It has been five years in the making, but it looks like the long awaited outlet mall near Robstown will soon be a reality.
It will be called the Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay. Even though the project is still more than a year away, we now know at least some of the retailers that plan to be there.
Names such as Brooks Brothers, Puma and Guess are just three of the retailers out of the more than 40 expected to sign leases that agreed to have their names released; but unlike in times past, when developers assured the county it was just months away, this time they say it will happen.
"We absolutely plan on being open in 2014, and we plan on being 100-percent leased at that time," said Developer Rick Carduner of Dolphin Properties.
Surrounded by County Judge Loyd Neal and commissioners Gonzalez and McComb, Carduner announced the agreement had been finalized in the sale of the land next to the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds, as well as some of the names of retailers that will be there.
"The three tenants I did mention, Brooks Brothers, Puma and Guess, have given us permission, obviously, to announce to the media that they will be opening stores at the Outlets of Corpus Christi Bay," Carduner said.
The announcement is not just good for bargain hunters, but the entire region.
"It means a lot of things," Judge Loyd Neal said. "For the City of Robstown, it's sales tax revenue. To the county and the City, another taxing district. It's property tax revenue for the construction, but more importantly, it's jobs."
No one is happier about that than the residents of Robstown.
"Now that they're going to do it, it's great," Robstown resident Manuel Rodriguez said. "I think it's going to bring some good jobs to the Robstown area."
"It's good that they're bringing it to Robstown because a lot of people here need jobs," resident Paula Villarreal said. "At least local people."
"We'll be providing 600 full-time equivalent jobs to the Robstown area; to the Nueces County area," Carduner said. "We're very excited about helping Robstown turn itself around again and become the crossroads of commerce in Nueces County."
Located at the crossroads of Interstate 69 and Highway 44 in Robstown, the first phase of the project will include close to 300,000 square feet of retail space.
Closing on the sale of almost 50 acres should happen early next year, with groundbreaking expected by spring, and opening by early 2014.
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