The Opening of Outlets of Little Rock to Benefit the Commercial Real Estate Market

When it comes to commercial real estate, you want to look for markets that are moving and shaking. That could not be truer of Little Rock and the surrounding areas. Specifically, the opening of the Outlets of Little Rock is a prime example of why Central Arkansas is the place to be.
The Outlets are located off Interstate 30 at Bass Pro Parkway in the Otter Creek area of Little Rock. Outlets of Little Rock opened to the public on Friday, October 16, complete with VIP shopping and celebrity fanfare. The successful opening of the Outlets marked the debut of Arkansas’ only outlet shopping center. According to Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, the Outlets are a "true economic investment.”
The Outlets of Little Rock are housed in a 325,000 square foot center on approximately 30 acres. According to Arkansas Business, the Outlets are anticipated to generate $100 million in annual retail sales and $6.5 million in annual state sales tax. The construction of the center alone provided for 1,000 jobs, and the store’s retailers will employ around 1,000 people, according to developers.
Key to commercial real estate development, the Outlets will increase out-of-state tourism; however, they will also help keep Arkansans’ money in the state, generating revenue locally. In the past, residents had to travel several hours for the outlet shopping experience they can now enjoy right here at home. Those in-state consumers and their spending power will now stay home in greater numbers. "The Outlets are also expected to drive tourism in Pulaski County, which already hosts 5.7 million annual visitors,” also according to Arkansas Business.
The Outlets of Little Rock enjoys a variety of tenants, including J. Crew Factory, Nike Factory, Restoration Hardware, Brooks Brothers, GAP, and more. For a complete list of stores, visit the Outlets’ website. Once all businesses are in place and open, the Outlets should enjoy around 75 retailers.
With the Outlets expected to bring thousands of visitors to Arkansas annually, there could not be a better time to invest in commercial real estate in Little Rock. When shoppers come to – or stay in – the Little Rock area with plans to shop the retail center, it directly affects other area businesses. For example, patrons will also visit area hotels, restaurants, car dealerships, and other retail stores while in Central Arkansas. So contact Commercial Realty, LLC today to discuss available properties– many near the new Outlets – and how we can find a space that works for your unique needs.

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