In time for holiday shopping and a little over a year since the mall opened, The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City is expanding with six new stores.
Most of the retailers, which include Coach Men's Factory, Columbia Sportswear Co., Kenneth Cole and Lucky Brand Outlet, open to the public Friday. Loft Outlet, a women's retailer under the umbrella of Ann Inc., opened Wednesday.
The Waterford crystal outlet store is expected to open next week because shipment of the store's inventory was delayed after Hurricane Sandy, said Janet Drift, a spokeswoman for Waterford.
Waterford's New Jersey office lost power for several days and once electricity was restored, the shipment couldn't be picked up due to a fuel shortage. Drift said the truck has arrived in Oklahoma and the store likely will open Wednesday.
Crews broke ground on the 27,800-square-foot addition on the southwest end of the mall this summer.
“Retailer and shopper demand enabled this expansion to be completed only 15 months after the initial opening of the center. It is a testament to the many valued customers in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas that have made this center such a huge success,” said Gary Skoien, chief executive officer of Horizon Group Properties, which owns the mall with CBL & Associates. “We have the capacity to further expand the center by an additional 31,700 square feet and we expect to continue to add to the roster of top-shelf stores at the center.”
Nearly all of the retailers will be new to the Oklahoma City market.
Some stores will have discounts for the opening weekend.
At Columbia Sportswear, shoppers can receive a 15 percent discount on their entire purchase noon Friday through Sunday, plus receive a free reusable Columbia tote bag with each purchase. The 8,500-square-foot store will carry men's, women's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories for the outdoors.
“I am very excited to be opening in Oklahoma City,” said Kerry Barnes, vice president of retail for Columbia Sportswear. “As an alum of Oklahoma Christian University and a member of its Board of Trustees, I know the importance of being part of that community and what Columbia will bring to Oklahoma City.”
100 percent leased
The 348,600-square-foot outlet mall is 100 percent leased with more than 90 retailers, including restaurants. Popular retailers include Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Coach and Nike. The site has attracted additional new retail, with a Mathis Brothers Sleep Studio expected to open Saturday just west of the mall and a BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse planned for a site just southeast of the mall; BJ's is expected to break ground this fall and open in the summer.
The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City has exceeded its sales expectations since opening last summer. From August 2011 to May 2012, outlet mall sales were more than $112.6 million, according to city records.
This is also the first time the project developer has expanded a property so quickly, said Jessica Herrera, manager for retail development and recruitment for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
“It's been truly phenomenal what we've seen there,” she said.
If you go
Fashion with Passion
Fashion with Passion, a charity event benefiting the Junior League of Oklahoma City, will be held Thursday evening at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City for the grand opening of the mall's newest addition.
The event will be 6 to 9 p.m. Shoppers will be asked for a $10 donation and in exchange, they will receive a coupon book with $200 in savings. Tickets are available by calling 787-3700.
New retailers opening this week