Woodburn outlet expansion aims to create jobs

Woodburn outlet expansion aims to create jobs

WOODBURN, Ore. - Creating jobs and providing shopping, Woodburn is aiming to please by adding stores.

The popular Woodburn Company Stores will expand by 39,000 square feet. In total, 14 stores are going to be added.

That means Aerosols, Yankee Candle, Crocs and Charlottee Russe, to name a few, will be opening their doors at the outlet mall.

Even Asics and Helzburg Diamonds are bringing their first outlet stores ever to Woodburn. These two stores will be the first in the entire United States. The Disney Store is joining in too, opening its first outlet in Oregon.

General Manager Kristy Kummer-Pred said it's not just boosting the economy but in the short term it's also creating jobs.

"We have about a thousand employees here now, full or part time, so with another fourteen stores, figure another couple hundred people at least, full time," she said.

Right now teams of contractors work to make the targeted opening day, which is Labor Day. Then the rest should be opened by this fall.

Project Superintendent Nate Weide is just hoping they can be finished in time.

"Coming down to the last two weeks is gonna be really stressful," he said.

Click here for the total list of new Woodburn Outlet stores.