BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Anticipation is growing as the grand opening of the Tanger Outlet Mall in Byron Township draws closer.
The new shopping center, located just west of US-131 off the 84th Street, will feature over 80 brand names and designer outlet retailers.
Currently, local residents have to travel nearly two hours to Howell to shop at an outlet mall. But shopping enthusiasts won’t have to travel that far much longer as Tanger Outlet Mall is slated to open right before school starts in late summer.
“The Tanger Lady”, otherwise know as Byron Township Supervisor Audrey Nevins Weiss, said since the announcement back in 2013 that Tanger Outlets were coming to the area she’s constantly approached by people asking for updates on the project.
“There’s going to be ten buildings on the site, and we have had six building permits now,” said Weiss.
Nike, The Children’s Palace, Perfume Mania, Michael Kors, Gymboree, and H&M are just a few of the stores already locked in and construction crews are working daily creating room for many more.
Weiss has been working closely with Tanger Outlets management. She said Byron Township was chosen for its close proximity to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and the nearby Gun Lake Casino. Rezoning of the 40 acre site was approved by the township board, and traffic concerns from nearby residents were eased a bit with the addition of a traffic light at Pfeiffer Farms Drive and exit access for local residents off Byron Commerce Drive.
The Tanger Outlet Mall is expected bring 900 jobs to the community.
Tanger Outlets is also paying for a sidewalk that will run from 84th Street and Burlingame near Byron Center High School all the way to the outlets.
“And that’s another thing the community is excited about, parents that have children that are going to be looking for jobs, it’s going to be close to home and they don’t have to worry about them going so far,” said Weiss.
As for the outlet’s impact on other shopping malls, RiverTown Crossings mall sent 24 Hour News 8 a statement which read:
“We believe it’s really too early to make any predictions on the new outlet, however we are excited about all of the development happening in and around the Grandville area. This growth solidifies the southwest quadrant of Grand Rapids as a definite shopping destination. RiverTown Crossings will remain true to our mission of providing an unparalleled shopping, dining, and entertainment experience. Our customers enjoy more than 100 nationally branded stores, six sit-down restaurants, and many amenities, including ample parking, throughout the center.”
Meanwhile officials behind Tanger Outlets are banking on the motto: “If we build it – they will come.”
“People that haven’t been here are coming to Byron Center. It’s going to be a destination,” said Weiss.
Mall officials are not releasing the names of many of the shops and stores until closer to opening, but 24 Hour News 8 was able to get a look at the list. It includes many of the same known stores and brands in Tanger’s Howell location, along with some exclusive surprises.