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, Fossil, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Vera Bradley, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren and Papaya.
The food court will go eclectic.
GreenLeafs & Bananas, Asian Chao, Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Steaks & Fries have all signed on.
Official announcements of the store lineup are anticipated over the next weeks in phases, probably in batches of 10 or 15, said Les Morris, spokesman for the Simon Property Group.
“We’re excited,” he said. “I’m not aware of another market…where the interest has been so high for so long.”
A job fair is in the works, Morris said.
Mall construction has generated between 300 and 400 jobs. Retail shops are expected to more than double that, with an estimated 800-plus jobs for the community.
Typically, job fairs are six to eight weeks prior to the grand opening.
Since Tampa Premium Outlets opens on Oct. 29, Morris expects an announcement of the job fair’s date and location to be made around August.
“We want it to be accessible and well-known so people can get their jobs,” he said.
Shops at Tampa Premium Outlet, and food court fare, include:
American Eagle Outfitters
Christopher & Banks
G.H. Bass & Co.
GreenLeafs & Bananas
Janie & Jack
Lucky Brand Jeans
New York & Co.
Robert Wayne Shoes
Saks Off 5th
South Philly Steaks & Fries
Villa Italian Kitchen
Published July 8, 2015