But the ill will seemed to evaporate after the Americana opened and the Galleria’s customer count rose.
“There is no rivalry,” LaFevre said. “We’re trying to foster a good relationship.”
Shoppers at each mall praised that relationship Wednesday, many saying the outlets should work together to increase their collective bottom line.
“I think it’s a good decision,” said Rudi Beuermann, 69, at the Americana. “They should be getting results by cooperation.”
Others, however, said the informal pact will not likely have an impact on their shopping plans this holiday season.
“It’s good they can work together, but for me, the Americana won’t be taking business from the Galleria,” said Amy Marcarian, 33, inside the Galleria.