Shop ‘til you drop
New Tanger Outlet adds to the Triangle shopping experience
by Danielle Jackson
While it’s situated just west of the Triangle, the new Tanger Outlet Center in Mebane already is creating buzz among residents eager to expand their shopping horizons.
The outlet center’s highly anticipated Nov. 5 opening certainly drew a crowd, with guests filling the fully occupied, 80-store center.
Shops include a mix of high-end and contemporary fashion retailers, as well as locally owned businesses. Popular shops include Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store and a 30,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
“While we don’t have an anchor, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is the closest thing to having one,” says Kathy Hackshaw, general manager of the North Carolina Piedmont Tanger Outlet Center, its official name.
There’s also a healthy mix of children’s shops, cosmetics suppliers, home goods retailers and shoe stores, as well as Tanger’s second QVC location.
Locally based retailers include Mebane-based furniture maker Craftique and Iron Gate Winery, which will have a shop open for the holidays, as well as Hanesbrands of Winston-Salem.
“It’s so good to see local companies come in,” Hackshaw says.
The Tanger Outlet Center’s location between the Triangle and Triad was no accident. Stanley Tanger, the Greensboro-based company’s founder, had been looking for property along the Interstate 40/85 corridor for quite some time. He finally was able to capitalize on the space, the site of an old golf course.
“This is one of the few places in the country where north, south, east and west interstates intersect,” Hackshaw says.
“It’s always been about choosing a location like this that also was halfway between the Triangle and Triad.”
The center’s expected economic impact is pretty significant as well. It’s estimated to bring in $7 million in annual sales tax and $200,000 in annual property tax to Alamance County alone.
“Plus, construction was completed by local vendors, and the 800 employees we have are coming from within a 60-mile radius,” Hackshaw notes. “The money these people are earning goes right back into the community.”
Danielle Jackson is editor of Wake Living, Fifteen501 and Triad Living magazines.
If you go
The North Carolina Piedmont Tanger Outlet Center, located at 4000 Arrowhead Blvd. in Mebane, is easily accessible from exit 154 off of Interstate 40-85. Exit ramps and area streets were expanded before the center’s Nov. 5 opening to accommodate the expected increase in traffic.
To learn more, call (919) 304-1520 or visit www.tangeroutlet.com/mebane.