Located conveniently off the New York State Thruway, lies Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Center. The Simon owned property recently underwent a $100 million renovation and looks amazing. Besides the cosmetic changes to building exteriors, they have added other decorative touches like the fountained sign pictured above.
The outlet center features 220 stores and includes a variety of shops from Gap Factory to Gucci and everything in between. The stores are housed in five different neighborhoods: Hudson Valley, Hamptons, Adirondacks, Saratoga and Niagara. Each neighborhood is labeled and has directories, like the one below, listing all the stores.
If you are a AAA member, you can stop by any information desk and pick up a free coupon booklet.
Whereas parking used to be a problem on super busy holiday weekends, the outlet now has a three story parking garage in addition to numerous parking lots.
Don’t worry where you park, as there is a free shuttle service that stops at all the neighborhoods.
Children’s retailers include Carter’s, The Children Place Outlet, Disney Store Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, and Polo Ralph Lauren Children’s Factory Store. The Gap Outlet, J. Crew Factory and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH also sell children’s clothing.
For fans of designer bags, Woodbury Common has you covered. There is Coach, Coach Men’s, Dooney & Burke, Kate Spade New York, Vera Bradley and more. Designer fashion includes Armani, Balenciaga, Bebe, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Escada, Fendi, Gucci, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos, La Perla, Michael Kors, Prada, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Ted Baker London, Theory, Thomas Pink, Tory Burch and more. I couldn’t tell you how the prices compare to regular retail, because I don’t shop at these stores!
My favorite outlets to shop in are the Banana Republic Factory Store, the Gap Outlet, the J. Crew Factory and LOFT Outlet. I also like the Nine West Outlet for shoes. My kids love the Skechers and Converse outlets as well as the Disney Store outlet.
I was not joking when I noted in the title “For All Your Shopping Needs.” Besides the expected clothing, shoe and designer bag shops, Woodbury Common also has many jewelry and watch stores including Pandora, Fossil, Citizen Watch Company, Zales Outlet and TAG Heuer. Plus, there are luggage stores (including Samsonite, Tumi), housewares (Corningware, Frette, Le Creuset), make-up (including BareMinerals, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Elizabeth Arden) as well as Yankee Candle, Vitamin World, Bose, a Toys “R” Us Outlet, Bose and both a Godiva Chocolatier and a Lindt Chocolate.
Of course will all the shopping you’re doing, you are going to get hungry. The recent renovation includes Market Hall, a new food court which houses several eateries including an Au Bon Pain, Chipotle, Cinnabon, Kung Pao Wok, Pinkberry, Melt Shop, Tony & Benny’s and a Pret A Manger.
Besides the Applebee’s that has always been there, new sit-down dining options include a Shake Shack and a YO! Sushi.
So, now you’re ready to come to Woodbury Common and start shopping! Here are some things to keep in mind:
This is an outdoor shopping center. Keep the weather forecast in mind when planning your trip. As you can see from my pictures, our most recent visit was on an overcast day.
This place is huge! With 220+ outlets, you will NOT be able to get to every store during a one day visit. Check out the directory before visiting and make a list of the outlets that you definitely want to get to.
Keep in mind that these are outlets. Most stores carry out of season, overstock, irregular merchandise, etc. Don’t expect to find the same merchandise that you see at the brand’s regular retail stores.
Some outlets like Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Store have their own lines of clothing that are never sold at the regular retail stores.
It is important to note that The Children’s Place Outlet differs from The Children’s Place retail store and does not accept retail Children’s Place coupons. However, they do accept outlet specific coupons, which are noted as such.
From our personal experience, outlets accept store credit cards (at least this is true for The Children’s Place and Gap/Banana Republic).
Labor Day is coming up, so expect BIG sales and lots of crowds during the holiday weekend!
What is your favorite outlet store to shop at?