“We want everyone to feel welcome here,” said Teresa Richards, general manager of the Outlets of Little Rock. The center is still under construction, and is scheduled to open to the public on Oct. 16.
“It’s very busy with a variety of things,” Richards said, listing the projects at hand: tenants working on individual spaces, finishing the parking lot, getting landscaping in and more. “Everything is going really well,” she said.
Most of the stores in the center will be open for the grand opening, and there are still more stores to be announced. “We are getting very close to being completely full,” Richards said.
The architecture of the outlet center is modeled after the “prairie style” that is seen throughout Little Rock, and will be indicative of local architect E. Fay Jones. More specifically, it is indicative of the style of the River Market in downtown Little Rock.
The outlet center is expected to generate approximately $100 million in annual retail sales, which will in turn generate $6.5 million in state sales taxes, $1 million in county taxes and $1.5 million in city taxes. Once open, the center will employ approximately 800-1,000 people on-site, and another 180 indirectly as a result of purchases through the local supply chain to support the project.
The outlet center will be the only outlet center in the state; the closest is in Branson, Mo., which is more than 145 miles away.
10 things to know about the Outlets of Little Rock
3: Amenities: Bike racks, vending machines and carts/kiosks will be available to guests in the center.
4. Local landscaping: The Outlets of Little Rock has incorporated Arkansas-native plants in the public amenities, such as seating and gathering areas, as well as around the perimeter.
6. Wi-fi: Free wi-fi will be available to guests in the food court.
8. Park-like area: The area being bulldozed will be a park-like area with benches, tables and greenery.
Click here for a list of stores in the Outlets of Little Rock.