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10 Things to Know About The Outlets of Little Rock

Kim Lane
Written by Kim Lane

“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

IMG_09831. Gallery roofs: Six gallery roofs, all more than 35 feet tall, have exposed roof truss framing and LED-colored lighting. Pedestrian lights, parking lot lights and gallery roof lights are all LED.

IMG_09742. Comfortable furniture: The thoroughfares will have a variety of comfortable furniture pieces, including 34 Adirondack chairs, 95 benches and 14 soft seating sofas to accommodate guests.

3: Amenities: Bike racks, vending machines and carts/kiosks will be available to guests in the center.

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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.

IMG_09905. Food court: The food court will have indoor and outdoor seating for more than 300 people.

6. Wi-fi: Free wi-fi will be available to guests in the food court.

IMG_09737. Outlet/factory stores: All of the stores in the center are either factory or outlet stores, meaning customers can buy clothing at discounted prices.

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8. Park-like area: The area being bulldozed will be a park-like area with benches, tables and greenery.

IMG_09949. Under construction: Though the center is still under construction, the grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 16. The staff is expecting over 100,000 people the weekend of the grand opening.

IMG_095410. Tobacco-free: The entire property will be tobacco free.

Click here for a list of stores in the Outlets of Little Rock.

About the author

Kim Lane

Kim Lane

Kim Lane is the Director of Operations and Community Development of Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. She is also the community organizer for 1 Million Cups.

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