October 12, 2017

East Hartford outlets Nov. 2018 opening planned

Rendering | Horizon Group Properties
Rendering | Horizon Group Properties
Outlets at Rentschler Field

The developer of the Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field in East Hartford has set Nov. 2018 as the opening date for the $105 million project.

Construction began Oct. 2, Horizon Group Properties CEO Gary Skoien said this week, with a grand opening scheduled just over a year from now.

In early October, the city of East Hartford approved $16.9 million in tax breaks for the project.

During Phase I of the center's grand opening, approximately 70 fashion and lifestyle retailers will open their doors in 282,000 square feet of space. There is also room for additional phases at the center, which encompass 140,000 square feet and could include an additional 35 stores, Skoien said.

The center is expected to generate $223 million in state sales tax over a 20-year period, and create about 1,400 direct and indirect jobs, according to an economic feasibility study conducted by The Concord Group and East Hartford Mayor Marcia LeClerc.

"We are thrilled to be able to move forward with the next phase of construction and work toward our grand opening in November 2018," Skoien said in a statement. "We also look forward to introducing designer brand name stores in East Hartford offering incredible styles at unbeatable prices our properties are known for."

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