Stephen R. Karp, Chairman of New England Development, was joined at Friday’s 9 AM ribbon cutting by New England Development’
In his remarks, Stephen Karp lauded the many people involved with opening a project of this magnitude. “I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate the Grand Opening of Palm Beach Outlets with the hundreds of people who have helped make this day possible. I would particularly like to thank Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach; the Commissioners of the City of West Palm Beach; and the West Palm Beach Planning Board and City staff.” He continued, “We truly appreciate the dedication of the men and women who have worked so hard on this project. And today, I’m especially pleased to welcome the 100 stores and more than 1,000 employees who will be instrumental in making Palm Beach Outlets a special, regional shopping destination here in West Palm Beach.”
Said West Palm Beach Mayor, Jeri Muoio, "This mall is a symbol of the economic revitalization underway in West Palm Beach. From the moment the developers decided our city was their best location, it signaled West Palm Beach is once again poised for incredible growth and opportunity. The jobs it will create and the growth it has already sparked will be a huge contributor to our continued success. It is truly a statewide destination like no other, and I am looking forward to welcoming all our new visitors to West Palm Beach."
Palm Beach Outlets features over 100 outlet stores, including some of the best names in fashion, plus an adjacent retail center opening this fall that will feature a dynamic mix of national tenants including Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack, Sports Authority and T.J. Maxx. The project is expected to have a $319 million economic impact as it becomes the premier outlet shopping attraction in Palm Beach County. Over 1,500 jobs are projected.
To celebrate its Grand Opening, Palm Beach Outlets is featuring a three-day, fun-filled schedule of activities from Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 15 featuring a charity night, ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrity style event. Throughout the weekend, guests are being treated to event specials, giveaways, and gift with purchase opportunities alongside live entertainment and plenty of shopping.
Festivities officially kicked off with the “Open Hearts, Open Doors” charity preview night benefitting 20 local charities on Thursday February 13 from 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Guests enjoyed a special preview of the center enjoying an evening of VIP shopping, exclusive savings, prize giveaways, entertainment and more. Local non-profit organizations sold tickets to this exclusive preview night with 100% of ticket proceeds benefitting the participating charities.
On Friday February 14, following the ribbon cutting ceremony, doors officially opened to the public for shopping.
Festivities continue Saturday afternoon, as Palm Beach Outlets features a Celebrity Style event with celebrity host Mario Lopez as the emcee for a runway show showcasing the latest fashions from Palm Beach Outlet retailers. The public is invited to celebrate the best that spring as to offer in terms of fashion and style with beauty tips, a runway show and a celebrity-inspired spring wardrobe starting at 6:00 PM.
About New England Development
New England Development is one of the nation’s premier real estate development and management companies, with more than 50 million square feet of retail, commercial and residential space to their credit. Founded by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen R. Karp, New England Development has 35 years of retail development, leasing and management experience and is one of the major mall developers in the Northeast. Acclaimed for some of the country’s most widely recognized and successful regional malls, New England Development is also known for developing mixed-use complexes featuring retail, residential, hotel and office uses; outlet centers; power centers; marinas; golf courses; resort and convention hotel properties; and even an entire planned community.
Eastern Real Estate
Eastern Real Estate is a privately held commercial real estate firm with expertise in capital investment, real estate development, and asset management. The Company was founded and is led by principals Daniel J. Doherty III and Brian J. Kelly. During their thirty-year careers Doherty and Kelly have had direct involvement in over 30 million square feet of transactions, building Eastern a well-earned reputation for industry leading insight and unwavering professional integrity.
Photos Courtesy of: Tracey Benson Photography