Sunday, June 8, 2014

Gloucester Township Premium Outlets to break ground this summer

By Michelle Caffrey / South Jersey Times  June 02, 2014 at 6:08 AM, updated June 02, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The premium outlets set to open in Gloucester Township are one step closer to becoming a reality, as township Mayor David Mayer said developers were expected to formally settle on the property late last week or early this week.

 “They’re ready to go,” said Mayer. He said developers expect to finish the project a year from the start of construction, and a projected opening date is summer of 2015.

 The outlets — a joint venture of PREIT- Rubin, Inc. and Simon Property Group — are planned for a 65.06-acre site between the Black Horse Pike and Route 42 near Cooper and Zimmerman that’s currently being used as farmland.

 The outlets gained final local approvals last summer, and according to the site plan, stores could include upscale, designer fashion, sportswear, shoes, fine leather, luggage, jewelry, housewares and home furnishing, specialty items and food merchants. Four food kiosks are also planned for the site, which will evoke a green “town center” in the heart of it.

 The retail outlets would be positioned west of Cooper Road and include 415,000-square-feet of space. Five commercial buildings encompassing 35,000 square feet will also be built up east of Cooper Road. 

The area was declared a redevelopment zone in 2008 and was later amended in 2011, according to site plan paperwork. The land is owned by Cooper Health System’s subsidiary Gloucester 42 Associates, LLC.

 The site plan estimates the project will create as many as 250 temporary construction jobs and 800 full- and part-time permanent jobs.

 Mayer said he anticipates a formal groundbreaking ceremony in about a month or so.

 “It’s getting closer definitely,” said Mayer. “It’s successfully moving forward.”

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