July 1, 2014
By DENISE FLEISCHER
Fashion Outlets of Chicago, the 530,000 sq. ft. shopping mall in Rosemont, will be one year old on Thursday, Aug. 1.
How has the two-level enclosed mall held up during a time of economic uncertainty.
According to Jim Anderson, senior marketing manager for the mall, it’s operating at its full potential.
“Of the 130 outlet stores, currently 94.5% are leased,” said Anderson. “A couple of spaces are available and the demand is high as we continue to bring the quality brands of merchants that our customers expect.”
High-end American department store outlets such as Bloomingdales, Sax 5th Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Forever 21 serve as the center’s anchors.
“There’s a nice mix of higher end outlet stores in addition to moderately priced all-American brands,” said Anderson. To name a few, the mall has Disney, Nike, Banana Republic, Carters, Gucci, Prada, Burberry and Coach. Two new stores coming in will be Merrell Outlet Shoes and St. John, a women’s fashion brand,” he added.
Anderson said no fashion stores have left. Prasino, a full service restaurant, though, closed earlier this year.
Since the grand opening, the following stores have been added to the mall’s directory:
Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ermenegildo Zegna, an Italian designer of men’s apparel, Etro, men’s and women’s fashions and Moncler, outerwear.
Anderson said there’s an interesting mix of shoppers from all types of demographics, including a wide variety of domestic and international tourists.
That’s possible through “Go Airport Express” which transports potential shoppers right at the baggage claim area at O’Hare. All one needs to do is make arrangements to be brought to the mall and pay a nominal fee.
He stated that the mall’s opening has created 2,000 jobs: sales associates, maintenance, store managers, food servers and more.