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Outlet Mall to build 80-store center in Grand Rapids suburb

Sep 20th, 2013 - Local News

(Mlive) Byron Township-- Tanger Factory Outlet Mall Inc has set its eyes on a Grand Rapids suburb.

The national outlet mall chain is moving ahead with plans to build an 80-store outlet in Byron Township at the site of the former Dome World. The enclosed sports and recreation center, at 84th Street and U.S. 131, has been vacant since the business closed a few years ago.

Township Supervisor Audrey Nevins Weiss says outlet mall could be open as soon as 2015, with construction beginning in a year.

The project heads to the planning commission next month for review because the site is already zoned commercial.

The project is fast-tracked because Tanger already has a commitment from retailers for 80 percent of the space, well over the company’s 50 percent minimum rule.

Tanger operates 48 outlet malls across the country including two locations in Michigan.

The closest is in Howell, and where its a landmark along the I-96 highway between Lansing and Detroit.

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