As the holiday season quickly approaches, one local outlet mall says they are looking for help. Retailers at the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood, which used to go by the name St. Louis Mills, are looking to fill about 280 seasonal sales jobs. So far they've hired more than 100 workers. Full-time and part-time jobs are still available. According to the mall's general manager, over 3,000 people are employed at its more than 160 stores.
The outlet malls in Chesterfield have been popular attractions since they opened. So popular that one of the two is about to get bigger.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that St. Louis Premium Outlets has filed plans for a 79,000 square-foot expansion--that is enough room for as many as 20 new stores. That would bring the total number of stores to 110. The expansion plan is still under review and needs approval from the city planning commission and city council.
Managers of Taubman Outlets are busy too, they have signed eight new stores.
A new outlet mall opens Thursday in Chesterfield.
St. Louis Premium Outlets will be home to 90 stores and restaurants. The mall will celebrate it's grand opening over four days (Thurs-Sun) with free concerts, Cardinal's autograph sessions, contests and give-aways.
It's the second outlet mall to open in Chesterfield this month. Taubman Prestige Outlets held its grand opening a few weeks ago, reporting more than 135,000 shoppers its first weekend.
More information about Premium Outlets' grand opening events can be found on their website.
The developer of one of the Chesterfield outlet malls has an even larger project planned.
Wolf Properties is one of the key players in the development of St. Louis Premium Outlets. Dean Wolf is the President of the company and says they have ambitious plans for the land next to the mall.
The project is called Chesterfield Blue Valley and it will be a 73-acre multi-use development. Wolf projects that within five years, the development will have a huge economic impact on the region."We're anticipating that the additional sales are about $350 million and the real estate taxes generated are about $24 million", says Wolf
The development is using no TIF funds. Wolf has not announced any businesses who have signed on to be a part of the development, but will when the outlet mall opens on August 22.
The first of two outlet malls scheduled to open in Chesterfield this year, is hosting a job fair.
St. Louis Premium Outlets will have 90 stores who are looking to fill a total of 800 jobs. The event is being held at the DoubleTree on Swingley Ridge Road from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013.
The outlet mall has their grand opening ceremonies starting August 22 and running through the weekend.