Milwaukee is a great destination for scoring deals at outlet shops. Whether you prefer to stay in the city and browse wares at major national retailers such as Restoration Hardware, Lands' End and Sears, or smaller and regional retailers like Boston Store, Bay View Packing and Klement's Sausage, or maybe venture out to other cities in the region to outlet malls, there are quite a few options. You might land a discount on a washing machine at Sears, scoop up brats for a cook-out party from Klement's Sausage, or find apparel on the discount racks to broaden the options in your closet. Want to wander beyond Milwaukee? Outlet malls within 90 minutes of downtown Milwaukee are found in Pleasant Prairie, Johnson Creek, Baraboo, and Appleton.
Restoration Hardware Outlet
When Restoration Hardware Outlet popped up in the Third Ward—previously it was in the Premium Outlets in Pleasant Prairie—in February of 2016 locals rejoiced at the fact that the company’s high-end, monochromatic furnishings, linens, and hardware are now nearby. Whether you crave a distressed-leather stuffed armchair or a set of sheets for the guest room, it's all here. Be prepared to rummage, though, for particular sizes of sheets, for example, or hardware. But it's all worth the time you'll invest as the savings are nearly 50% off.
24 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee (Historic Third Ward)
Ninety retailers have outlet shops are at the Pleasant Prairie location of Premium Outlets, including UGG Australia, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Coach, St. John, J. Crew, and Polo Ralph Lauren. At Johnson Creek, you can find athletic wear at Adidas and Under Armour, and designer women’s apparel at Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor Factory Store, and Talbots Outlet. It’s not uncommon for these stores to offer a store-wide 30%-50% off savings off of the lowest ticketed price. A few fast-food restaurants are located at the Pleasant Prairie location, as well as The Chancery Pub & Restaurant, a full-service restaurant inside the nearby Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, across the street from the outlet mall.
11211 120th Ave., Pleasant Prairie; and 575 Linmar Lane, Johnson Creek.
Boston Store Clearance Center
An offshoot of Boston Store—a Midwest-based department store—Boston Store Clearance Center sells what you might expect at a Boston Store location. So if you’re a fan of the retailer’s Yellow Dot specials in-store, then you’ll love an entire store full of them. Apparel and shoes for children, men and women, as well as numerous home items like linens, plates, and bowls, and luggage. While the selection is hit or miss, there are often toys, too.
5659 S. 27th St., Milwaukee (South Side).
Klement's Sausage Outlet Store
What: Klement’s Sausage Outlet Store
Where: 2650 S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View).
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
If you’re local, then you already know how delicious Klement Sausage’s products are—brats, smoked sausages, summer sausages, sausage snack-sticks and more are all produced by this local company. Tourists often get to know the company via a very unconventional means: the Famous Racings Sausages, at Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers’ home field. Prices here are considerably lower than you'd find at local retailers so don't hesitate to stock up! Many of the sausage products at Klement’s Sausage Outlet Store are ideal for long-haul travel by plane, in case you aren't local and wish to take them home as souvenirs.
Lands' End Inlets
They may be called "inlets" but they're really "outlets." venture to the back of the store and you'll find off-season clothing, shoes, swimwear, knit outerwear, winter, and spring jackets, and yes, even the brand's signature cloth tote-bags. Sizing spans women's, men's and kid's sizes. Near the front of the store is the same merchandise you'll find via the Dodgeville, Wisconsin-based retailer's print catalog and website.
17925 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield; and 8777 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point.
Both the Wauwatosa location and the Cudahy location carry dishwashers, washers and dryers, and stoves. Furniture (both indoor and outdoor), lawn and garden tools (such as lawnmowers), and mattresses are also sold at the outlets. Through the website, you can check inventory at the stores so that you know what to expect upon arrival—or entice you to head there immediately if you see what you want. Listed above the outlet price on the outlet’s website is the list price, which spells out the savings.
3203 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa; and 6045 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy.