Tanger Outlet Mall (Mebane)
As you gear up for your Black Friday shopping, let's talk a little about the all-new highly anticipated Tanger Outlet Mall in Mebane. This place is brand new, and we were all pretty excited it was going in (just in time for the holidays, those geniuses).
Right off of I-40, this was a quick, easy, approximately 40-minute drive for me from Chapel Hill.
There are many big name storefronts here: JCrew, Banana Republic, Nike, Coach, Saks, Guess, Nine West, LOFT, Michael Kors, Van Heusen, Polo Ralph Lauren, and the list goes on. There are over 50 stores here. A seriously good place to "get your shop on."
In the kids department, there are clothing stores and a Toys R Us Express. The clothing stores for kids apparel are: Carter's, The Children's Place, Gap Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, and OshKosh B'gosh.
So one thing that was a surprise was that these aren't all technically outlets. Some are indeed "factory stores" and "outlets," but even though this is a factory outlet center only a proportion of these are actually outlet stores. So watch the store name to see if it is an outlet or not. Thinking that these would all be outlets, Sarah C. and I weren't really "wowed" by the prices. We were "wowed" though by the options and the size of the stores. For example, the Carter's store was big. We've reviewed the one in Morrisville for you, of course, but this one was huge.
The mall is very nice and new. It is an outdoor mall, meaning that the walkways are outdoors. But they are covered from the sun and rain with some very pretty awnings. You aren't protected from the temperature but you are protected from the elements. It makes for nice shopping, in my opinion. It doesn't feel too claustrophobic. And even though the parking lot was jammed pack and there were obviously a lot of people here, we didn't feel crowded out. The mall could handle the people.
For eats, there aren't a lot of options. There is a pretzel shop and stand but for a meal Subway is the only game in town. Because of that it gets crowded. A burger place is going in soon, but isn't up and running yet. I would plan to eat before going or after. And bring snacks and drinks for the kids (although they will probably still beg you for quarters for the candy machines and for a cinnamon sugar pretzel).
For kids, there is a great play place outside on one end of the mall. It is, of course, brand new. It has synthetic ground cover, was generally safe play for kids 2 and up, was big, and covered by huge sail shades. It was pretty and obviously fun for kids of all ages (including one 17 year old I saw doing the slides with his sister). The negative is that the barrier is a low-wall and some plants, and then it is out to parking lot and traffic. So it is really easy for a case of the Runaway Babies to turn scary very fast. Diligent eyes parents! But it makes for a great break from the shopping and strollers for the kids.
Throughout the Outlet Mall there are ride on toys for quarters that are also a big hit.
For Black Friday, stores open at 12am on Thanksgiving night and remain open all night and through til close on Friday without stop. And, of course, there are all kinds of deals to be had on the 26th. Good luck & be safe out there.
Tanger Outlets in Mebane
4000 Arrowhead Blvd (Exit 154 off 1-40/1-85)
Hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday 11 am - 7 pm