At 6’9 Earvin “Magic” Johnson is use to being the center of attention. However, during a recent visit to Houston Johnson focused on business development and not basketball strategy.
Johnson attended the reopening of the newly revitalized Marq-E Center in West Houston. The former NBA legend, and his business partner have heavily invested in the future of the mix-use entertainment property, which includes a cinema, several restaurants , a Houston police department storefront and nightclubs.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Councilmember Brenda Stardig and business leaders welcomed Magic to town on Tuesday. He greeted everyone with his signature radiant smile and warm personality. He was kind enough to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
The Marq-E isn’t the only project getting an upgrade thanks to a financial committment from the partnership, Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds. The group also purchased the Hotel Icon, which was in foreclosure. Investors plan to overhaul the lobby and guest rooms to make the hotel more enticing for both tourists and Houstonians.