WLOS and the Asheville Citizen-Times had this over the weekend, so I’m playing catch up. Here’s the word from www.nedevelopment.com:
Asheville Outlets will be THE destination for outlet shopping in the greater Asheville, North Carolina market. Developed by New England Development in partnership with Tremont Realty Capital, this 325,000 square foot open air center will feature top manufacturers and retail outlets and is slated to open in 2014. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, the retailers at Asheville Outlets are sure to thrive from the strong residential and tourism markets.
Ideally located five miles southwest of downtown Asheville at the I-26 and Route191 interchange, Asheville Outlets has excellent regional access. The Asheville metropolitan market is a regional and economic hub for western North Carolina and Asheville itself has a strong and growing visitor market. More than 9.35 million people visit the Asheville region each year, of which more than 3 million stay overnight.
Asheville is a thriving mountain city with an eclectic downtown, art galleries, a world-class culinary and craft beer scene, a burgeoning live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This unique city has earned national acclaim by numerous media outlets and publications as an ideal place to live, visit, and do business.
Excellent regional access with location on I-26
Location at Exit 33 is one of the region’s primary entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway
Five miles southwest of downtown Asheville
More than 9.3 million annual visitors to Asheville region
3 million visitors stay overnight, with an average stay of 2.8 nights and an average party size is 2.6 persons
Average household income of typical visitor is in excess of $100,000
Barron’s has named Asheville as #1 of the 15 Best Places for Second Homes.