Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Countdown begins for Tanger Outlets

TEXAS CITY — In two weeks, the heavy equipment and construction crews will give way to Nike sneakers and Michael Kors dresses.

The countdown to the opening of the Tanger Outlets center in Texas City began in earnest Thursday as the Oct. 19 opening of the shopping center approaches.

During a Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Tanger Outlets manager Aimee Braswell talked about the construction progress and revealed the official tenant list. Braswell said 74 of the 80 retail spots in the 350,000-square-foot center have been leased.

Before the public opening of the center, an invitation-only sneak peek Night of Hope Pinkstyle Gala is scheduled for Oct. 18 to benefit UTMB Health’s breast cancer research, prevention and treatment programs.

That pink theme will continuing through the opening weekend with a series of planned breast cancer awareness programs. On the 19th, “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen will perform, and there will be a fireworks display during the center’s Pink Sounds and Lights event starting at 7 p.m.

Officials with Tanger, which partnered with Simon Premium Outlets on the Texas City complex, expect big things from this shopping center, Jim Roberts, the director of new business development, said.

Nationwide, Tanger Outlets centers draw about 175 million people annually, Roberts said, comparing his company’s foot traffic to the attendance at major sporting events.

By comparison, the 30 Major League Baseball clubs drew 74.86 million fans this season, while the NFL’s teams draw about 18 million fans each season and the NBA’s 30 teams draw about 17.1 million fans.

Part of that draw, Roberts notes, is that Tanger centers are either near destinations or on the way to popular destinations, often places that have beaches.

Texas City was picked because of its proximity to Galveston as a destination point, he said.

The bigger news coming from the meeting, however, was the list of confirmed stores.

While news of some stores has been made public — including articles in The Daily News — the first confirmed list was released by Braswell on Thursday.

It includes previously reported stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Famous Footwear, Old Navy and Michael Kors. There were also a handful of stores not previously listed, including Bass, Aeropostale, Chico’s and Kay Jewelers.

Once open, the outlet center’s hours will be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.


At a glance

WHAT: Tanger Outlets

WHERE: 5885 Gulf Freeway in Texas City; I-45, exit 17 at Holland Road

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

INFO: Call Tanger shopper services, 866-956-9233, or visit


Stores by category. Some stores repeat in different categories.


Bass, Claire’s, Coach Factory, Fossil, GUESS Factory Store, Kay Jewelers, LOFT Outlet, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, rue21, Sunglass Hut, Ultra Diamonds

Children’s Apparel

P.S. by Aeropostale, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Disney Store Outlet, Gap Factory Store, Gymboree Outlet, Hartstrings, J. Crew/crewcuts, Justice, Under Armour


Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Bass, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Chico’s Outlet, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, dressbarn, Gap Factory Store, GUESS Factory Store, Haggar Clothing Co., Hurley, Izod, J. Crew/crewcuts, Jones New York, Kasper, Kenneth Cole, Lane Bryant Outlet, Levi’s Outlet, LOFT Outlet, Michael Kors, New York & Company, New York, New York, Old Navy Outlet, Perry Ellis, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Reebok, rue21, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Uniform Outlet, U.S. Polo Assn., Van Heusen, White House/Black Market, Zumiez.


Aldo, Bass, Clarks Bostonian, Converse, Crocs, Famous Footwear, Finish Line, GUESS Factory Store, Journeys, Naturalizer, Nike Factory Store, Nine West, Puma, Reebok, Skechers, Sperry/Sacony, Under Armour, Vans


Direct Tools, Disney Store Outlet, Elizabeth Arden, Fragrance Outlet, Kay Jewelers, Kitchen Collection, Lids, Lindt Chocolate, Perfumania, Samsonite


Auntie Anne’s, Chicken Now, China Max, Great Wraps, Starbucks, Villa Fresh

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