• The Grand Parkway Marketplace, located at Spring Stuebner and the Grand Parkway, continues to open new retail stores and restaurants, expanding retail options for thousands of area residents. Photo: Tony Gaines, Photographer

Holiday shopping may be easier this year or at least closer to home for many residents in northwest Houston.

The region’s population boom has driven developers to build several new shopping centers.

The 488,000-square-feet Grand Parkway Marketplace I, located at Spring Stuebner and the Grand Parkway, continues to open new retail stores and restaurants, expanding retail options for thousands of area residents.

The center’s anchor store, Target, opened in March, and its anchor stores are now open, including Michaels, Petsmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross, DSW, TJ Maxx, Party City and Ulta Cosmetics.

Other retailers include Bath & Body Works, Chipotle, AT&T, Salata, Great American Cookie and Marble Slab Creamery, 5 Guys, Vitamin Shoppe, Potbelly, T-Mobile, Nails of America, Famous Footwear, OshKosh B’Gosh, Five Below, Orangetheory Fitness and Blaze Pizza.

Grand Parkway Marketplace serves a growing area with an estimated 170,000 people living within a five-mile radius, and an annual household income of $110,000.

Due to the demand, Kimco Realty is also developing Grand Parkway Marketplace II across the street from Grand Parkway Marketplace I, according to Rob Nadler, developer with Kimco Realty. Grand Parkway Marketplace II is 275,000-square-feet.

Hobby Lobby was the first store to open there, when it opened in August….