Zadok Jewelers has big plans for Post Oak Boulevard. The local family-owned jewelry institution already calls 1749 home, but now—more than 40 years after Helene and Dror Zadok opened up shop—the landmark business is evolving.
This week, Zadok announced its plans to transform a 1.65-acre slice of the storied street with a new mixed-use development of major proportions—a five-story, 112,000-square-foot destination with retail, office, and restaurant space anchored by a shiny new home for Zadok that, at 26,000 square feet, is double the size of the current store.
It's all going down at 1801 Post Oak, the site of famed developer and Galleria mastermind Gerald Hines's former Post Oak Row strip center—prime real estate the Zadoks quietly purchased from Hines himself back in 2011 in hopes of refashioning the parcel into a legacy property for both the district and their three sons, all G.I.A. Graduate Gemologists involved in the family business.
Texas-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture will lead the project's ambitious design, which includes a grand, 26-foot-high drive-through arcade flanked by the bi-level Zadok showroom and space for two adjoining double-height restaurants. Site plans also feature retail entrances, valet, a concierge lobby, three floors of boutique office space, and hidden, multi-level parking within the facade. Ground-level storefronts will employ staggered entry points and varied building materials for texture and visual appeal. So far, that means native Texas-cut stone for Zadok, multicolored brick for restaurants, and a glass curtain wall for the upper office levels.
Hsu's design embraces recent improvements made to Post Oak, like new 15-foot setbacks, and prioritizes pedestrian connectivity as well as sustainability—the project is shooting for LEED Silver certification. Overall, partner Jay Colombo says, the project will capture the "timelessness" of the Zadok brand.
"Our goal has been to elevate a traditional retail experience by creating an inviting and welcoming arrival—either by car or on foot—that promotes positive energy," Colombo said in a press release.
Site work is underway now with groundbreaking expected to begin in August and turnover to tenants for buildout in late 2020.
Whatever goes in will have the Zadok stamp of approval: The family business is retaining full ownership and creative control, ultimately foregoing "numerous partnership opportunities ranging from luxury hotels to office towers" considered since the 2011 property acquisition, Dror Zadok said.
"We believe the scale and quality are very much in keeping with this stretch of Post Oak Blvd and truly complement the world-class neighborhood that Uptown Houston has become," he added.