on August 4, 2012
About mid-way between the towns of Mansfield and Franklin, Massachusetts, just south of Interstate 495 you’ll find the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets; one of the largest factory outlet malls in New England.The mall is laid out in simple fashion with five parallel streets connecting the parking lot to the East with the main North-South promenade (Wrentham Street) to the West. The grounds are very well maintained and immaculately clean.All the walkways along the storefronts are covered, but you cannot complete an entire circuit of the mall sheltered from the elements as there are no canopies connecting one side of a street to another. A suggestion would be to connect all the East-West streets on the parking lot side and covering the North and South ends of Wrentham Street. The resulting circuit (south down main street and then back and forth on each side street) would be about 1.5 miles or 2.5 km of precipitation-proof window shopping.From a purely shopper’s point of view the mall has quite a lot to offer:-Clothing: nearly six-dozen stores including all the big names such as Guess, Gap, Levi’s, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.-For Kids: a little over a dozen mostly clothing outlets, including Carter’s, Oshkosh, Stride Rite, Gap for Kids and a Disney Store Outlet.-Sportswear and shoes: over two dozen choices including: Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Crocs and Timberland.-Jewelry and Accessories: again, over two dozen stores such as Coach, Fossil, Movado, Samsonite and Swarovski.-House and Kitchen Wares were also well-represented with brands like Calphalon, Le Creuset and Williams-Sonoma-Restaurants and Snacks: for a complete meal or just a caffeine-fix there are over a dozen options, including: Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin Donuts, Green Mountain Coffee and Ruby Tuesday. For a cool treat on a hot day check out Richie’s Italian Ice stand, dead center on Wrentham Street opposite DKNY. All flavors are great but Mango and Blue Raspberry are particularly good.My only complaint is that for parents minding kids there isn’t a whole lot to do besides walk the plaza. Sure there are a bunch of coin-operated kiddie rides and claw cranes, but if you are planning to spend two hours plus at the mall while the other half does the shopping make sure to bring along your own entertainment.I liked: lots of parking, clean & safe environment and decent dining options.Wife liked: shopping, shopping, deals and shopping.Kids liked: kiddie rides (for about 10 minutes), Italian Ice, Disney Store.TIP: before visiting this or any other Premium Outlets Mall become a member of their online VIP Club to get emails on specials and freebies such as the VIP coupon book (normally five dollars).
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