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By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com
Shopping madness begins at TampaPremium Outlets in a shop til you drop hol-iday extravaganza.
The outlet mall, which is experiencing itsfirst holiday season, will open onThanksgiving at 6 p.m., and will continuous-ly operate through Black Friday, until 10p.m.
Mall hours the rest of the weekend willbe from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., on Nov. 28 andfrom 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., on Nov. 29.
While shoppers are expected to flock tothe outlet mall which had a splashyopening at the end of October local busi-nesses may pick up some spinoff trade.
Local shops are already reporting thattheir cash registers are ringing up moresales.
Ive already seen it, said JeremyQuijano, manager of Kona Swim Bike Run,
at 27217 State Road 56. The triathlon shop isa short hop from the outlet mall, at the inter-change of Interstate 75 and State Road 56.
Quijano said a man came in the shopafter dropping off his wife at the outlet mall.He put his focus on buying sports gear noton hours of outlet mall shopping. Im goingto have some fun, Quijano said the mantold him.
The outlet mall is one half of a retailbookend that could bring more visibility tolocally owned and operated shops.
Another customer told Quijano that hewas driving past heading from The Shops atWiregrass to Tampa Premium Outlets whenhe spotted Kona.
I never knew you were here, the cus-tomer said.
Before and during the grand opening,Hampton Inn & Suites saw a boost in reser-vations as the malls developer, Simon
By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com
The GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival an event thats attracted around 30,000 peo-ple in recent years has been canceledbecause of a possible sinkhole in a road atLake Park.
Signs on Van Dyke Road and North DaleMabry Highway let people know that theshow has been canceled, and news releaseshave been sent out to help spread the word.
Hillsborough County Park Rangers havediscovered a sinkhole which has recentlyopened on the main ingress/egress roadwayinto the park, and due to safety concernsand liability issues, the county has deemedthe road unusable until remedial measurescan be taken, according to a news releasefrom the womans club.
The problem with the road could not befixed in time for the 36th annual show,scheduled for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, said ShirleySimmons, the art shows co-director.
Were all disappointed, Simmons said.The womans club did not find out
about the problem until it was too late tofind an alternative venue that was largeenough to accommodate the show,Simmons said.
So, for the first time in more than threedecades, the show wont go on.
The popular event has been a draw forvendors from all over the country, and has
By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com
As Black Friday approaches, shopperswill scour advertisements for deals and mapout a strategy to make the most of savings.
And this year, for the first time in PascoCounty history, consumers will be able toshop at an outlet mall and a traditional mallwithin 2 miles of each other.
There was a time when the prospect ofhaving a new mall so nearby would havebeen a cause for concern, said GregLenners, general manager at The Shops atWiregrass.
But, that was when plans called for a tra-ditional mall on the land where TampaPremium Outlets opened on Oct. 29.
The landscape of Wesley Chapel haschanged dramatically in the seven yearssince The Shops at Wiregrass opened,Lenners said.
Back then, State Road 56 ended at themalls entrance to Dillards, and Bruce B.Downs was a two-lane road.
Now, the area is popping.
State Road 56 has been extended toMeadow Pointe Boulevard, with a proposalto make it four lanes all the way toZephyrhills. Bruce B. Downs is now a six-lane road.
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opened3 years ago, is undergoing a $78 millionexpansion, 2 years ahead of schedule.
Plus, Lenners noted, theres an 85,000-square-foot medical office building going upnext door, Pasco-Hernando State Collegeopened its Porter Campus at WiregrassRanch down the street, and there are about1,000 homes under construction within a 3-mile ring of the mall.
Youve got Estancia. Youve got TheRidge. Seven Oaks has got a lot of develop-ment. Youve got Arbor Woods. StandardPacific has a couple of developments onMeadow Pointe, as well, and youve got allthat coming by the mall, Lenners said.
All of this is happening in our backyard,everything east of (Interstate) 75, he said.
The primary customers at The Shops atWiregrass are between the ages of 25 and44, Lenners said. The average annual house-
hold income ranges from $85,000 to$90,000. And, the malls annual performancehas improved every year since it opened,Lenners said.
The general manager doesnt viewTampa Premium Outlets as competition tobe feared.
Instead, he said, its a perfect comple-ment to what we have.
An outlet center typically draws cus-tomers from roughly a 50-mile radius,Lenners said, His mall draws from a 10-milering.
The retail expert expects TampaPremium Outlets longer reach to bringmore people into the area, with some of
Cash registers jingle at Tampa Premium Outlets
Lutz Arts & Crafts Show canceled
See CRAFTS, page13A
A gift for shoppers: Two malls within 2 miles
Shoppers are expected to turn out in fullforce this holiday season at The Shops atWiregrass.
B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOSGreg Lenners, general manager at The Shops at Wiregrass, said the shopping mall expects to benefit from the nearby location of TampaPremium Outlets. The outlet center will bring more people into the area, and some will likely visit his mall, he said.
See SHOPPERS, page13A
See OUTLETS, page13A
FILE PHOTOTampa Premium Outlets is having a shop tilyou drop holiday extravaganza during itsfirst holiday season.
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Parents oppose proposed Elem W boundariesBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com
Scores of parents from the communitiesof Arbor Woods and Northwood are op-posed to proposed school boundaries thatwould send their children from their WesleyChapel community over to Denham OaksElementary, in Lutz.