If you're looking for an outlet mall in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, you're going to need to plan a road trip. However, there are three fabulous outlet malls within an half hour to hour and a half drive depending on which side of the Triangle you live on. Why not find a friend, plan a marathon shopping day, and enjoy!
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If you live on the western side of the Triangle, this is probably your most convenient outlet mall. Built in 2010, this complex focuses on upscale shopping. The 75 store outlet houses brands include Coach, Michael Kors, Guess, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, BCBG, and more. If you're going to make a day of it, beware that there are few food choices within the complex. However, there are a few ok places to grab a bite across the street.
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The Concord Mills Mall is top of the line when it comes to outlet malls. It's located about an hour and a half from Raleigh, in Concord, NC (about 45 mins. north of Charlotte, NC). Concord Mills is home to over 200 stores, including outlets and specialty stores, including a Bass Pro Shop. Entertainment includes Dave & Busters, AMC Movie Theaters, and a NASCAR SpeedPark.
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The Carolina Premium Outlet shopping center is located in Smithfield, NC, about half an hour from Raleigh and about an hour from Chapel Hill. It's very close to the junction of I-40 and I-95. This is the closest "good" outlet mall to the eastern side of the Triangle. Carolina Premium Outlets is home to over 80 upmarket outlets, including Banana Republic, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap and Brooks Brothers. Carolina Premium Outlets also has a VIP shoppers club that offers special promotions and coupons to its members. The club is free to join, and you can join it online.
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This is one of only two Nordstrom Rack outlets in North Carolina. The other is in Charlotte. Located across from the Streets at Southpoint in Durham (where there is a regular Nordstom), Nordstrom Rack offers a wide selection of apparel, accessories, and shoes from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com at reduced prices, as well as special value items purchased just for Nordstrom Rack.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Burlington Outlet Village, formerly known as The Burlington Manufacturers Outlet Center is located in Burlington, NC, just a few exits down I-40 from either Raleigh or Durham. Burlington Outlet Village is home to about 20 outlet stores, including a Hanes Mills outlet, and a Pepperidge Farm outlet. I don't recommend a special trip to Burlington Outlet Village because there just aren't enough stores to make it worthwhile. However, if you're in Burlington anyway, it might be worth stopping in.