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Outlet mall in Mebane opens Friday

Posted November 1, 2010

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— Mebane is preparing for the influx of traffic expected when the Tanger Outlet Center opens there on Friday.

The outlet mall, just off Interstate 85, will welcome celebrities and shoppers for its inaugural weekend beginning with a ribbon cutting at noon on Friday.

Mebane police plan to have eight off-duty officers guiding traffic along Mebane Oaks Road and on the interstate ramps, according to Assistant Chief Allen Byrd.

State troopers will keep an eye on interstate traffic but do not expect any significant back-ups, Trooper Greg Ingram said.

Tanger's developer spent about $1 million to widen the ramps from the interstate at Mebane Oaks Road and improve Arrowhead Boulevard, which is where Tanger is located.

Those who wish to avoid any shopping center congestion are advised to use U.S. Highway 70 through downtown Mebane.

Nearby businesses are already seeing a boost from the new neighbor. A McDonald's on Mebane Oaks Road got a makeover, including a new facade and double drive-thru lanes, said owner Cliff Haley.

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  • bonsai827deadbeat Nov 2, 2010

    We are spending the night at a hotel Thurs. night so we can get in and park close! Can't wait!
    rosie48

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bonsai827deadbeat Nov 2, 2010

    They killed a fun golf course
    ncmickey

    that course was so poorly maintained anyway......

  • bonsai827deadbeat Nov 2, 2010

    wow, who paid you to run a story on this???????

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 1, 2010

    ncmickey....1 turn lane into the "outlet mall" from I85W. 1 turn lane and 1 lane back across the interstate to go east on I85. Congestion with Wal-Mart traffic, no alternate enterances into the "mall" if there are any they are poorly marked if marked at all. Congestion into the Shell station the Hess station and the Sheets will turn the interstate interchange into a nightmare.

    ncmickey you can see it from the interstate you just can't get to it

  • ncmickey Nov 1, 2010

    Its 4 feet from I85.... wont effect Mebane traffic at all....

  • ncmickey Nov 1, 2010

    They killed a fun golf course

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 1, 2010

    p007t...if you can get there (you better leave now) Sara Evans is preforming this weekend. Us locals will be leaving town or trying to find a different way out of town

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 1, 2010

    beware of major traffic problems getting into and out of this "outlet extravaganza". The state and local government have not built the proper road system to handle this boondoggle

  • rosie48 Nov 1, 2010

    We are spending the night at a hotel Thurs. night so we can get in and park close! Can't wait!

  • p007t Nov 1, 2010

    Their website appears to be down. Let's not all apply for a job there at the same time :) - Actually I'm interested in which celebrities will be making an appearance.