Outlet Collection at Riverwalk — Photo courtesy of Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
The old Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans, a once vibrant shopping center on the Mississippi River turned eyesore will have refurbishing completed in 2014, turning it into "Outlet Collection at Riverwalk."
Construction crews are hard at work finishing up what figures to be a modern marvel as far as shopping centers are concerned. The prototype photos look simply stunning. The center will host 75 name brand designer stores, and hold perch at its predecessor's Mississippi adjacent frontage.
The developers are touting this as the nation's first downtown outlet center. While this may or may not be true by the time it opens, it will be a nice break from the outlets traditionally built off some highway in the middle of nowhere. Pictures allude to a food court overlooking the Mississippi River, catered by local vendors as opposed to Sbarro and Auntie Anne's pretzels.
Given the location, this figures to be a spot frequented by tourists staying at the many downtown hotels in close proximity to the Outlet grounds, as well as the thousands of cruise passengers that port nearby daily. The plans show a very classy, upscale shopping center, one that will draw regional attention and may turn into a destination on its own.
Spanish Plaza remains open during construction and will continue to host attractions like bungee jumping and bull-riding, as well as offering bike rentals.