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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 construction worker walks by the doors of the food court at the Outlets at Tejon Ranch 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.


ricketzz: Posted: July 21, 2014 10:30 a.m.

How much does one have to buy to make up for the extra fuel?

Idahogolfer: Posted: July 21, 2014 10:38 a.m.

Come on, Rick. Since when does driving or fuel mean anything to a Californian. I know.... I used to live there.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 21, 2014 11:38 a.m.

There is no way it's that much closer than Camarillo. Besides, driving through the Grapevine is treacherous at times. The 126 is the most pleasant freeway on earth to drive on, there's hardly any traffic, it's scenic, etc.

I'm certain the new outlets will be absolutely swamped and very very popular to the North and South, but I would rather go to Camarillo any day of the year.

bobforte: Posted: July 21, 2014 3:07 p.m.

They are actually about the same distance. From Saugus, Camarillo Outlets are 49 miles on the 126 and 53 miles on the 118. The Tejon outlets are 51 miles from Saugus. All according to Google maps. So yes, they are about the same.

SReilly12: Posted: July 21, 2014 3:15 p.m.

Yay, another place to spend the almighty dollar! Happy for our neighbors to the north, they can't have much shopping choices up there. I am with you Chefgirl, I'd rather drive the 126,plus Oxnard/Ventura so close for lunch afterwards. Also given the fact that we will have a vested interest in cleaning up the water for the Ventura farmers.........I'm going to grab up some fruit on my way home!

alabi2k: Posted: July 21, 2014 6:09 p.m.

I'd much rather drive to Camarillo. Nicer drive, cooler weather, and far less 'knuckle draggers'.

lars1: Posted: July 21, 2014 9:47 p.m.

You will save on the county sales tax.
LA=9.0% Kern=7.5% Ventura=7.5%

ricketzz: Posted: July 22, 2014 9:47 a.m.

I used to work by Ontario Mills. All the stores had discontinued stuff, factory seconds, etc. If I don't need it I don't want it.

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 22, 2014 12:29 p.m.

The value of time, the cost of fuel, the limited selection of merchandize and the loss of sales tax to the City of Santa Clarita may make all of these "outlets" poor choices when all the factors are calculated.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 22, 2014 2:01 p.m.

AllanCameron, you assume that people would otherwise shop in SCV for clothing, etc. I don't. I hardly shop here for anything besides groceries. We have a bunch of lousy $.99 cent stores and Walmarts. Our mall has a limited selection of merchandise for what I am looking for anyway, and because of that I do most of my shopping in other cities anyway. I usually buy clothing and other tchotchkes in Pasadena, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks.

Unreal: Posted: July 22, 2014 4:09 p.m.

I use Penny's and Kohls and Costco. I don't go over the hill for anything!

lars1: Posted: July 22, 2014 8:55 p.m.

The loss of sales tax to the city of santa clarita, is not a priority in my shopping.
I find way better deals outside of this valley. If I purchase a big item ($1000) I will make the purchase as part of my trip to the Costcos in Ventura county.

missyJk: Posted: July 22, 2014 10:28 p.m.

i shop online i bought 2 months ago $350 pair of Cole Haan 5 1/2 heels for $49 on the Cole Haan website so they were a 2012 model do i care? nope better than seconds at an outlet or sometimes they dont even carry the brands stuff..just like nordstrom rack was 10% nordstrom 90% junk went in there once decades ago and walked right out and for jeans Kohls when they have their coupons

chefgirl358: Posted: July 23, 2014 11:55 a.m.

Oh yeah, I forgot...mostly I shop on the INTERNET! Ebay and various retail websites offer the best deals, hassle free. You don't need to fight traffic, carry stuff around with you, park, etc., it all comes right to your door - often with free shipping and no sales tax.

SReilly12: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:36 p.m.

Ditto chefgirl! I go to the stores, find what I like/want and then come home and shop the item on line. In addition to the discounts you talked about, there are sites out there ie that offer additional discounts just for going through them. Recently redid master b/room. Shopped my item at Bed,bath,beyond (20 percent discount on 1 item) found company on line, pricing the same as BB&B but they discount entire order 20 percent and no sales tax or shipping.

Unreal: Posted: July 23, 2014 3:25 p.m.

I do like ebay. I find vintage Christmas items there. I also like World Market and Pier One. I also love garage sales and find lots of vintage items like pottery and cool stuff if you know where to go.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 23, 2014 3:29 p.m.

SReilly12, Oohhhh nice! Thank you for the tip, I'll definitely check them out!

Unreal, you would really love the Rose Bowl Flea Market 2nd Sunday of each month. There are some sellers that ask full retail of course, but there are truly some great bargains and negotiators to be found too.

SReilly12: Posted: July 23, 2014 4:32 p.m.

Chefgirl - you are going to be amazed at all the stores they have in their data bank..........Happy Shopping!!!

Love ebay also - never had an issue with anything I purchased - only use 5 star sellers but I save, save, save!!!! Those $400 plus Michael Kors purses - never spent more than $250 for and I'm talking current inventory not last year's stuff!

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