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Old 03-21-2016, 10:57 PM
 
Location: St. Paul, MN
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I just made my first visit to the Eagan Premium Outlets on Tuesday morning. I was very disappointed. The prices at these so called outlet stores were often higher than thier identical counterparts scattered around the twin cities. During my two hours there, most of the stores I visited had no other customers. And as a matter of fact, there were only a dozen or so other visitors walking up and down the mall. The building is beautiful... clean and modern and new. But if the prices are high and the customers are few, how will this place survive?
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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I agree that prices at outlets aren't always a bargain or less costly then their full store counterparts, especially at upscale brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren. That said, I think the Eagan Outlets as a whole are very nice and generate plenty of customers due to its location (close to both central cities) and design (I think its circular layout makes it easier to walk around and navigate than other Outlets such as Albertville). You happened to visit on a random Tuesday during the week so I'm sure it was quiet since many people were likely at work or school, but I'm willing to bet there are significantly larger crowds during warm weather weekends.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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I hate that all outlet malls have terrible food. It's usually a few corporate foodservice run places disguised as chain restaurants. Eagan is no different...
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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I hate that all outlet malls have terrible food. It's usually a few corporate foodservice run places disguised as chain restaurants. Eagan is no different...
I never visited Eagan Outlets, but a Korean place across Silver Bell Rd. is rather good - certainly not a chain one.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:35 AM
 
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I never visited Eagan Outlets, but a Korean place across Silver Bell Rd. is rather good - certainly not a chain one.

I love Hoban, just went there last week! Our son is Korean, so we eat lots of Korean food. I'm excited to try Hoban's new uptown location that actually has BBQ at the table
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Here and there
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We did not care for the Outlet, either. Went on a beautiful Saturday. It was so busy, chaotic, and so high priced!
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:24 AM
 
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I went there one day in December when it was really cold out. I was freezing my ass off and was one of the only ones walking around. I think I spent about 20 minutes before I gave up and left.

How these outdoor lifestyle centers can survive in a place like here is completely beyond me. Developers do realize that this isn't LA or Palm Beach, don't they? I guess I just don't think like everyone else who must see a beautiful day and say to themselves "Man it's the most beautiful day outside, lets go shopping at the lifestyle center".
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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I went last summer and saw an ugly sweater at Sak's Off Fifth that was originally $2,500 on clearance for $200. Wow. Just wow.
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