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August 16, 2009

Top 10 Outlet Stores in America

Each of these bargain hubs has its own distinct hook that keeps shoppers coming back for more.

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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, NY

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1. Chicago Premium Outlets
1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard
Aurora, IL
(630) 585-2200
The Draw: Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Diesel are just a few of the brands that savvy visitors can score for way less than their original prices at the 120 outlet stores in this center, located 45 minutes west of the Windy City. Bonus: Check the website for hotel discounts, too.

2. Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA
(951) 849-6641
The Draw: Surrounded by mountains, practically a coconut’s throw from the famed Palm Springs resorts, this center is a West Coast mainstay. Inside, shoppers snag reduced-price finds from Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, and other top designer labels.

3. Houston Premium Outlets
29300 Hempstead Road
Cypress, TX
(281) 304-5820
The Draw: This newbie on the outlet scene keeps shoppers happy with stores like Nine West, Elie Tahari, and Ann Taylor Factory under its bustling roof. For even more savings, join the VIP Shopper Club on the website for exclusive coupons and updates.

4. Las Vegas Premium Outlets
875 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 474-7500
The Draw: Just five minutes off the Strip, this is one of the largest outlet centers in the U.S. Among the 150 stores, you’ll find Polo Ralph Lauren, True Religion, and Lacoste—all good spots to blow your casino winnings.

5. North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 Highway 400 South
Dawsonville, GA
(706) 216-3609
The Draw: A quaint Georgian village setting greets visitors shopping for Calvin Klein, Pottery Barn, Cole Haan, and more than 130 others at this hot spot, located just 45 minutes north of Atlanta.

6. Philadelphia Premium Outlets
18 West Lightcap Road
Limerick, PA
(610) 495-9000
The Draw: Take a break from all of those Philly cheesesteaks and head over to this recently expanded outlet center. It’s loaded with stores like French Connection, Puma, and Neiman Marcus Last Call, so you’re sure to burn off the calories.

7. Seattle Premium Outlets
10600 Quil Ceda Boulevard
Tulalip, WA
(360) 654-3000
The Draw: Hit up this outlet mall where Kenneth Cole, Restoration Hardware, J.Crew, and other stores offer their merchandise at prices that’ll make you forget about that Seattle rain.

8. Waikele Premium Outlets
94-790 Lumiaina Street
Waipahu, HI
(808) 676-5656
The Draw: Say aloha to outlet shopping in Hawaii at a mall well worth a mini hiatus from the beach. You’ll find LeSportsac, MaxMara, Coach, and other stores that will leave you with enough cash to buy a round of Mai Tais later.

9. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY
(845) 928-4000
The Draw: This outlet giant— home to 220 stores—has earned legendary status among city-dwelling fashionistas who want high fashion on the cheap. An hour north of NYC, it features Betsey Johnson, Chanel, M Missoni, Swarovski, and Theory.

10. Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Boulevard
Wrentham, MA
(508) 384-0600
The Draw: After drooling over full-priced items along Boston’s Newbury Street, make the quick trip (just 35 minutes south of the city) to one of the 170 stores at this retail center. At Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, or Banana Republic, you’ll find similar (if not the exact same) goods at half the price.

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