Photo And Story By: Randy Lewis
The Cincinnati Premium Outletsí mall In Monroe is now open for business. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place Thursday, August 6, 2009 just after 9am in the main square. MainStreetMonroe.com was there to witness the long awaited event. If the first day of business is any indication of things to be expected, then Monroe should see a lot of traffic pass through their town; which will lead to more money for the already flourishing city.
The new 400,000 square-foot upscale outlet center is home to 100 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering an impressive variety of merchandise including designer and name-brand apparel for women, men and children, shoes, fashion accessories, high quality leather goods, housewares, gifts and more.
Shoppers will enjoy a single level outdoor village with architectural details that create a pleasant, upscale atmosphere. While pedestrian courtyards are outdoors, there is sufficient coverage to provide all-weather shopping comfort. Individual outlet stores are reminiscent of boutiques found in the finest shopping districts of the world and the "racetrack" design is easy to shop.
The new mall will be hosting several events over the weekend to celebrate its opening. Saturday, August 8, 2009 will feature radio station WGRR-FM broadcasting live from 10:30am to noon, The West Chester Symphony Orchestra will be preforming from 2:00pm to 3:30pm rounded out The MainStream Band ; playing classics from the 60's, 70's & 80's.
There is one store inside the new mall that should catch any Monroe citizens eye, and that is Riley's Furniture. Riley's is the only local store in the mall. Riley's has opened an outlet store inside the new mall to give people a better chance to come in and see what all they have to offer.
The new mall has brought 850 to 1,000 new jobs to the area, with more to come as new stores open.