National Harbor: Tanger Outlets project has Black Friday deadline

OXON HILL, Md. (WJLA) -- The Tanger Outlets at the National Harbor, with its mix of retail, residential, and restaurants, is trying to break a Black Friday deadline. Just up the hill from the proposed MGM Casino location is the sprawling construction project for the $100 million project.

"Four to five years ago, when the economy was bad, it was just a bleak outlook," says Alvin Fields, one of the 600 construction workers here.

According to Fields, all those jobs plus the 900 retail positions promised when the outlet opens, is giving him a sense of hope.

“Things are picking a lot now," he says. "Construction jobs, which are providing permanent jobs.”

It was less than one year ago in November 2012 that the project broke ground. Many are surprised at a target open date before Thanksgiving.

"Jobs are always excellent, always good," says Bowie resident Andrea Hill. "I think with the casinos and the outlets coming in, it's going to be a great opportunity for residents."

New retail and new jobs are always a plus, according to business consultant Larry Black. But he also points to a common concern in the D.C. area:

“We like the development, but with development comes the negative side. Can you get in, can you get out," he explains.

However, the majority of National Harbor shoppers say they’re pleased with names like Saks, Nike, and Brooks Brothers.

"There's Potomac Mills and there's Leesburg, and they're all a bit farther than this," says Fairfax resident, Gretchen Lynch. "Would be nice to have some outlets closer.