The Twin Cities soon will have four outlet malls within a hour's drive.
About a quarter of the first phase of the Outlets at Albertville will open April 17. The rest of the 52 stores will debut in time for the official grand opening weekend, April 28-30.
Exterior construction is nearly complete and many of the retail tenants are beginning interior improvements, said Shane Bullough, owner of JMJ Properties Inc, which developed the site.
The Muskegon, Mich.-based retail developer has declined to name the tenants of the 250,000-square-foot complex at Interstate Hwy. 94 and County Rd. 19. But people familiar with the project said the stores will include Brooks Brothers, Carter's Childrenswear, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Guess, Jones New York, Nautica, Nike, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Waterford Wedgwood China and Wilsons The Leather Experts.
JMJ still plans a second phase of the Albertville outlets to open in 2001, Bullough said.