The Outlets at Tejon now officially open for business

Today marks the official first day for the Outlets at Tejon.  Retail stores opened to the public at 10 A.M., but eager shoppers arrived hours earlier just to secure a spot in line.

Augie Gutierrez waited outside the new Nike outlet store for four hours marking his place in history.

"I wanted to be the first. I wanted to be remembered here at Tejon for being the first customer, I want to be remembered forever," he said.

The new 320,000 square foot facility is attracting thousands of shoppers as they experience the first outlet center to be built in southern California in over a decade.

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"I got some new shoes. They are 50 percent off, it's a pair I kind of like," said shopper Sean Biscoe.

"I was very curious because I heard a lot of people talking about this place and I wanted to check it out," said Steven Saucedo who visiting the outlets with friends.

The Outlets at Tejon feature more than 70 retail stores and restaurants creating roughly about 2,500 new jobs.

"If this is the beginning and the level of quality and excellence that we strive to achieve and develop at the Outlets at Tejon, then we think it is a very great beginning," said Barry Zoeller of Tejon Ranch Company.

One percent of the sales tax from the Outlets is going to Kern County which comes out to about $16 million dollars a year.

"I think this is very needed in Bakersfield. It's going to bring a lot of attention and a lot of people from out of town to our city," said shopper Charlene Hamilton.

Officials estimate between 200,000 to 250,000 people will visit the Outlets during its opening weekend spending thousands of dollars at their favorite stores.

"I brought like $200, but I'll probably spend maybe $400 or $500, it just depends. It's like my Black Friday," said Alex Carrillo who waited in line for an hour.

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OUTLETS AT TEJON GRAND OPENING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

Saturday, August 9

10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Style Consultations with Celebrity Stylists (between Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren)

10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Face painting, magic tricks and balloon artists and photo booth fun (located adjacent to Pottery Barn Outlet)

11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Money Machine and Prize Giveaways (located by Beale Clock Tower in between A'GACI and The Puma Store)

11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Random Acts of Fashion, surprise style giveaways with celebrity stylist Mark-Alan Harmon

5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

LIVE Music from Twice Around the Sun (located by the Beale Clock Tower)

All Day 

In-store Specials and Activities (see stores for details)

 

Sunday, August 10

10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Style Consultations with Celebrity Stylists (between Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren)

11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

LIVE Mariachi Music from Cielo Azul (located by the Beale Clock Tower)

11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Face painting, magic tricks, and balloon artists and photo booth fun (located adjacent to Pottery Barn Outlet)

3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Entertainment and prize giveaways (located by the Beale Clock Tower)

All Day

In-store Specials and Activities (see stores for details)

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