TEXAS CITY — Don’t look now, but there’s a new Sixth Street in Texas City, and it’s nowhere near downtown. When the 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets open today, shoppers will notice that the center is divided into four “streets” meant as a tip of the hat to its hometown of Texas City and the nearby beach playground of Galveston.
Sixth Street, which is home to Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, White House-Black Market, Ann Taylor Factory Store and The Nike Factory Store, is an homage to Texas City’s retail center of old, while Heritage Street pays tribute to the city’s Heritage Park.
Beach Street and Strand Street are there as tributes to Galveston, Tanger Outlets’ manager Aimee Braswell said.
The local touches continue with a city of Texas City flag flying out front as well as an American flag and a plaque Tanger dedicated to the veterans of Galveston County near the Banana Republic Factory Store.
The coastal theme is evident as soon as you walk through one of the main corridor entrances. The concrete entryways are colored to resemble beach sand and have impressions of seahorses, seashells and starfish.
As crews put the finishing touches on the center Thursday, it was evident that it is designed to be more than just a shopping point.
“The goal was to have the outlets feel like a lifestyle,” center architect Frankie Campione of Create Architecture Planning and Design said as he shot video of the finished product. “The intent was to bring upscale discount and kick it up a notch. For us, this was the opportunity to do that.”
Braswell said workers burned the midnight oil Wednesday and worked through the day Thursday in advance of the soft-opening and today’s grand opening, including hanging lights on the trees throughout.
“This place will look spectacular at night,” Braswell said.
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