Factory outlet malls, traditionally stores where manufacturers could sell last season’s overstock or defective merchandise, are a US phenomenon. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a groundbreaking retail development within the factory outlet category, could change the way factory outlets operate in the US. For instance, many outlet malls have no interior walkways, but the Fashion Outlets are completely enclosed. Many outlet malls are far away from city centers and only accessible by car, but the Fashion Outlets are accessible by train and are close to O’Hare International Airport. The mall is easily accessible to city dwellers and international travelers alike. These conveniences, among others, may turn the mall into a success story and start a trend of higher-end, easily accessible outlet malls in the United States.
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