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ELIZABETH, NJ – June 8, 2012— Jersey Gardens Mall and Glimcher Realty unveiled The Outlet Collection™ brand at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Global Retail Real Estate Convention (RECon).

Jersey Gardens, the largest outlet center in New Jersey, will become The Outlet Collection │ Jersey Gardens. According to Glimcher, this was “designed to signify an upscale, premium collection of quality outlet retailers, while also representing the transformation from hybrid outlets to pure outlets.”

“More than a decade ago, a garbage dump was transformed into a successful shopping destination and now it will embark on a $30 million dollar renovation project, making it even bigger,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “With more than 200 shops and restaurants, it continues to exceed expectations and bring 15 million people to Our City annually. This renovation, which includes both internal and external enhancements, will be enough to attract even more visitors to Elizabeth.”

Renovations at Jersey Gardens will begin this summer, and will include new flooring, lighting, as well as new concourse furniture and interior signage. Family restrooms, consistent with a four star hotel, will be added and a new dining emporium will bring in more authentic dining options. Wi-Fi hotspots will also be added. Revitalized entries to encourage easier access will also be completed to incorporate the new name and branding at all entrance points.

As part of the redevelopment, the mall will add the largest Tommy Hilfiger outlet store in the world as well as tenants like The Puma Store, True Religion Brand Jeans, G by Guess and The Lego Store. The mall is currently anchored by Lord & Taylor Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

The overall look of the center will have a more fashion feel, with an exterior entrance inspired by the white glass box facade of Louis Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue flagship. Glimcher said the shopping experience at the redone centers will be that of “a fashion mall at outlet prices.”

“Jersey Gardens is constantly improving their look and feel, earlier this year they completed a 4.8-megawatt SunPower rooftop solar system, which consists of more than 15,000 high efficiency solar panels.” said Councilman of the First Ward, Manny Grova. “The renovations to the mall will continue to help make Elizabeth the premiere weekend destination for those who choose to shop, dine and visit.”

Glimcher began development of Jersey Gardens in 1997, and the mall opened in 1999. Close to New York City, Jersey Gardens is the largest outlet mall in New Jersey and a major tourist attraction. The mall sees approximately 18 million visitors a year from more than 160 countries.