The grand opening for the 370,000-square-foot initial phase of the outlet mall is now slated for July 18, 2013, weeks ahead of its original August opening, according to Horizon Group Properties.
Previously announced brands included Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Brooks Brothers Cole Haan, Under Armour, Michael Kors and Talbots.
The newly announced additions include: Aéropostale, Asics, Berry & Berry Yogurt, Bose, Charley’s Steakery, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s, Columbia Sportswear, Dress Barn, Fox, Gold Toe, Gymboree, Haggar, Jos. A. Bank, Journeys, Kay Jewelers, Kitchen Collection, Love Culture, Lucky Brand, Maidenform, Motherhood Maternity, OshKosh B’Gosh, P.S. From Aéropostale, Sbarro, Sunglass Hut, Taqueria Tsunami, Ultra Diamonds, Waterford Wedgwood, Wilsons Leather and Zumiez.
Horizon officials project the outlet shops to generate more than $130 million in annual sales and $3 million in sales and property taxes for the city of Woodstock.
The development and operation of the center is additionally expected to provide $34 million in taxes to benefit the city, Cherokee County and the school system over the next 10 years
“Strong tenant demand, ongoing support from the city of Woodstock officials and the speed of the construction permit the accelerated opening date of the center,” said Gary J. Skoien, Horizon’s president and CEO in a release. “The development and operation of the center will generate both substantial economic activity in and tax revenue for the City of Woodstock and Cherokee County. We appreciate the efforts of the city and county officials who helped make this development a reality,” Michael Lebovitz, executive vice president of development and administration for CBL & Associates Properties Inc., said sustained demand from retailers interested in having a storefront in the outlet mall demonstrates the tremendous strength of the project.
“The outstanding retail names we have already signed up will deliver a shopping experience that everyone in the family can enjoy,” Lebovitz said. “We are looking forward to the early opening next July.”
Located off of the newly Popened Ridgewalk Parkway off Interstate 575, the outlet center has more than 112,000 cars pass the site daily, Horizon officials said, adding they anticipate a draw of over 4 million visitors annually.
The shopping center will feature covered walkways, landscaped courtyards and a children’s play area. The site can accommodate an additional 30,000 square feet of shops and includes seven out-lots for restaurants, service business and other retail uses.
The project is a joint venture of CBL and Horizon. While both are developing the outlet center, Horizon is responsible for leasing and management.