Site Work Starts on Outlet Mall in Southwest Little Rock

by Lee Hogan  on Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 3:02 pm  

This site plan shows the location for a proposed 325,000-SF outlet mall in west Little Rock. The mall is slated to open summer 2015.

Site work for a proposed outlet mall has begun on a 30-acre tract of land at the Gateway Town Center in southwest Little Rock.

Arkansas Business first reported on New England Development's planned purchase of the land in February. The $5.2 million land acquisition was made in May.

Michael Barelli, vice president of New England Development, said site work will continue for the next two months and include the clearing of trees, grading and the placement of drainage pipes and utilities. Building construction is expected to begin in mid to late August. 

The only outlet mall in Arkansas is slated to open in summer 2015.

New England Development has hired CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock to manage construction of its 325,000-SF shopping center located near Bass Pro Shops and the intersection of I-30 and I-430.

Outlets at Little Rock is expected to bring approximately 75 stores and support about 1,000 jobs. New England Development did not release information on tenants of the outlet center or construction costs to erect the shopping center.

However, the development company said shoppers could expect a gamut of options, including men's, women's and children's clothing, home furnishings and shoes. New England Development said it expects the Little Rock center to be similar to its Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida

The Florida location includes stores like Ann Taylor, Chico's, LOFT, Haggar Clothing Co., Jos. A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Nike, Carter's, The Children's Place and Kitchen Collection.

In terms of food offerings, Barelli said the shopping center will offer both a food court and restaurant options.

"Traditionally, it's been strictly food courts," he said. "We're going to provide a food court, but we also want to have fast-casual and sit-down options with a little more of a dining destination or a place you can spend more time."

Location, Location, Location

A nearby Bass Pro Shops and being at the junction of two major highways was enough for New England Development to settle on Gateway Town Center for its outlet mall.



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