Construction Of Foxwoods Outlet Mall Kicks Off Thursday

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The long-delayed construction of an 85-store outlet mall at Foxwoods Resort Casino will get underway Thursday, with a ceremonial groundbreaking and the unveiling of the stores that will occupy the shopping center.

The $120 million mall, named Tanger Outlets Foxwoods, is being developed by Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger and Gordon Group Holdings of Greenwich and will encompass 312,000 square feet.

The outlet mall, first announced in early 2012, is to be built between the Grand Pequot Tower and the newer MGM Grand at Foxwoods and focus on luxury brands. The land is being leased from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods.

Tanger has declined to release what retailers will lease space until Thursday’s event, which begins at 10 a.m.

Construction was first scheduled to begin in spring of 2012, but there were reports of delays in reaching leases with tenants. The project kept getting pushed back, though Tanger kept telling its investors that construction would start by the end of 2012.

The plans seek to capitalize on an emerging trend of casinos adding outlet stores, which have been performing better that other traditional, full-price retail coming out of the recession.

The plan seeks to capitalize on a trend of casinos adding outlet stores, which have been performing better than other traditional, full-price retail coming out of the recession.

Foxwoods also hopes the mall will attract visitors uninterested in gambling and turn the resort into a destination where guests will book longer two- and three-night stays.

In late June, Foxwoods rival Mohegan Sun announced plans for a $50 million expansion that is expected to add 50 retailers and 200,000 square feet to its neighboring casino to its neighboring casino, entertainment and retail complex, raising the competitive stakes.

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are trying to differentiate their Connecticut casinos from those proposed for nearby Massachusetts and upstate New York. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are competing in separate regions of Massachusetts for licenses to establish resort casinos.

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5 thoughts on “Construction Of Foxwoods Outlet Mall Kicks Off Thursday

  1. John Steel

    I can’t figure why the retailers are interested in this development. It will largely cannibalize sales from their existing outlet stores. Foxwoods is dying a slow death, which will be hastened by the coming soon Massachusetts casinos. The main obstacle to getting people to spend two or three nights there are the outrageous room rates, starting around $350 per night. I doubt folks will flock to the casino to shop – other than gamblers locals detest the gambling dens and avoid them like the plague.

    It seems to me that this is the latest brilliant idea from the nimrods behind the MGM fiasco.

    1. Stan

      Have you tri ed to get a parking space on the weekend or friday night. It is still popular with the young crowd for the clubs.

  2. J A Szczesiul

    Will the Tanger outlets in Clinton close?
    Will KENO be Connecticuts next gambling fad like Jai Lai , greyhound racing and bingo?
    As high wage industries like Electric Boat , Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky lay off thousands in search for more tax advantageous States Democrat Connecticut’s answwer is gambling, dope factories and illegal alien drivers licenses and homosexual ‘marriage” .

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