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New Outlet Mall Opens: Is It Worth the Drive?

And how do you feel about out-of-town shopping when we also want to support our local business community?


The grand opening of Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley drew a huge crowd and celebration to that city Thursday.

The outlets feature , just off Interstate 580.

If you want to check out the hoopla, here are some planned special events.

Friday, Nov.9: Open 10 a.m. to midnight

  • Limited-time offers, merchant giveaways, prize sweepstakes and entertainment

Saturday, Nov. 10: Open 10 a.m. to midnight

  • Limited-time offers, merchant giveaways, prize sweepstakes and entertainment
  • 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association’s Sunset, Sip & Shop event

Sunday, Nov. 11: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Limited-time offers, merchant giveaways, prize sweepstakes and entertainment. Shoppera are invited to join the Privilege Club at www.paragonoutletsLV.com. Becoming a member entitles shoppers to a complimentary VIP Coupon Book worth hundreds of dollars in extra savings, a Paragon official said.  

Are curious enough to make the drive? Do you regularly shop out-of-town? Where and why? How do you feel about supporting local business? Sound off in the comments.

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al November 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I'd love to support more local businesses if the types of businesses I want to frequent would ever open shop in SL. They rarely do even when I write, call, email, and beg. As far a s grocery stores, we have three Safeways, yet Trader Joe's and Sprouts refuse to open a location here. I know as I've written both multiple times only to get kiss off letters. SL has almost almost no good restaurants yet really bad restaurants open up all the time and then wonder why they can't make it. You can see evidence of this on the corner of Bancroft and Dutton. Thankfully we at least have a Nordstrom Rack.
Sarah Nash November 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Good luck, Livermore. This must have been planned in optimist boom time because I can't see bothering with the gas and traffic for outlet stores.
Suzette McD November 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I support our neighbors creating hopeful economic stability. The majority of businesses are large retailers we wouldn't have in San Leandro and are a reasonable community investment. Do I wish San Leandro would adopt even a smaller version? Hell yes! As an independent contractor I'd be sustained by the added foot traffic and higher socio economic level of money walking into my borders.
Ken Briggs November 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
so , it,s a new outlet . a lot of lookie lous , now that gas came down a little so people got nothing else to do but see whats so great about it .. but then why did all these new stores show up at the new mall for ? maybe because of the parking , more stores at one place . but then look at Bayfair maybe the rents are so high thatv people are looking for better deals . I wish I could find a good shoe store around here in San Leandro .


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