We always knew one of the favourite things for fellow Brits to do while here was ‘Go Shopping’! and a recent article from the Orlando Sentinel proves it!
According to Sandra Pedicini Shoppers go all out at Orlando outlets
Here are a few snippets about the swing to outlet’s rather than the super size malls and some of the shopping bargains to be had!
Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue (by the old Dolly Parton show) are expanding for the second time in less than five years.
The outlet centers are featuring brands such as Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Tory Burch which is encouraging ‘quality’ bargain hunters.
Many items are overstocked or discontinued and some are part of separate product lines made especially for the lower-priced stores.
Because the outlets are clustered around the theme parks, they do much of their business with tourists, and the weak dollar has encouraged more international shoppers to shop while on vacation.
British tourist Derrith Turner, her husband and two children braved the heat last week at Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Ave., lugging bags with several hundred dollars worth of clothes.
“It’s a lot cheaper than the U.K.,” said Turner, 30, estimating that she had saved about 67 percent.
Even smaller outlets such as Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores are busy.
“When you can buy things for 70 percent off on clearance and it’s good clearance stuff, you’re developing a customer that keeps coming back,” said Terry Lynn Morris, the center’s marketing director.
And outlets have dressed themselves up as time has gone by. Both of Orlando’s major centers have undergone major remodeling projects in the past few years.
67% off ……….. no wonder “Shopping” remains, by far, the favourite UK holiday “Attraction” in Central Florida!