Celebrating Canada’s First Premium Outlet Centre – Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills

On August 1, I joined Mayor Rick Bonnette and crowds of shoppers in helping celebrate the opening of Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, a new retail complex that will bring visitors from all over the Province.outlet mall 2

Toronto Premium Outlets is a 50/50 joint venture company between Simon Property Group, Inc. and Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust. This is the first Premium outlet in Canada, and new home to 85 stores including: Banana Republic, Bench, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Hudson’s Bay Outlet, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and many more.

According to the launch organizers, the Halton Hills Grand Opening was the most successful Premium Outlet opening in North America in terms of revenue dollars and number of shoppers.

Halton is home to over 12,000 active businesses and I am proud that Toronto Premium Outlets have chosen to call Halton home.  About 800 construction jobs were created to build the mall which will employ 500 people on an ongoing basis.

cropped outlet mallThis new endeavour will also boost Halton’s tourism market, offering Shop and Stay packages sure to attract visitors to Halton who otherwise may have driven across the border.

Halton Regional Council is committed to promoting a strong and healthy economy where businesses can thrive and prosper. One of the priority areas identified in the Region’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan is Attracting and Retaining Jobs. To help achieve this goal, Halton Region’s Economic Development Strategy was formed and serves as an essential component to improving employment opportunities across the Region and creating economic prosperity.

Region is proud to have Toronto Premium Outlets as part of our community. Together we make Halton a great place to live, shop, work, raise a family and retire.

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