Malls open slowly, cautiously

Rose Rich sipped a cool drink as she shared a bench out of the sun at The Shops at Wiregrass. Her 19-year-old grandson, Chandler Estes, and Estes’ girlfriend, 18-year-old Jayda Warchesik, were on a visit from Texas. “We’re out for an adventure,” Rich said. Estes and Warchesik hoped to find bathing suits for a trip to the beach, but were out of luck. They found few shops open. The … [Read more...]

More shops coming to Cypress Creek and Tampa Premium Outlets

New retail is on the way to Cypress Creek Town Center, located west of the Interstate 75 interchange, on the north side of State Road 56. Across the road, Tampa Premium Outlets will add a new big box store – the At Home Décor Superstore. Construction on the infrastructure for the new shops is in early stages. Berry Construction has obtained permits for Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat … [Read more...]

Cash registers jingle at Tampa Premium Outlets

Shopping madness begins at Tampa Premium Outlets in a shop ‘til you drop holiday extravaganza. The outlet mall, which is experiencing its first holiday season, will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., and will continuously operate through Black Friday, until 10 p.m. Mall hours the rest of the weekend will be from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., on Nov. 28 and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., on Nov. 29. While … [Read more...]

Opening day a hit

Shoppers flock to Tampa Premium Outlets Margie Hamman was one of the earliest birds to land at the Tampa Premium Outlets. Almost too early. Her 5:30 a.m. arrival at the fog-shrouded parking lot, off State Road 56, surprised one parking lot attendant who said she should come back later. As she began driving off, a man “in a suit and tie” flagged her down and ushered her back to the … [Read more...]

Ready. Set. Go – Tampa Premium Outlets!

Shopping season is set to open at Tampa Premium Outlets — no license is required. The highly anticipated outdoor mall – in the bull’s eye of Pasco County development – will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 29 at 9:40 a.m. Shop doors open at 10 a.m. Shelves will be stocked with upscale brand names at more than 100 shops, including Saks Off 5th, Calvin Klein, Nike, Coach and … [Read more...]

Mall leader enjoys building relationships

Relationships are what Stacey Nance cares about the most. It explains why she grew up and then settled on a career in her native Indiana. And it is also why, after nearly two decades with Simon Property Group, she is taking the next big step in her life and her career. Nance took the reins as general manager of Tampa Premium Outlets in May. The regional outlet mall is the first … [Read more...]

Tampa Premium Outlets to have ‘Key West’ vibe

Tampa Premium Outlets will have water, water, everywhere. The mega-outlet mall will have a center court lagoon, five fountains, and buildings and interiors painted in soft pastels, to give shoppers a “Key West” experience. Special events and celebrities will punctuate an opening weekend slated for Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. General Manager Stacey Nance gave guests at the Greater Wesley … [Read more...]

Eatery trio in the serving line at Tampa Premium Outlets’ food court

A trio of food court restaurants at the Tampa Premium Outlets is slated for completion by Oct. 5, about three weeks before the mall’s opening day. Green Leafs, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, and South Philly Steaks & Fries are a package deal for Eclipse Building Corp. The South Florida-based company, with additional locations in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, is a frequent contractor at … [Read more...]

Coming soon: outlet mall’s job fair

In a sign that Tampa Premium Outlets is gearing up for its October opening, planning is under way for a job fair to fill approximately 800 positions. The hiring event is scheduled for Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Embassy Suites, at 3705 Spectrum Blvd., in Tampa. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Career Central at Pasco-Hernando State College are event … [Read more...]

Details emerging for Tampa Premium Outlets

Pasco County is awash in building permit applications for Tampa Premium Outlets, a project under construction off State Road 56 at the Interstate 75 exchange. The anchor store, Saks Off 5th, is eyeing more than 27,000 square feet for its merchandise, according to county records. Others that have filed initial applications include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, … [Read more...]