Outlet stores

Real offer on factory outlets

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — We’re spending more in malls than ever before. Sales are expected to reach $42 billion this year, according to trade publication Value Retail News. Consumer Reports rated 53 of the biggest outlets for value and quality, based on a survey of nearly 16,000 subscribers, and can help you get the best […]

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Consumer Reports says these are the best outlet stores

Factory outlets promise significant price reductions compared to traditional retail stores. But are the savings worth it? Outlets have for years been places where stores unload “seconds”, unsold merchandise, manufacturing errors, factory scraps and refurbished items. Homeowners often require that a certain percentage of goods be sold at a discount to retail prices. It is […]

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Survey ranks best outlet stores to buy – NBC Chicago

Bargain hunters know how to find the best possible price on the items they want, and with so many outlet stores in the Chicago area offering great bargains, this can seem like a treasure map for savvy shoppers. . But a new report shows some outlet stores don’t exactly offer outlet prices. Chicago is surrounded […]

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Why do factory outlets exist?

Why do factory outlets exist? The answer may seem obvious to most shoppers: These are places where companies dump factory seconds or obsolete merchandise at rock bottom prices. Read: bargains, bargains, bargains. And indeed, this may have been the case when the stores first appeared in the 1930s, usually located in rural areas near the […]

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Express dives into the factory outlet business

In an approach that reflects a major change from its traditional economic model, Express (NYSE: EXPR) recently announced the opening of the first of many outlet stores. The first store, which will open at Tanger Outlets National Harbor in Washington, DC, will be just one of thirty Express outlet stores the company plans to open […]

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Outlet stores are not a bargain

A J.Crew retail store PA The common assumption about factory outlets is that you get the same products as a regular retail store without the high price tag. But these “offers” might not be what they seem – Sapna Maheshwari at Buzzfeed writing that some outlets sell a separate line of lower quality products bearing […]

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Are there any good deals to be had at the factory outlets? It depends | Local company

As Amy Wittman was sorting through merchandise for the opening of St. Louis Premium Outlets, she noticed familiar stickers on some items. “It’s funny because we released stuff, I recognize the labels we use for shoes,” said Wittman, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store manager, who previously worked at the retailer’s full-line store in Square. […]

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Bloomingdale’s to open four outlet stores

Hoping to capitalize on the new consumer frugality, luxury department store chain Bloomingdale’s plans to launch an outlet concept this year. The move, announced Thursday by parent company Macy’s Inc., calls for four outlets to open this summer or fall, with more locations expected for 2011 and beyond. The first stores are expected to open […]