Palm Beach Outlets finally opened for business in February 2014, and the shopping center's been off and running ever since. The project was long and grueling, with billboards and radio ads teasing the location's opening for seemingly weeks and weeks. In reality, the property isn't even finished being developed, as only one of three phases have been completed. Phase one has shown it has enough goodies to get a bunch of people excited about stopping by.
Palm Beach Outlets welcomed over one million shoppers in its first month of business — Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Outlets
Over 100 stores are open for business at the new West Palm shopping mecca, and there is without a doubt something for everyone. If you like fashion, you'll enjoy Calvin Klein, Saks, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and The Gap. Shoes? How about Nike, Reebok, Cole Hahn, Bass, Converse and Famous Footwear? Other favorites so far have been Anne Taylor, J. Crew, Nine West and Crabtree & Evelyn.
Developers expected the property to do well, rightfully so given the money they spent to tear down the previous mall on site and put up this behemoth. Drive by the outlet on any given day, weekend or not, and you'll notice the parking lot is swamped. The general manager was recently quoted as saying that the mall beat six month projections within the first month (Over one million shoppers came through.). Don't you want to see what all the fuss is about?
The outlets are open-air, with perpendicular walking paths connecting the different sections of stores. It rains quite a bit in South Florida, so developers were smart to cover the walkways with gigantic tents (which look like circus tents) that light up for a colorful display at night. Events are always going on, whether it be family-friendly exhibitions or musical acts to keep shoppers entertained.
Like most outlet malls, food is available, as the plan is to keep you on location for the full day. Quick eat stops like Starbucks and Subway are paired with actual restaurants like BJ's Brewery to truly give shoppers a variety of options. Haagen Dazs has a location, too, perfect for those who tend to get a sweet tooth during a day of emptying the pockets.
While Phase one has been a great hit so far, phases two and three are prepped to be great additions as well. A Whole Foods will be up soon, as will Red Robin, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom Rack, Sports Authority, Ulta and TJ Maxx.
When complete, Palm Beach Outlets will truly be a one-stop shopping experience. Travelers can plan on hitting the outlets up on their way back to the airport, as its a short five miles away from Palm Beach International. Who knows - in time, people may fly to West Palm specifically for the outlet shopping?