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Old 09-08-2011, 04:42 AM
 
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On a similar topic, what is the attraction of the so-called outlet malls? The newer Cincinnati Premium Outlets near Monroe off I-75 in particular comes to mind. Just how many outlets can any company have unless they specifically create product for them? Then where is the outlet?

A number of years ago there was an enclosed outlet mall at the North end of Kings Island Drive and Kings Mills Rd. It had a large sign very visible from I-71. I assume they expected traffic from Kings Island to be curious and stop there. I went there a few times until I realized the so-called outlet prices where as phony as a two-dollar bill. When it closed the building was converted into offices. For awhile a large national finance outfit utilized it, I believe as a credit card processing center. Then they decided to relocate. I am not sure whether it is currently occupied or mostly empty.

But the Mecca of outlet malls has to be Pigeon Forge Tennessee. After not having been to the Smokeys for a large number of years we decided to rent a cabin and have all the kids and grandkids there for the Christmas Holidays. The cabin was great, 3-stories with a hot tub on each balcony and sleeping accommodations for 25. Since there was extra space we invited the sister-in-law, brother-in-law and some of their grandkids to join us. Then all of the women discovered Pigeon Forge and went nuts. My son and son-in-laws said Dad we appreciate the vacation time you provided for all of us here, but what the wives are spending in these outlet malls is killing us.
They DO create product specifically for the outlet malls. The following quote pretty well sums up what I've read elsewhere:

"The Merchandise Isnít What You Think
The original outlet and factory stores sold overstocked, discontinued items, and imperfect merchandise unfit for retail sale; thatís what made the prices so cheap. But nowadays, the majority of common outlet stores supplement their stock with merchandise created especially for outlet-store sale. These lines carry the brand name, but theyíre made with lower-quality fabrics and cheaper construction techniques. The companies depend on customersí inability to tell the difference between the quality of real designer merchandise and the lower-quality knockoffs carrying the same label. The knockoffs may be cheap, but that cheapness comes at the expense of quality."
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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does anyone know if there was a flyer created for the grand opening of both forest fair and cincinnati mills opening? I have searched online but can't find anything.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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from what i read there's going to be traditional and non going into the mall
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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does anyone know if there was a flyer created for the grand opening of both forest fair and cincinnati mills opening? I have searched online but can't find anything.
In 2004 when Cincinnati Mills "opened" (re-branded from Forest Fair) they mailed out a blitz of "welcome" flyers locally. We are near Lebanon and we received it. Sorry, I didn't keep it. It just looked real generic with some clever graphics.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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In 2004 when Cincinnati Mills "opened" (re-branded from Forest Fair) they mailed out a blitz of "welcome" flyers locally. We are near Lebanon and we received it. Sorry, I didn't keep it. It just looked real generic with some clever graphics.
If anyone kept a flyer from the original Forest Fair opening, they should have long ago discarded it. Maybe someone will respond and say they actually have a flyer and you will get lucky. The Cincinnati Mills was doomed before they even opened. The latest incarnation, Cincinnati Mall is even worse, renamed in what 2008. The occupancy rate has to be about 30%.

I keep reading they will convert it into something other than a shopping mall, like a tourist destination with a motel, restaurants, indoor water park, etc. Yea sure, Kings Island it is not.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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only thing saved it is bass pro shops.. kohls, baby's r us,
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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only thing saved it is bass pro shops.. kohls, baby's r us,
I believe Bass Pro Shops went into the original Parisian store, and Kohls into the B. Altman. Not sure about Baby's R Us. What percentage of occupancy of the total space would you estimate they have?
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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I would say it's well over 30 percent. I haven't been in it in a years, but it was already very empty then. I'm pretty sure the whole side of the mall where Biggs used to be is empty.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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i remember going into forest fair mall
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach
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Timeout On The Court was the s*** when I was a kid. If I died and had to choose between heaven and Timeout, I'd choose Timeout lol.
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