Outlet mall preps for opening
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By Michelle Babcock

mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com

WOODSTOCK — Construction on the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta continues, and companies are still looking to hire as the mall prepares to open to the public July 18.

Gina Slechta, vice president of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties, said more than 1,000 people are on site working daily to complete the outlet mall, which now has about 90 stores and has leased about 98 percent of the internal space.

“We have our own radio station,” Slechta said. “So when customers come to the shopping center, they can come to the food court, they can go to the jukebox … they can choose the music that they want to listen to while they’re here shopping at the shopping center.”

The 370,000-square-foot food court will have wireless Internet access, power outlets for recharging electronics and a three-story playground for children.

Slechta said there are still companies looking to hire and train employees before the opening next month. She said there will be temporary openings for jobs such as stocking and window cleaning, and urged job seekers to continue checking the company’s website for online postings.

During a pre-opening walk through, Slechta explained the reason behind the name for the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta that are located in Woodstock.

“If you are from Woodstock, Ga., and you go to another state,” Slechta said. “Will you say you’re from Woodstock, or will you say you’re from Atlanta? You’ll say you’re from Atlanta because that’s something people can relate to.”

Slechta said the outlet mall was built like a racetrack, so it would be easy for visitors to walk past all of the shops. Parts of the walkway are covered with special roofs that will provide cooler temperatures outside by as much as 20 degrees.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public and will take place in the center court of the shopping center at 10 a.m. July 18. The outlet mall will also have a ticketed VIP event July 17 to benefit Woodstock’s Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

“Before we open the shopping center up to the public, it’s our goal and desire to give back to the city of Woodstock; they’ve been great to us,” Slechta said. “We are working with Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. This is a group that does amazing things for the community.”

Slechta said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. She said there will be live entertainment, and a raffle for about $10,000 in merchandise that has been donated by shops in the mall.

“(There will be) entertainment in every corner of the shopping center,” Slechta said. “It will just be a very special evening for people to attend.”

There are two types of tickets available for the VIP event, standard VIP tickets are $10 each and executive VIP tickets are $100 and cover two people. Slechta said the executive ticket allows visitors to enter into a concierge area that will provide free drinks and appetizers.

An unlimited amount of tickets are available for purchase online. Visit www.elmstreetarts.org and click on the “Outlet Mall VIP Event” tab at the top of the page.

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