Outlets Open: Thousands of shoppers flock to pearl

posted on November 14, 2013

Thousands of excited and anxious shoppers from across Mississippi headed to Pearl bright and early this morning for the opening of Outlets of Mississippi. The grand opening celebration started the day on a cheerful note with remarks by developers and local and state officials. Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers hailed the public and private partnership that made the development possible.

“This is an exciting day for the state of Mississippi,” Rogers said. “But it’s even more exciting for the city of Pearl, we waited so long for this.” Gov. Phil Bryant congratulated Yates Construction and Spectrum Capital LLC for the efforts in job creation – 1,600 jobs in all.

“This is a destination not only for shopping, I know many of you are ready to do that,” Bryant said to hundreds gathered before him.

Confetti cannons spewed colorful pieces of paper, champagne was poured, and a live band played.Long lines formed at stores like Coach, Michael Kors and Under Armour.

“We have over 800 brands for men, women and children,” said Amber Cacali, VP of marketing for anchor store Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. “We feature them at 30 to 70 percent off original prices when they first come in and we discount them on top of that.”

Shoppers with bags took in the experience that wasn’t too crazy for opening day. Kendria Haley of Clinton brought 2-year-old daughter Harper to check out Torrid, Children’s Place and Claire’s before noon. “There was a shuttle that picked us up from across the way,” Haley said. “It could be a little more (spaces for) parking but for the most part it was a good experience.” Law enforcement is directing traffic entering the outlet mall and signage nearby interstate exits help guide motorists. Crowded parking lots, police presence show controlled chaos The big opening of the Outlets of Mississippi has been just that – big.

With vehicles filling the parking lot and overflowing into Trustmark Park,Thursday morning’s kick off of the massive economic development project in Pearl was the definition of controlled chaos.

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