A Hidden Gem
Up until a month or so ago, I had not been to The Shops at Willow Bend mall in Plano. Judging by the number of shoppers in this mall, apparently I’m not the only one.
It was almost eerie at how few people there were roaming this place on a Saturday afternoon. The busiest store, by far, was the Apple Store, and even that one was semi-maneuverable. Even though Lord and Taylor will soon be closing, there’s still a Foley’s, Neiman’s, Saks and Dillard’s to round out the big department stores. The specialty shops lean more to women’s clothing, so if that’s your thing, you’d feel right at home.
On the down side, the food court is nothing to write home about. Todai Seafood Buffet is there, and looked to be the best place to try out for me next time. The rest is standard mall fare: Sbarro’s, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, a cheesesteak place, plus a Mexican grill and a few others, along with a Cinnabon (mmmm).
I’m just curious, though. Is this mall going to survive? Is it popular during the holidays? It’s been open for over three years now, and judging from what I’ve seen on two trips there, it can’t last for long at this rate.
I guess we better enjoy the hassle-free shopping while we can, huh? Check them out and post your thoughts in the comments. The mall is located on Park just west of the tollway in Plano.