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Woodstock Outlet Mall Could Open Sooner

The expected completion date for the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta has been moved up to July 18, 2013.

The opening date of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta appears to be closer than anticipated.

Horizon Group Properties announced on Friday the grand opening date for the outlet mall in Woodstock will be July 18, 2013, a few weeks ahead of the August 2013 scheduled opening.

The 370,000 square-foot phase will be stocked with some of the widely known brands and designer outlets such as Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Nike, Under Armour, Michael Kors and Talbots.  

Thirty new stores that have recently announced their intentions of joining the rundown of stores 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.

"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," Horizon President & CEO Gary J. Skoien said. "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 & administration for CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. added the "sustained" demand they have received from retailers who wish to sign onto the project "demonstrates the tremendous strength of the project." 

The outlet mall is a joint venture of CBL and Horizon. Both companies are developing the project, but Horizon is in charge of leasing and managing the center. 

The Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta is located along Ridgewalk Parkway just west of the new Interstate 575 Exit 9 interchange. The outlet mall is expected to attract over four million shoppers each year from Georgia and its border states, according to Horizon and CBL.  

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 notes the outlet mall is expected to generate more than $130 million in sales annually and $3 million in sales and property taxes for the city and the county.

Additionally, the development and operation of the site is expected to bring a total of $34 million in taxes to benefit the city, county and the Cherokee County School District over the course of 10 years.

Steven Hancock December 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
4 million visitors per day sounds like that should be "per year"
Kristal Dixon (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I meant to put this question at the end of the story, but I forgot: Do you all think the opening of this new outlet mall would hurt the North Georgia Premium Outlets and others in northern Georgia? Would it also impact traffic at Town Center, Cumberland and Perimeter Malls?
Frank Jones December 21, 2012 at 08:08 PM
4 million shoppers per day? Georgia has roughly 9.2 million people and it's interesting to think that almost 1/2 of the state will shop there daily! Gov. Deal...I think were need about 10 more optional/reversable toll lanes on I-75 & I-575.
Kristal Dixon (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Typo in the article, Frank. It's 4 million shoppers per year. Ridgewalk Parkway and the interstates would literally be at a standstill if that were the case...
JR Francis December 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I'm still irritated the city didn't insist the shops be given a local name., Why not Outlet Shops at Woodstock or at Cherokee? Or Ridgewalk? They aren't even CLOSE to Atlanta
Corey DalCerro December 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Any word on expanding the roads around the outlet area?
MICHELE PIERCE(POSTED PROUDLY) December 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Again the Patch gets it wrong, I am going to unsubscribe to the Patch'semail blasts.
Cheryl Yvonne December 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The article actually said 4 million people a YEAR not a day..... "The outlet mall is expected to attract over four million shoppers each year from Georgia and its border states, according to Horizon and CBL."
Jen Falco January 15, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Does anyone know when the hiring process will begin?
Julie Bell February 04, 2013 at 11:02 PM
When will they be hiring?
Kristal Dixon (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I have that question out to their marketing representative and I am waiting for a response. Thanks!
Kristal Dixon (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I have that question out to their marketing representative and I am waiting for a response. Thanks!
beverly February 08, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Would like to know who to contact about employment at the outlet.
Margie February 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I can't wait for the outlet to open! I will have Cole Haan store within 15 min of my house!!
C. Bresnan February 18, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Imagine how bad the traffic is going to start getting on I-575! I live off exit 8 in Towne Lake. I am so scared of what the next Christmas shopping season is going to bring to our neck of the woods! UGH!
james baucom February 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM
itll be popular the first 4 or 5 years then its gonna end up like the one in dalton ga stores are gonna close and people are gonna forget about it but traffics a differnt story its gonna have 575 shut down the first few weeks
Angela Judkins February 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM
There's not going to be a COACH at this new outlet? I was hoping to not have to drive an hour to the closest COACH outlet anymore when this one opened, I live in Acworth...
Nicci Masz March 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Does anyone know when the stores are going to start to hire ? My son is looking for his 1st summer job.
Terrance Haggard March 26, 2013 at 05:28 PM
We are hiring right now where I work
Terrance Haggard March 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Looking for a career? Please give me a call 678 464 7208
Sharon Eng April 03, 2013 at 01:14 PM
I doubt if it will have much of an impact on the North Georgia Premium Outlets. I'm sure the Market Place of Canton had an impact on Town Center, and the new outlet mall will probably have some more impact.
Sharon Eng April 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Kristal, have you heard whether Chicos and Coldwater Creek are coming to the new mall. Is there a complete list of stores available?
Christine April 13, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Do you think coach will eventually join!
amber elias April 23, 2013 at 02:53 PM
There is a coach store at town center mall...way less than an hour to get there...
Caroline May 29, 2013 at 02:53 AM
The Coach store at Town Center is fabulous! Come check us out before you make the drive to the outlet!
Tina Howell June 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
The outlet mall is expected to attract over four million shoppers each year from Georgia and its border states, according to Horizon and CBL.
Tina Howell June 04, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Towne Lake Parkway already backs up at 575.
chichi June 07, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Looking for employment what is the contact. Thank you
Jami Calouro June 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I drove by there today... 3 weeks away from opening?.. Seems risky! Does anyone know any more about the hiring process?Has it started? Are they hiring from outside or internal candidates only? I live off of Exit 14... right now I drive all the way to Sandy Springs, I would love a chance to interview with a few of these shoppes! If anyone knows, please, PLEASE e-mail me @ JCalToo819@gmail.com Thank you!

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