WiFi will be added to outdoor conversation areas.

In addition to the planting of canopied trees and flower beds, a new two-level building with almost 49,000 additional square feet of retail/restaurant/entertainment space will also be built to house additional retailers.

Chloe Dao to open mini studio in M-K-T mixed-use project

Multiple news outlets reported last month that fashion designer and "Project Runway" Season 2 winner Chloe Dao will open a mini design studio in the M-K-T mixed-use redevelopment at 600 N. Shepherd Dr.

Dao, a Houston native, also owns the Chloe Dao Boutique in Rice Village.

According to the M-K-T website, the studio will feature a curated selection of cocktail and evening wear and will showcase the design process from idea to mood board to sketches to the final product.

Dao’s Safely Sip masks — a style of facemask for drinking on the go — will also be available for purchase.

McAlister’s Deli opens in Block 14

McAlister’s Deli, which started in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi, has opened a second in-town Houston location in Garden Oaks. 

The 3,100-square foot restaurant with a drive-thru pickup window for preorders is the first business to debut in Block 14 at Garden Oaks, a new center at 3201 N. Shepherd Dr. developed by Houston-based Gulf Coast Commercial Group, Inc.

According to Gulf Coast President Tom Lile, “We’re thrilled to unveil Block 14 at Garden Oaks in tandem with the launch of McAlister’s Deli, a brand we feel will resonate well in the Heights area – and that reinforces this center as a hub for daily convenience needs in this sought-after neighborhood.”

Leadership change at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

The Houston Chronicle reported that Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, with a Central Houston office at 1717 W. Loop S., has named Robin Conner as president. Outgoing President Marilyn Thompson is retiring after 30 years with the company.

Conner, who started at Martha Turner in 2004 as a sales associate, will supervise 300 independent sales agents from Sotheby’s six offices. She was formerly a senior vice president, heading up the sales team, marketing and branding.

“Robin Conner was a natural choice to assume the role of president and will be an invaluable asset to the company,” Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Philip A. White said in a news release. “Robin is known for her integrity, and sales associates can rely on her unerring judgment, guidance and optimism. Marilyn Thompson has put a strong team in place, and I’d like to thank her for her unwavering leadership and invaluable contributions.”

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