Development Partner: Foxwoods Outlet Mall Construction To Begin ‘Shortly’

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The long-delayed construction of an 85-store outlet mall at Foxwoods Resort Casino is on track to get underway this year, a senior executive in the partnership developing the project said last week.

An outlet shopping mall will connect the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Grand Pequot Tower. The MGM Grand is shown here just prior to its opening in 2008. Courant File Photo.

An outlet shopping mall will connect the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Grand Pequot Tower. The MGM Grand is shown here just prior to its opening in 2008. Courant File Photo.

Steven B. Tanger, the chief executive of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, told those gathered at an industry conference Thursday a groundbreaking is close.

“We plan to start construction shortly in the Charlotte, N.C. market and Foxwoods, in the Foxwoods casino connecting the MGM Grand and the Grand Pequot casino floors in Connecticut,” Tanger said, according to a recording of the meeting.

The comments came at a meeting during last week’s NAREIT REITWeek conference.

Quentin Pell, a Tanger spokesman, did not return an e-mail late Monday seeking further comment.

Construction of the mall was supposed to begin in the spring of 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.

Summer begins at the end of next week.

The $120 million shopping 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, facing stepped up competition in the region and more on the horizon, 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.

In a regulatory filing, Tanger projects the outlet mall will open in the second half of 2014.

In Connecticut, Tanger also operates an outlet mall in Westbrook. The Westbrook location has more than 60 stories, including Eddie Bauer, J, Crew, Old Navy and Williams Sonoma.



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6 thoughts on “Development Partner: Foxwoods Outlet Mall Construction To Begin ‘Shortly’

  1. pat hofperson

    what a foolish idea. Foxwoods is so in debt and having high-level shopping isn’t going to help anything. who do they think will be able to afford to shop there, certainly not locals and if they think they have enough high-end gamblers they are out of their minds.

    1. Norman Rockwell

      That`s the point, not locals.
      Foxwoods wants to attract the world wide jet set, as a premier, world class destination resort. The local welfare and blue hair hopeful set have only so much to donate to the tribe/

  2. John Steel

    I am surprised that any of the prospective tenants would be interested. They are largely going to take sales away from their existing stores. This is just another foolish, desperate move by the Mashantucket Tribe. (see the MGM expansion) The reason folks don’t stay for 2 or 3 nights are the insane room rates. $259 for a mid-week room? $499 for a Saturday night? Gee, I think I would prefer to fly to Florida for a week – same cost with a modest hotel in FLA. Maybe the tribal members should have reinvested some of the billions they raked in over the first decade into something more worthy than gaming. Looks like the new buffalo herd is getting thinned out.

  3. bill m

    Foxwoods made a bad choice building the MGM Expansion at a time the Economy was sucking wind. They would have been better suited to refurbish the existing interior of the present Casino building. My last trip there was last year and I used to go there quite often. I saw how the carpeting, walls, Elevators and just the general look was in need of serious upgrades from over-use. I now frequent Mohegan Sun not only for playing Slots but the shops. My main question here is opening a strip mall or whatever their plan, everyone has to remember that the Casino stores are over-priced an its only going to drag in people who have a lot of money to spend that they either just won or they’re on Vacation.

  4. pete

    Who cares? Outlets are pase. Most stores open an outlet and then manufacture goods specifically for the outlet that are of a lesser quality. You can do better in a regular chain store when they have an end of season sale. Also, doesn’t tanger have an outlet mall in either Branford or Guilford. I go there once or twice a year but don’t see many people leaving with shopping bags. CT’s Indian casinos days are over. I wrote a few years back once NY and MA woke up and realized the mula they are losing they would build their own and NY has and MA will be. As John Steel stated, I’d rather fly to Vegas and spend a week there than go to Eastern CT

  5. Unhealthy Jim

    The closest Tangers outlet center is actually in Westbrook, about 1/2 hour away. Foxwood’s true issue is it’s location. The Sun is much better located off of 2A. I wonder why foxwoods is not looking to add a waterpark like the one they are proposing at the western Mass Casino? These are just ramblings aren’t they? I do not even like to gamble… is anyone paying attention? What happened to the Utopia studios project at the old norwich mental hospital? Do people think that it might have been a disney project under a false name similar to what they did in the Orlando area?

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