Thanks to Lynn Olanoff and Matt Assad for this tip. Even my FMIL - who knows a lot about these things but is smart enough not to share before her client's news goes public - wouldn't dish about the stores earlier this week.
Talbots, Guess and Nine West are among the 30-35 stores opening in the Bethlehem Outlet Mall in the next year. There will also be at least one more full-service restaurant inside the shopping center.
Ariej and I made a run on the Tannersville Outlets a little over a month ago, mostly for work attire but I also found some great bags at Coach for a steal. Since it was a weekday, the center was pretty quiet, despite some impressive sales. On the weekends, the parking lot is packed with cars bearing New York and New Jersey license plates, and the stores and sidewalks are full of shoppers toting multiple bags on strollers, wheelchairs and any free appendage.
In response to Alyssa's question, I would love to see Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Ann Taylor outlets like the ones in Tannersville. The outlets in Leesburg, VA, near Washington, D.C., include Pottery Barn, Le Creuset and Williams Sonoma outlet stores. When I shopped there, the stores were full of seasonal decor, gift items and beautiful housewares. Great deals on furniture, too.
That still leaves lots of room for a Trader Joe's outlet (just sayin').