The Shops at La Cantera is an upscale open-air regional shopping mall located in far northwest San Antonio, Texas, USA, near the Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 interchange.
The initial phase of the project opened on September 16, 2005. The 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) Center sits on a 150-acre (0.61 km2) site in La Cantera, a 1,700-acre (6.9 km2) master-planned resort community being developed by USAA Real Estate Company. (La Cantera is also home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Westin La Cantera Resort and Spa and two World-class golf courses, The Palmer Course at La Cantera and The Westin Resort Course, which was home to the PGA Valero Texas Open.)
The concept for the center was originally developed and conceived by The Rouse Company under a joint venture with USAA Real Estate Company. (The Rouse Company also developed San Antonio's North Star Mall.) General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company in November 2004.
The shopping center was designed by the award-winning, local architectural firm Alamo Architects. The shopping center is designed as a single-level, garden-like "retail village" with varied storefronts, shared arcades, and subtle water features. The overall architectural style of the center has a Texas Hill Country vernacular style.
The Shops at La Cantera includes the first Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom in San Antonio and new stores from Dillard's and Foley's (now Macy's). There are also more than 150 other shops and restaurants, including newcomers to the market such as Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Betsey Johnson, Brooks Brothers, BCBG Max Azria, Apple, Lacoste, Tumi and Ralph Lauren.
The second phase of the mall was opened in October 2008 and had 300,000 new square feet of retail space and contained an additional 40 stores (about 30 of which are new to the market), restaurants, a large bookstore, and Class A office space.Like the original mall, the second phase was designed by Alamo Architects.