Horizon Group And CBL Celebrate The Grand Opening Of The Outlet Shoppes Of The Bluegrass

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. and Horizon Group Properties, Inc., announce the grand opening of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, which opened fully leased with 90 stores and eateries.

The center opened to the public with a variety of designer outlets, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Nike, Brooks Brothers, Guess, Chico’s, Coach, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley and more. Additional stores will be opened in the fall, including Gucci, Kate Spade and Tumi.

“We are excited about this strong group of retailers and believe they will help draw shoppers from a large area throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio,” said Gary J. Skoien, chief executive officer of Horizon Group Properties.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is the only outlet center in the state and is located between Louisville and Lexington on Interstate 64. Over 68,000 cars pass by the site daily. The center is expected to draw over six million visitors a year from the three-state area plus travelers on Interstate 64.

Construction on the 375,000-square-foot outlet center began in May of 2013.

Built in a shopper-friendly racetrack layout, the center has covered structure walkways to maximize comfort and convenience for patrons. Two entrance corridors on the north side of the property feature fifteen Louisville Slugger bronze sculpture replica bats used by Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Babe Ruth, George Brett and more. The area is located near the Under Armour, Converse, Nike and Loft stores.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass boasts landscaped courtyards, vibrant architectural features and a fun lively setting. The center features a large food court, children’s play area, center court stage with fireplace, fountains and other amenities to encourage shoppers to fully enjoy the lively retail and entertainment choices.

“Shopping is the #2 activity that tourists enjoy,” commented Mr. Skoien. “The center is working with many of the area hotel and tourism partners to provide day trips and other shopping packages. The center offers shuttle services to assist travelers that come to the area with transportation needs.” The shuttle will also provide services for conventions, family reunions and special group outings.

“The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass brings the best outlet brands to Kentucky,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer of CBL. “We are confident that this center will become a major retail destination for area residents as well as tourists and shoppers from surrounding states.”

The Outlet Shoppes at Louisville will contribute significantly to the area's local economy by creating new jobs and generating sales tax revenues. Once complete, the center is estimated to create more than 1,000 jobs for the community and generate more than $130 million in annual sales. This level of sales will generate approximate $8 million of annual sales taxes to the state of Kentucky, in addition to significant revenue for the local government and school district through property and other taxes.




New And Used Vehicle Sales Rise In June

New vehicle sales in Hamilton County increased to 1,040 in June and used vehicle sales increased to 3,533 according to figures from the County Clerk's office.  That compares to 1,223 new vehicles sold and 3,591 used vehicles sold in June last year.  Totals for June included 457 new cars and 583 new trucks sold. They included 1,788 used cars and 1,745 used trucks sold. (click for more)

Jen LeBaron Apponted Spa Manager At The Chattanoogan Hotel

The Chattanoogan hotel has hired Jen LeBaron as the spa manager for The Spa at The Chattanoogan, an upscale day spa located on the second floor of the hotel.  Ms. LeBaron is responsible for the daily operations and management of The Spa, including promotions and the training of staff.   Ms. LeBaron began her career in 2001 at The Spa at The Chattanoogan where she ... (click for more)

Spiegel Says Walker County Could Make Payments On $8,705,000 Hutcheson Debt; James Says Letter is Heavy-Handed

Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel has written Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell to say that Erlanger would consider taking payments on the $8,705,000 Hutcheson debt. Stuart James, special counsel for Walker County, called the overture "heavy-handed." Walker County earlier offered a $1.3 million "global settlement" that was rejected by Erlanger. Catoosa County ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (5)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)