The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk (500 Port of New Orleans Place) celebrates its grand opening today, just in time to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Having undergone an $80 million renovation, the 250,000-square-foot outlet mall is the latest in a spate of downtown retail development projects, which includes the recently opened H&M and Tiffany and Co.
“New Orleans is seeing a retail boom across the city and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is more proof of that success,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated in a press release. “Riverwalk symbolizes the attractiveness of our city to investors and national brands; it shows the growth of our economy by creating 1,600 permanent jobs and supports the revitalization of our riverfront by adding a remarkable retail experience for both residents and visitors.”
The first outlet collection located in a downtown area, the Riverwalk brings more than 1,600 jobs from 75 national and local retailers including Coach Factory Store, Coach Men's Factory Store, Forever 21 and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.
“Today is the culmination of thinking big and collaboration,” said David R. Weinreb, chief executive officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The redevelopment represents the imaginative thinking that is one of the cornerstones of The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s transformation is helping secure the city’s growing reputation as a fashion destination for locals and visitors that is as vibrant and exciting as the City of New Orleans.”
To celebrate, Gambit and Riverwalk have partnered for Indulge at the Riverwalk, a special shopping event from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 23. There will be after-hours shopping, discounts, drinks and refreshments. The Junior League of New Orleans will collect clothing donations. Tickets are free, but attendees must register online.