The granddaddy of the nation’s outlets was Reading, Pennsylvania’s own VF Outlet Center. In 1970, M.O.Lee, then president of VF Corporation, which manufactured Berkshire and Vanity Fair garments, decided to host a one-day sale of excess merchandise. It was a huge success, and another sale was scheduled two weeks later to include merchandise gathered from other sources. This even bigger success was responsible for the launch of the first outlet center in the country, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
VF Outlet Center in Reading
For 50 years, the VF Outlet at the Knitting Mills carried on that tradition centered around Vanity Fair manufactured clothes. From lingerie, sleepwear, men and women’s jeans, rugged work gear and more, they guaranteed you would find something in Reading, Pennsylvania too good to pass up. While the VF Outlet is now closed since December 2020, there are still many great places to shop in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region.
One block over is our West Reading main street showcasing unique boutiques, cafes and even the Chatty Monks Brewing Company. When you’re finished shopping, why not relax sipping some craft beers with your shopping partners.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick
Another magnet for bargain shippers is the Philadelphia Premium Outlets located in Limerick Township in Montgomery County. The huge 553,000-square-foot open air mall features 150 outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, North Face, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
Specialty outlets include Bath & Body Works, Lindt Chocolate, Yankee Candle and the new Swarovski outlet. There are even nearly 25 stores devoted to shoes! All this shopping will fire up your appetite, so take advantage of the outlet’s food court and even a Starbucks to refuel your energy for shopping. The center is open 7 days a week.
Tanger Outlets in Lancaster
Ride through Pennsylvania Dutch country to Tanger Outlets in Lancaster, PA for even more great bargains. The brands you’ll find here include Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Chico’s, Clark’s Bostonian, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap, J. Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Skechers, Timberland, as well as a Movado Company Store. Tanger Outlets is open 7 days a week.
Veteran outlet mall shoppers know that some of the best bargains can often be found in the far corners of the store. And be sure to comparison shop so you’ll know if that 65% off price is a good bargain or not. If you don’t have time to go to the real mall to find out the regular retail price, try a smartphone app like ShopSavvy or RedLaser and compare prices online. Apps like these can be an outlet shopper’s dream come true.
Shop till you drop at these great stores in and just beyond the Reading, PA area. Get in touch with us for more shopping suggestions.