A new outlet mall is being built in San Ysidro. Diana Guevara spoke to Jason Wells of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, who said the area was hit hard during the recession, but is picking back up now.
Shoppers will soon have another place to score some bargains at the border in San Ysidro.
The developers for the outlet purchased the land when they purchased the space for the Las Americas outlet. But they had to wait after San Ysidro experienced a series of setbacks.
The border community has had a slow recovery. They were not only hit by the recession but also construction at the new border crossing. This has caused a lot of traffic problems in the area.
Now with a new outlet mall in development at the east end and a new shopping plaza to the west, San Ysidro is bouncing back.
The Shamrock Group purchased the lots to build the "Outlets at the Border" and the "Plaza at the border" next door to Las Americas, more than a decade ago. They had to postpone those plans when the recession hit.
Now that things are finally stabilizing, a portion of the phase is underway. San Diegan Mayra Luna says she is looking forward to the expansion.
"It's good I see a lot of stores that I actually have to drive very far to get to and I just noticed that there is one opening here which is great," said Luna.
Meanwhile, Jason Wells with the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce hopes it will help other businesses that are still trying to recover.
“We are an ocean, if you will, here in San Ysidro and that whole rising tide, raising all ships," Wells said. "I'm a firm believer of that. So the more traffic we get to Las Americas and the more traffic we get to the Shamrock additions that is going to be more traffic for San Ysidro."
So far Ross, TJ Maxx and Ulta have signed leases with the "Plaza at the Border," the addition at the west end of Las Americas.
The “Outlets at the Border” are slated to open by this time next year. No word yet on which stores will be there. But according to developers they will be name brand stores.
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