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Outlet Collection at Riverwalk set to open Thursday

Crews will be working around the clock to be ready for Thursday morning. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk opens for business at 10 a.m. with dozens of new shopping opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

The mall along the Mississippi underwent nearly a year of renovations, promising retailers never before seen in the New Orleans market. One of those is Neiman Marcus Last Call, the first in the Gulf South.

With the outlet collection, shoppers will see discounts of 20-65 percent off the everyday price.

Developers believe New Orleans is ready for a shopping center like this.

"I think that it's going to be successful for a number of reasons," said Karyn Kboudi of the Howard Hughes Corporation. "One is that we've really done a lot to bring the locals back into the center. It was a beloved institution but not really very relevant in terms of the merchandise mix and unfortunately, after Katrina, a lot of the nationals left as well, and there was really a need for great shopping to be available once again in downtown New Orleans, in the heart of the city."

The grand opening celebration begins Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and many stores will be offering first weekend sales.

Shoppers who spend $20 at the Riverwalk can get their parking validated and receive a discount for the Whale lot near the World Trade Center.

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