Phoenix Premium Outlets Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the Phoenix Premium Outlets on March 27, 2012. From left: Jonathon Thomas, Steven Dworkin, Barney Enos Jr., Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, Mark Silverstri,Gov. Gregory Mendoza, Christopher Mendoza, Dale Gutenson.

Groundbreaking for the Phoenix Premium Outlets on March 27, 2012. From left: Jonathon Thomas, Steven Dworkin, Barney Enos Jr., Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, Mark Silverstri,Gov. Gregory Mendoza, Christopher Mendoza, Dale Gutenson.

CHANDLER- The Phoenix Premium Outlets groundbreaking ceremony, held on March 27, 2012, marked the completion of one phase and the start of another for GRIC and Simon Property Group.

Gov. Gregory Mendoza and Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis signed the lease agreement with Simon Property Group on Jan. 19, 2012 and 68 days later, with hard hats and gold-painted shovels, they broke ground together on the property adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. “For Simon [Property Group], this represents a very important milestone,” said Mark Silvestri, Executive Vice President – Real Estate, Simon Property Group.

The milestone culminates in a spring 2013 opening when the 360,000-square-foot property will house approximately 90 outlet stores. “The Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass will be a premiere addition to an already stellar destination here within Arizona,” said Barney Enos Jr., Council Representative, District 4.

Simon specializes in upscale outlet centers with 70 centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Asia. “The outlet business has grown so that we’re the world leader in outlet shopping centers,” Silvestri said.

Gov. Mendoza said the outlets compliment the sites at Wild Horse Pass. “We are proud to add the Phoenix Premium Outlets to the family attractions of our community.”

Steven Dworkin, Senior Vice President of Development, Simon Property Group, echoed Mendoza’s sentiments. “We’re excited to be part of everything here at Wild Horse Pass.”

Dworkin thanked GRIC for their collaboration. “We’d like to thank the entire Gila River Indian Community for their support,” and “in addition I’d like to thank the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority for working with our team,” Dworkin said.

As part of a fact sheet dispensed at the groundbreaking, Simon projects over $140 million in annual retail sales and approximately $11 million in annual sales tax revenue.

Dworkin estimated the center would generate over 500 construction jobs and 800 to 1000 full time and part time jobs once the center opens.
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