Friday, December 06, 2013 3:20 AM
Photo by Michael Yourishin. Officials break ground on the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor in November. The outlet mall is slated to open Nov. 22.
Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By Tracey Gold Bennett
A new luxury outlet mall development in Fort Washington means more jobs for residents.
Tanger Outlets, a 350,000-square-foot upscale retail center is hosting a job fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, located at 7007 Bock Road. The outlet center opens at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 and is expected to bring 900 jobs.
“The grand opening of the Tanger Outlets coming in November symbolizes a new era of retail options in Prince George’s County,” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said. “The Tanger Outlets will bring a cadre of top-notch retailers to Prince George’s County as well as more jobs and opportunities for our residents. The combination of jobs and commercial revenue will be a win-win for everyone in the County, State and region.”
Now, county residents who trekked to upscale malls like The Galleria at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Va., The Fashion Center at Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.; or Montgomery Mall in Bethesda will soon have other options right in Prince George’s County.
Some familiar store brands that are headed to the outlet include: Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Chico’s Outlet, Gap, Izod, American Eagle Outfitters, Le Creuset, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, H&M, White House Black Market, Columbia, Calvin Klein, Movado, Nike, Papaya and Coach.
“Tanger Outlet center will offer the nation’s capital and its 40 million annual visitors the best in outlet shopping, including some 80 name-brand outlet stores at opening,” said Christi M. Wallace, general manager of Tanger Outlets at National Harbor. “Tanger Outlets believes in the future of Prince George’s County, and the development at National Harbor represents an over $100 million capital investment by Tanger.”
Following the grand opening, Tanger Outlets is expected to generate more than $6.5 million in sales tax for the local economy.
“Here, you will find on trend, in-season, value-priced merchandise direct from the manufacturer at savings of 30 to 70 percent off retail,” Wallace said. “In addition, the modern design will feature a pedestrian-friendly layout that will function as an open-air mall with both covered and uncovered landscaped courtyards and a park-like settings throughout the complex.”
The final planning stages are underway for a Tanger Outlets grand opening celebration for local residents — just in time for holiday shopping.