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The Arboretum Shops Amid Trees 2020
Many large trees shade the shops around The Arboretum.

The Arboretum is an upmarket retail trade area in the northwest portion of Austin, Texas, centered roughly on the convergence of U.S. Route 183 (which, as it travels through Austin, is a freeway known as Research Boulevard), Capital of Texas Highway and Mopac Expressway.

Arboretum cow
One of the cow statues in the Arboretum

Arboretum at Great Hills

The 210,197-square-foot (19,527.9 m2) Arboretum at Great Hills was developed by Trammell Crow Company, opened in 1985 and is managed by Simon Malls. It is the heavily wooded park-like atmosphere that gives the mall its arboreal name.

The Arboretum's first anchor tenant, which opened on Sept 10, 1986, was a 492-room hotel with 65,000 sqft of meeting space now known as the Renaissance Austin.

The open-air mall features a fountain garden, several open park spaces, a large playground, and a Renaissance Hotel, among other commercial establishments. The park spaces contain a set of five cow statues by sculptor Harold F. Clayton. It also formerly featured a movie theater - Arbor 7 Cinema - that participated in the South by Southwest film festival [1]. The theater moved locations in 2002 and was replaced with The Cheesecake Factory [2].

Arboretum Market

The 105,190-square-foot (9,772 m2) Arboretum Market opened across the street in 1987 and featured upmarket retailers such as the city's only Saks Fifth Avenue (now Trader Joe's) along with smaller specialty shops. The Saks space was previously a Simon David specialty grocer, which closed in December 1996 and was subsequently converted into Saks. As of June 20, 2014 the former Saks store was converted to Trader Joe's.

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