|A view of the Ann Taylor Factory Store at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. Credit: Kristal Dixon|
The much-anticipated Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock will officially open to the public on Thursday.
A ribbon cutting for the development is set for 10 a.m. July 18. The outlet mall is located along Ridgewalk Parkway just east of Interstate 575, directly off the new Exit 9 interchange.
Residents also have a chance to get a sneak peek at the new 370,000-square-foot facility Wednesday evening.
In a partnership with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, tickets are on sale to allow residents to shop at the outlet mall between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Tickets for the Red Carpet Preview are on sale for $10, with all proceeds going back into Elm Street. Tickets can still be purchased at the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean's Store in downtown Woodstock or on Elm Street Arts' website.
Over 500 tickets have been sold at the Visitors Center, said Kyle Bennett, assitant director of tourism and visitor center operations.
Gay Grooms, artistic director with Elm Street, said her organization has sold around 3,000 tickets for the VIP event, but the number changes each day.
"We're just tickled, please and honored they opted to work with us for this VIP event," she added, referring to Horizon.
The outlet mall is a joint venture of CBL & Associates Properties and Horizon Group Properties. Both companies are developing the project, but Horizon is in charge of leasing and managing the center.
The outlet mall will be stocked with some of the widely known brands and designer outlets such as Adidas, American Eagle, Auntie Anne’s, GH Bass & Co., Calphalon, Chao Praya, Chicken Now, Chico’s, Clarks, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Crocs, Fossil, Fragrance Outlet, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Hartstrings, Johnston & Murphy, Jones New York, Juicy Couture, Kasper, Kate Spade, Lane Bryant, Lenscrafters, Lids, Lids Locker Room, Little Tokyo, Loft Outlet, Luggage Factory, Naturalizer, Papaya, Skechers, Sunglass Warehouse, The Children’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion, Ultra Diamonds, Van Heusen and Yankee Candle.
The development will feature covered walkways, landscaped court yards and will blend traditional features with other features such as a children's play area.
A center court area will be complete with fountains and a fire place and the site overall will be able to accommodate an additional 30,000 square feet of outlet mall space.
It also has seven out parcel spaces designed for restaurants, service businesses and other retail uses.
Horizon and CBL predicts the outlet mall will generate more than $130 million in sales annually and $3 million in sales and property taxes for Woodstock and Cherokee County.