June 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

New outlet mall proposed near Detroit Metro Airport

Outlets of Michigan will feature about 75 retail shops and is set to open in 2016. (New England Development)

A 325,000-square-foot outlet mall is planned near Detroit Metro Airport.

Massachusetts-based New England Development announced Wednesday plans to develop Outlets of Michigan on Interstate 94 in Romulus, opposite the airport. It will feature about 75 retail shops and will open in 2016.

“The center’s location in this market is ideal,” Douglass Karp, executive vice president of New England Development, said in a statement. “Outlets of Michigan is located on the major highway between Chicago and Detroit, directly opposite Detroit Metro Airport, and is the closest outlet center in Michigan to the Canadian border.”

New England Development hopes to bring in customers from Canada, Chicago and college towns like Ann Arbor.

“The Outlets of Michigan is a great example of growth and positive change that is coming to the City of Romulus,” Romulus Mayor LeRoy D. Burcroff said in a statement. “A 325,000-square-foot high-end outlet mall is just what our region needed and we are pleased that New England Development has chosen Romulus for the development.”

He agreed Romulus’ location is ideal for the mall.

“Businesses that locate in our community often take advantage of Romulus’ reputation as a transportation hub, including access to both I-94 and I-275,” Burcroff said. “The Outlets of Michigan will be a destination for people who live nearby, those that pass through the city and shoppers from upwards of an hour away. We’re excited about the impact this facility will have on our community and our region. We look forward to working with New England Development in the months and years ahead.”

The new outlet center will likely face some competition from Southland Mall, about 10 miles away in nearby Taylor.

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