Some popular retail shops are heading to National Harbor in Prince George's County. The waterfront town broke ground Thursday morning on the Tanger Outlets Factory Center. The lucrative project is expected to bring jobs, revenue and brand name shopping to the county.
Over 85 stores, including Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and the Gap will open.
County resident Tina Wolridge says it is long-awaited, accessible shopping.
"We go out of state, and when I say out of state, to Virginia or deep into Maryland, so by it being right here in P.G. County, it's a great thing," she says.
Aubrey Thagard, Prince George's County Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says it's a great addition to National Harbor.
"It's a continuation on the promise that Rushern Baker, County Executive, made two years ago when he took office," says Thagard. "To expand the commercial tax base and attract high-quality retail to Prince George's County."
Thagard says the outlet will also bring millions in tax revenue and jobs. There will be 600 in construction jobs and 1,000 in full and part-time retail positions.
Residents say the outlets are more than just about shopping.
"I think this will be an added benefit to Prince George's County to actually have people come from Virginia or just the DMV area to come and spend money here and show them what Prince George's County has to offer," says Tamara Gibb.
With plans also in the works for a new casino at National Harbor, the Tanger Outlet promises to bring even more life to the area.
"I'm beyond excited, and notwithstanding, I have a business here," Victoria Taylor says. "We run a tour and transportation company right here, so we're excited about the casino and the outlet here."
The outlet stores are expected to open just before Christmas next year.