Woodstock’s new Outlet Shoppes adding 38 stores
by Michelle Babcock
May 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 37948 views | 5 5 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The addition of 38 stores was announced for The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta this week, with the outlet mall set to open July 18 in Woodstock.

The latest additions make a total of 89 shops slated for the mall that is expected to generate $130 million in annual sales.

On Thursday, Horizon Group Properties Inc. and CBL & Associates Properties Inc. announced the addition of Adidas, American Eagle, Chico’s, Coach, Crocs, Fossil, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Johnston & Murphy, Jones New York, Juicy Couture, Kasper, Kate Spade, Lane Bryant, Lenscrafters, Lids, Little Tokyo, Papaya, Sketchers, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion, Yankee Candle and more.

Executive Vice President for Development at CBL Michael Lebovits said in a press release that “The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta continues to attract the highest caliber retail names.”

“With the center opening on July 18 at more than 95 percent leased, we are looking forward to building on the momentum of a tremendous opening,” Lebovits said.

A public ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place July 18 at 10 a.m. Construction began in May 2012, and the outlets will be completed almost a month ahead of the originally scheduled date.

A spokesperson for the outlets said most of the stores will be open for the ribbon-cutting.

Horizon spokeswoman Gina Slechta said more than 1,000 people attended the second job fair for the outlets Thursday in Canton, and 40 stores were represented.

Slechta said many attendees were hired on the spot and that representatives from the stores said the quality of the applicants was excellent.

The first phase of the outlet center will have 370,000 square feet of leasable area and the opportunity to expand with another 30,000 square feet.

The center will have covered walkways and landscaped courtyards, and is located off Interstate 575 at Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. The outlets are projected to generate $3 million of annual sales taxes for the city of Woodstock.

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Donna Justice
June 30, 2013
Fossil, Inc. is currently seeking authentic and passionate Sales Associates with an entrepreneurial sales driven spirit for our Woodstock location. Candidates' primary focus is promoting our brand while offering exceptional customer service. They should inspire and encourage teamwork towards successfully achieving sales goals...most importantly, creating a fun and energized environment!

We are conducting a job fair on Tuesday July 2nd from 10am-6pm at the Hampton Inn in Canton (Hwy 575, exit 20). Tell a friend!
Realistic View
May 28, 2013
Average wage? The very best case scenario I see is minimum wage for the vast majority of the workers. Plus the majority of the work force will be part time positions with no benefits within a short period. Not many well paying positions are being created but that is the way the retail industry has worked for some time now.

It will be interesting to see how well this location fares when the incentives that were offered to help create it start to expire. I have two major concerns.

First, an "Outlet Mall" on a spur interstate highway is not the business model I'd invest in if given a choice. While I-575 is an "Interstate" by definition it does not have the traffic a major "Interstate" such as I-75. Coming from the South I have to drive past at least one "real mall" to get to the "Outlet Mall". And with GA DOT determined to give us HOT Lanes on I-575 it will also be a lousy drive when construction starts and goes on for an estimated five years.

Second, the ongoing decline of the "Outlet Malls", Malls and "brick and motor" retail stores in general due to competition from web based stores doesn't bode well for this venture in the mid term, five to ten years, much less the long term.

I hope the Woodstock City Council has the good sense not to spend the projected "$3 million of annual sales taxes" before it is in the bank. Unfortunately based on my observations over the last twenty years as a Cherokee County resident I highly doubt they will exercise any fiscal restraint.

July 17, 2013
You really like "quotes", don't you?
Holy Moly
May 26, 2013
It is great to see more stores and jobs added to this venture. I do wonder however what the average wage of these jobs will be.
May 28, 2013
I'm sure that the employers will comply with all applicable regulations and pay their employees wages commensurate with their experience and value to the store. Entry level retail is no way to get rich, but it can be a good job with plenty of opportunity for advancement.
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