BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Outlets at Tejon officially open Thursday at 10am, but during a special VIP preview party thousands of shoppers had the chance to buy before anybody else.
"Welcome in. Welcome in," said A'GACI store manager, Michael Mumphrey.
Mumphrey greeted new customers and promised there's something for everybody at his new store at the outlets.
Hundreds of people walkl through the store doors within the first hour filling their bags and experiencing shopping at the outlets.
"I'm very excited because it's the first time we are in this market," he said.
More than three thousand people waited in line for an exclusive first look at all the stores. Cindy Silas was among the first shoppers.
"I'm excited for all the stores. One of my favorites is Banana Republic," she said.
"I'm excited about Pottery Barn," said shopper, Cat Morris.
People are getting the VIP treatment with freebies and plenty of entertainment. Some even arrived in limos to take advantage of all the great deals.
"It's my first time being here since it was half complete. It looks a lot of different and it's awesome," said shopper, Chance Ezell.
More than 70 retail stores and restaurants are now at the outlets but it's not just about all the shopping.
"I think it's special, we're really thankful for being part of it and we're excited and the anticipation is growing," said Amy Raddatz of CASA.
Seven non-profits including five in Bakersfield are benefiting from the outlets VIP preview party with each raising about $12,000 for programs and services. Once the outlets officially open the community will also feel the benefits.
"Look at the number of people that just wanted to come. This is going to be a good tax base for the county," said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
Employees spent weeks training and preparing to open their stores, many say they're ready for this weekend.
"I'm ready for it. I'm well-trained and just waiting to see everybody and make sure everyone is happy," said Christian Brown, a new outlet store employee.
The Outlets at Tejon official open August 7th at 10 a.m.
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