Construction could begin later this year on an outlet center on the west side of Interstate 270 just south of Clarksburg Road after developers won zoning approval for the project from Montgomery County last week.
Developer Ron Kaplan, co-managing principal of Streetscape Partners, said he hoped to begin construction later this year and that work should take about a year. Streetscape is partnering with New England Development on the project. “If things got as smoothly as can be, we could open by the end of 2015,” he said.
Kaplan said he wasn’t sure yet what stores would be coming to the center but that the mix was likely to resemble the offerings at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, where there are more than 120 stores, including Burberry, Coach, J. Crew, Nike and Vera Bradley.
“These retailers tend to move en masse, so you’re likely to see a lot of the same ones,” Kaplan said.
Simon Property Group, the country’s largest operator of malls, is a partner in both the Clarksburg Premium Outlets and the Leesburg outlets and expects the Clarksburg project to generate 1,500 jobs, some full-time and some part-time.
Streetscape Partners isn’t the only company that has been trying to open an outlet center in Clarskburg.
It had been racing to get approvals alongside the Peterson Cos., which opened a Tanger outlet center at National Harbor just before the holidays in Prince George’s County. Peterson has been planning a Tanger outlet center for Ten Mile Creek but does not have approval yet.
A spokeswoman for the Peterson Cos. declined to comment. The Montgomery County Council is slated to consider a plan amendment to allow the Tanger project to move forward in coming weeks.
A separate question is whether the Clarksburg outlets will help or hurt the long-stalled Clarkburg Town Center. Kaplan argues that the outlets will help — if shoppers begin flocking to the area, they’re likely to consider making more than one stop. “The developer of the town center was an early supporter, because any development there is catalytic,” Kaplan said.
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