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Outlets at Tejon Ranch set to open Aug. 7, offering closer option for SCV residents

Posted: July 20, 2014 9:44 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2014 9:44 p.m.

A look inside the Outlets at Tejon Ranch shows near-complete storefronts during a media hardhat tour last week. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.

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Santa Clarita residents will have another option for back-to-school shopping starting Aug. 7.

The Outlets at Tejon Ranch will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 7-10, offering shoppers more than 50 stores and restaurants. The outlet mall is located on the other side of the Grapevine just south of where Interstate 5 and Highway 99 split.

According to Barry Zoeller, vice president of corporate communications and marketing for the Tejon Ranch Company, around 250,000 people are expected to visit the outlets on opening weekend — just a small fraction of the 10 million visitors expected within the first year.

“There is tremendous interest in this market and this location,” Zoeller said.

The outlets doled out 4,000 VIP tickets for early entry on opening weekend to charities in Bakersfield and Santa Clarita, including the Painted Turtle Camp at Lake Hughes and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

Tickets are sold out, but the proceeds of each $25 ticket went entirely to the charities.

The Outlets at Tejon Ranch are a closer option for SCV residents than the Camarillo or Citadel Outlets. Zoeller said preliminary research indicated shoppers were frustrated with the greater traffic of driving into Los Angeles or to the coast.

The outlets will feature Pottery Barn’s only outlet location west of San Marcos, Texas. Polo/Ralph Lauren is opening a large-format store that will feature men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, as well as housewares.

Zoeller expects all but two or three of the stores to be ready for the grand opening.

“We will open 100-percent leased, which is virtually unheard of,” he said.


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