Haidar Barbouti: Real Estate Magnate

Haidar Barbouti has been an active real estate investor and developer since 1986. He has led projects around the world. His expertise centers around commercial properties that includes condominiums, shopping centers, office buildings, and more.

One of his most notable accomplishments is the development of a shopping center in Houston, Texas, called Highland Village. Barbouti transformed this shopping center to a bustling hub of businesses and storefronts that attracted major, national stores to the area. This gave a much needed boost to the Houston economy and gave the community a desirable area where people can shop and enjoy.

As a shopping center back in the 1940s, the Highland Village was just a place with a diner, a gas station, a drugstore, and a supermarket. The original owners sold the property in the 1960s, and for about 30 years, this area was under the management of various real estate developers. However, the revitalization really did not come along until Barbouti purchased it in 1991.

He transformed this lack-luster shopping area to one of the most desirable retail space locations in Houston. He attracted many high-end retailers. Starbucks chose this shopping center to house its first retail location in Houston. Other upper-crust retailers include Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie, and J. Crew. Apple opened its flagship store there as well. Analysts in the retail industry estimates that the 15-acre Highland Village is home to the top 10 percent of the most well-known upscale chains in retail.

In fact, popular Restoration Hardware opened their only two specialty stores in the U.S. that includes a conservatory and a rooftop garden. This location is the chain’s most profitable in the country. Many other high-end retailers also report that their Highland Village location is their star performer, bringing in the highest profits among all of their other locations.

Aside from his business enterprises, Haidar Barbouti also makes time for charitable work. He has made major donations to children and animal causes in the Houston communities. Right in Highland Village, he created an animal adoption center. He even made sure that a fitness center built in this shopping area was environmentally friendly.

Barbouti’s vision and focus enabled him to revitalize this part of Houston without compromising any of the historical flavor in the community. He looks for innovation. Instead of following what other developers may do, he creates his own path. That proved to be the foundation of his success.

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