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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

By Maksim Apelfeld on August 27, 2014

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike Factory Store.

The company behind this new project, North-Carolina based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, currently runs 45 outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. So you can expect a similar array of retailers in the Ottawa Outlets, as you would find in their American counterparts across the border.

So what does this mean for the average Ottawa shopper? As the first major outlet centre in Ottawa, the opening of the Tanger Outlets is going to shake up the retail dynamic in our City. Currently the furthest west the average Ottawa shopper will venture out is Bayshore Shopping Centre. The Tanger Outlets will likely change that, as more shoppers from all across the City will make their way west, not to mention those coming in from the surrounding area and Gatineau.

The factory outlet mall in progress. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Construction of the Ottawa outlet site. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.


This could be great news for the committed shoppers that make the periodic trek to New York State in search of good deals, although it will remain to be seen how prices will compare to the outlet centre in the States. At the very least, a trip to Kanata is definitely more convenient than a three-and-a-half hour drive to Waterloo, NY.

It would be interesting to see the impact of the new Outlets on the existing major retail centres in the City: Bayshore, Rideau Centre and St. Laurent Mall. All three malls are currently undergoing major renovation and expansion projects. Looking at the bigger picture, the Kanata Outlets are just one in a chain of major retail moves that are going on in our city as we speak. Tune in next week to see what else is in the works for the Ottawa retail scene.

Maksim Apelfeld is a contributing photographer for Ground Floor Photography, a local, Ottawa-based blog and online print shop, specializing in fine-art photographic prints for home décor.