O pening in the Spring of 2014, The Outlet Collection at Niagara will be an exciting new addition to the shopping options available in the Niagara Region.

The collection will house close to 100 stores, some of which include Banana Republic, Bench Outlet, Brooks Brothers Outlet, Calvin Klein, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, Izod, Michael Kors Outlet, Naturalizer, Osk Kosh, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and one of the main anchor stores, an 80,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop, which will be one of only three Bass Pro Shops in all of Canada.

This new mall will be easily accessible off the QEW and is located only 1 hour from Toronto, and a short drive from Buffalo. The sprawling 520,000 square foot complex will serve as the new gateway to the Niagara Region. The complex will be a beautiful, open-air site, which is the largest of its kind in the country. The design and architecture of the complex will make for a truly enjoyable shopping experience.

In addition to all the stores, there will be restaurants and a food pavilion. Bri-Ann Stuart, General Manager of the Outlet Collection at Niagara notes that The Eatery is an “expansive food building, which includes an outdoor patio and event area with fireplace. There will be a variety of delicious food options providing a choice for every palate.” The event space will be perfect for things such as farmer’s markets and other community events.

The Outlet Collection at Niagara is the Regions most significant development in several years. The $178 million project will be a large boost to the area economy, creating hundreds of jobs, as well as entice people to stay on this side of the border while shopping. It is estimated that this project will create around 1000 construction jobs and around 1,500 full and part time jobs once the centre actually opens.

David Eke, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, notes “the Outlet Collection at Niagara will be much more than Canada’s largest, outdoor shopping centre – it will be a major tourist destination, attracting people from across Canada, the United States and beyond to Niagara. Visitors will shop in our stores, dine in area restaurants, and stay in our many fine hotels and accommodations.” He continues, “in addition to the jobs created during its construction, the centre has the potential to create thousands of permanent jobs and provide significant tax revenue for our area. This is a win-win situation for Niagara’s business owners and workers. We look forward to the official opening of Phase One in May of this year and the positive impact it will have on our community.”

Bri-Ann Stuart, General Manager of the Outlet Collection at Niagara builds on that sentiment, saying “in support of the strong draw of tourism to the Region, a designated motor coach drop off/pick up location is available to accommodate group tours visiting the facility. Our guest services building will provide shoppers with services and welcome that exceeds their expectations.”

Several exciting events are planned to mark the opening of the Outlet Collection at Niagara in May of 2014. Check out outletcollectionatniagara.com for all additional information and updates, including a full listing of stores, which will be revealed in the upcoming months.