Horizon & CBL Announce Thirty New Stores + Accelerated Grand Opening Date for the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta
Atlanta, GA Dec. 21, 2012. Horizon Group Properties, Inc. (OTC: HGPI.PK) and CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced that the Grand Opening date of the new outlet center located in the North Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, GA. will be one month earlier than previously scheduled. The 370,000 square foot initial phase of the center, to be named The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, is now scheduled to open July 18, 2013; it was originally planned to open in August.
The center will feature the best-known brands and designer outlets, including Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Bose, Brooks Brothers, Columbia Sportswear, Cole Haan, White House|Black Market, Guess, Fossil, Michael Kors, Under Armour, and Talbots.
Thirty new stores were announced today including:
• Berry & Berry Yogurt
• Charley’s Steakery
• Charlotte Russe
• Columbia Sportswear
• Dress Barn
• Gold Toe
• Jos. A. Bank
• Kay Jewelers
• Kitchen Collection
• Love Culture
• Lucky Brand
• Motherhood Maternity
• OshKosh B’Gosh
• P.S.From Aéropostale
• Sunglass Hut
• Taqueria Tsunami
• Ultra Diamonds
• Waterford Wedgwood
• Wilsons Leather
“Strong tenant demand, ongoing support from the City of Woodstock officials and the speed of the construction permit the accelerated opening date of the center,” said Gary J. Skoien, Horizon’s president and CEO. “The development and operation of the center will generate both substantial economic activity in and tax revenue for the City of Woodstock and Cherokee County. “We appreciate the efforts of the City and County officials who helped make this development a reality,”
“The sustained demand we are receiving from retailers interested in joining in The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta demonstrates the tremendous strength of the project,” commented Michael Lebovitz, executive vice president – development & administration for CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “The outstanding retail names we have already signed up will deliver a shopping experience that everyone in the family can enjoy. We are looking forward to the early opening next July.”
The center is located north of Atlanta at the newly-constructed exit off I-575 at Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. More than 112,000 cars pass the site daily. The center is convenient to travelers on Interstates 75, 85 and 20 and is expected to draw over four million visitors annually from a three-state area.
Designed in a shopper-friendly configuration, the center will feature covered walkways and landscaped courtyards to maximize the comfort and convenience of shoppers. Its design blends traditional architecture with lively features including a children’s play area.A center court complete with fountains and a fireplace will create a festive atmosphere for shoppers and visitors to the center. The site can accommodate an additional 30,000 square feet of outlet shops and also features seven out-lots for restaurants, service business and other retail uses.
When completed, the center is projected to generate more than $130 million in annual sales and $3 million of sales and property taxes for the City of Woodstock. The development and operation of the center is expected to generate a total of $34 million in taxes for the benefit of the City of Woodstock, Cherokee County and its school district over the next ten years.
The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is a joint venture of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. and Horizon Group Properties, Inc. Horizon and CBL are co-developers of the project; Horizon is responsible for leasing and managing the center.