On the outset, it appears to be a large, well-designed outlet mall on the north side of Gainesville, Texas. The website indicates that the mall’s owners are just as tired of high prices as you are. Sounds good, right?
For one thing, it’s difficult to get to if you’re northbound on Interstate 35. The exit there doesn’t have a simple cross-over bridge like many exits do. But still, you can get there.
When you do get there, the first part you’ll see is the food court. My wife and I were hungry when we drove in, so we went straight for the food court. There were places for six or eight restaurants, but all were empty. About half the stores in the outlet mall were either closed for good, or closed early (we were there on a Saturday, which should be prime shopping time).
When I asked the elderly woman at the information desk (located in the food court) if there was a soda vending machine on the premises, she said she didn’t know. When I asked about the lack of anything in the “food” court, she pointed at nearby chain restaurants, looking out the window, and suggested we go get a drink at one of them.
We did step into a book store, which had maybe six recognizable titles (unlike the zero known titles we found in the outlet store in Branson, Missouri), and we bought three books before moving on down the highway.
If you’re dead set on visiting an outlet mall in Texas, please go on down to San Marcos and visit Prime Outlets there. It actually has open stores, and seems to be thriving.