Can We Talk About…. Outlet Malls?

Granted we have begun to have such a concept in Ireland but nothing to the scale of what is available here. Today, I spent the day in the Citadel Outlets and the sheer size and scale of the shopping experience was incredible. It housed all the major brands you require in huge units with plenty of selection including your discounted sale items, as well as some in season on trend items sprinkled throughout.

Given its size you may ask was it not daunting or confusing to navigate throughout but it is superbly laid out in a semi-circle of sorts with small inlets housing even more shopping opportunities. It also provides more than ample parking without compromising the shopper friendly navigation layout of the units.

Usually a let down with an outlet mall is its lack of food offerings especially if this is an all day shopping event. However, at the Citadel Outlets that was just not the case at all with a whole food court waiting to house your tired, worn bodies and overheating credit cards, with a number of offerrings like quick and easy e.g. Subway to more substantial food spots e.g. Ruby’s Diner. And for those with a sweet tooth at two ice cream stands to gorge on, I am sure a key attraction in the summer months but for now in the coolness of December a Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks should warm any body right up.

The only glaring omission I can pull from this shopping oasis is the lack of an Abercrombie or Hollister which are personal favs of mine though American Eagle can fulfill a similar need for me so the blow was somewhat cushioned.

All in all I felt I realised REAL outlet shopping,  I weep for the pale imitations of my homeland.

Sounding off and signing off.

The Sounder Xo


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