The last reported target for a groundbreaking on an 85-store outlet mall at Foxwoods Resort Casino was this past spring. Now, it’s “by the end of the year.”
The latest timeline for the long-delayed, $120 million project was offered by the chief executive of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, a partner in the outlet project, during a conference call last week with analysts after the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings.
Chief executive Steven B. Tanger did not offer anything more specific and a Tanger spokesman today declined to elaborate. In June, Tanger told those gathered at an industry conference he expected groundbreaking “shortly.”
A Foxwoods spokeswoman declined to comment on specifics but told me today more information would be forthcoming “in the next few weeks.”
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 casino, entertainment and retail complex, raising the competitive stakes.
Construction of the outlet mall at Foxwoods was supposed to begin in spring 2012, but The Day of New London reported delays in reaching deals with tenants. A groundbreaking expected in February was put off because of bad weather with this spring the new construction target, The Day reported.
The mall, announced in February 2012, will encompass 312,000 square feet. The mall will focus on luxury brands and help draw visitors that aren’t interested in gambling. No tenants have been announced.
Foxwoods hopes the mall will turn Foxwoods into a destination where guests will book longer two- and three-night stays.
The mall, named Tanger Outlets Foxwoods, is being developed by Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger and Gordon Group Holdings of Greenwich. The land is being leased from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods.