“Hey, honey, wanna go to Cabela’s?” is a phrase women hear all too often any given Saturday, particularly during hunting season. Considering the underwhelming population of exuberant female shoppers in the store, it's safe to guess the request is commonly denied or, at best, negotiated with the promise of cinnamon almonds and a big ol’ tub of buttery pretzels.
Fast-forward this same scenario to November 2012 and the grand opening of the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, a 225,000 square foot, 50-store shoppers paradise just of I-15 in Lehi. Within a short walking distance from Cabela’s, you’re there.
“This is not your grandmother’s outlet,” says Teri Sunderland, General Manager of the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. “This is a place that [people] will love and not visit one store, two stores or even three stores, [they will] plan it as a destination.”
With factory store tenants like Nike, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Calvin Klein, OshKosh B’gosh, Chico’s, Gymboree, Carter’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Skechers, Van Heusen, Vans, Izod, Famous Footwear, Bass, Levi's and newcomers Le Creuset, GoLite and Under Armour, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
So what of the outlets we already have over the mountain in Park City? “This is nothing like that,” says Steven Craig, President and CEO of outlet development firm Craig Realty Group. “While we’ll have some of the same stores and some different stores, what we’ve added is creating a space to have a superior experience.”
The heated outdoor walkways between storefronts will be covered with glass skylights, and a large common area will feature a 50-foot fireplace, making winter shopping that much more enjoyable. Come November, the inner courtyard will feature a 100-foot live Christmas tree, which will be lit at the Grand Opening on November 15.
A few restaurants are also expected, along with options for tide-me-overs at Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
So who cares if your husband wants to spend the day at Cabela’s? With a place like this in your grasp, we say let him.