Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 26, 2011

Designer outlets break ground on El Charro Road

Shopping center should open in November 2012

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Ground is being broken today for a shopping center of 120 upscale outlets in west Livermore that will include Barney's New York Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. It is expected to bring 2,000 jobs to the area.

The 543,000-square-foot center is being developed by Paragon Outlet Partners of Baltimore, which is planning it as a shopping destination for the entire Bay Area.

"The addition of this world-class outlet shopping center will generate significant revenue and bring much needed jobs to Livermore," said Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena. "The outlet center is also a vital part of strengthening our ability to attract tourists to the area."

The outlets, located on I-580 at the El Charro exit in Livermore, near the Pleasanton border, are scheduled to open in November 2012. The property is 64% committed with merchants including Banana Republic Factory Store, Barney's New York Outlet, Cole Haan Company Store, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Tommy Hilfiger.

"It is our mission to create well-tenanted outlet centers that offer shoppers access to a collection of the world's leading designer and brand-names," said Robert Brvenik of Paragon Outlet Partners. "Not only will Paragon Outlets Livermore become one of the region's most popular shopping destinations for both local consumers and its tourist base, but a property that will also bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region, as well."

The groundbreaking is taking place at 10 a.m. today with Kamena, Brvenik and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

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