Not-Philadelphia Premium Outlets

I received an e-mail from J Crew today announcing their factory outlet in Philadelphia. I was immediately very excited, they’re one of few places that makes clothes that actually fit me properly and generally disgustingly overpriced. A factory outlet nearby would be perfect!

Then I read more closely. The Philadelphia Premium Outlets are actually in Limerick, PA. Not only is the name terribly misleading, they go on to say they’re approximately 35 minutes from downtown. That’s quite the approximation, the only way one could get there in 35 minutes is if it were 3:00 AM. The way 76 jams up the realistic travel time is much closer to an hour and a half. At that point it may make more sense to go the extra 20 miles to the Jackson Premium Outlets near Six Flags instead.

My excitement is now squished.

4 Comments so far

  1. kenneth hamilton (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    So, people out here in the boonies don’t deserve an outlet facility? Bourgeois capitalist!

  2. cactuscowgirl (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    I agree the name is misleading, perhaps they should have named the new shopping location Montco Premium Oulets. However, the location is good for the greater Pottstown/Limerick area, it is providing jobs/tourism, which is much needed in this local.

  3. kristen mccabe (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    I went to these outlets on Saturday and what a NIGHTMARE. I will NEVER go back. I exoected it to be busy – BUT the parkin situation was brutal. I hear they were supposed to have 5,000 spots and had less than half that. The logistics of this place are horrifying. I am an accountant and I could have done a better job. They allow only two entrances to the parking lot and one of the two roads in is a tiny little side street. It took us an hour and 45 minutes just to get in the parking lot. We could not find a spot and had to park about a 5 minute walk away..

    The prices are NOT outlet prices. The only stores that were remotely discounted were Puma, Aldo, BCBG, and Banana. This is both horrible and amusing but here goes. I went into the Under Armour “outlet.” There were winter running pants with an orange price tag over the original price tag. The orange price tag said 39.99..I don’t usually splurge on running gear and wanted to see how much of a bargain that was so I tried to peel the orange sticker off. The original price was 29.99…$10 cheaper!!! HAHA.. I ried peelng a few more off just to be sure but they really had them on there so that when you pulled the sticker off you pulled the original price off as well.

    I will NEVER go back there. I find much better quality and discounts and parking and service at Filene’s Basement in Springfield PA.

    This place is not worth your hard earned money…

  4. jen (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    wow, thanks for the review/warning!

    i agree this is great for jobs in the locale, but the name is very misleading. it’s like naming the jackson outlets in new jersey the “new york city premium outlets.” i wonder if they were trying to dissasociate from the nuclear power plant.

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