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Shoppers swarm new Tanger Outlet mall in Mebane

Posted November 5, 2010

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— Looking for bargains required patience in the store and on the road Friday as shoppers swarmed a new outlet mall in Mebane in Alamance County.

Traffic was backed up for more than a mile on Interstate 40/85, both directions, at Mebane Oaks Road, exit 154.

One shopper said she had to park 3 miles away. Others parked along curbs, in the grass or anywhere they could to get to Tanger, which features 80 stores in an open, outdoor setting.

"Just wait until the traffic clears a little bit, then come out and shop. It'll be worth your time," said shopper Pat Morgan.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is warning motorists to be prepared for heavy traffic through the weekend during the grand opening.

Shoppers swarm Mebane's Tanger Outlets Shoppers swarm Mebane's Tanger Outlets

DOT suggested that motorists hoping to avoid the congestion use exit 153 to N.C. Highway 119 to Mebane Oaks Road or exit 157 to Buckhorn Road.

Portable message boards will be operating to advise motorists of congested areas along the interstate. Outlet security will staff parking lots, and Mebane police will manage major intersections to monitor and adjust traffic signals as needed.

Tanger is a big addition to the tax base. Officials say the outlet center will add about $7 million to Alamance County's bottom line. It's also bringing jobs to Mebane. Many of the stores at Tanger are still looking to fill retail positions.

Consumer Reports warns shoppers to do their homework before going to outlet centers. Retailers sometimes offer lower prices, because they sell lower-quality merchandise made especially for the outlet stores.


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  • avidreader Nov 5, 2010

    I would not have gotten in that mess if they told me to fill my car with all I could take.

  • Rolling Along Nov 5, 2010

    @Tom Morrow...if you REALLY want to stimulate the economy spend your money with a locally owned business. They return around 85 cents on the dollar into the local economy. Big box stores less than 65.

  • Justin T. Nov 5, 2010

    I don't know why they named this mall after that terrible movie with Kurt Russel and Sylvester Stallone... Tanger and Cash.

  • piknowles4 Nov 5, 2010

    NYTONC - You might want to hit I-95 and take a left.

  • As if .... Nov 5, 2010

    I wonder if WRAL gets a piece of the "cut" for going on the air and hyping this new monstrosity every chance they get. Oh wait i forgot about the State Fair ...never mind

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 5, 2010


  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 5, 2010

    melwatson, I wish I could....too bad Mebane doesnt have that many "ther ways"...lol....Small town now burdened with a big problem...hopefully just temporary.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Nov 5, 2010

    I can't stand going to the Tanger Outlet in Myrtle Beach, so I sure won't be caught at the one in Mebane.

    Besides, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. People need to get a life!

  • melwatson74 Nov 5, 2010

    I heard the exits have been closed at 119 and mebane oak rd due to the traffic bacause it was unsafe. If you live in Mebane go another way.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 5, 2010

    I cant believe people actually took off work to "shop". I just want to get home and I hope it doesnt take an hour to just get off the exit.