Great Lakes Crossing welcomes Canuck shoppers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.
When Great Lakes Crossing opened in 1998 in suburban Detroit, the shopping centre was a trendsetter.
And, it's still on the leading edge with an innovative design and concept that blend values with entertainment.
Mall owner, Taubman Centers Inc., soon realized the outlet prices and amenities were a big draw for Canadians who make a run for the border for a shop 'til they drop and fun getaway.
Now, 12 years later we found it's getting a makeover with new stores launching on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
"Great Lakes Crossing has become a most popular destination for Canadians and at times make up to 40% of our visitors," said Karen Mac Donald, Taubman's communications director.
It's Michigan's premier shopping centre with many stores not found in Canada let alone the state and many big names are being added to the list, said Kimberly Savona, general manager.
Home to more than 160 stores, restaurants and entertainment options, it has a "single level, easily accessible racetrack design" where you start at one spot and keep walking to end up in the same place 1.6 kilometres later.
"Great Lakes Crossing celebrates the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 9 to 11, and our Columbus Day with giveaways, entertainment, special discounts and more," said Melissa Morang, marketing director.
Shop early as the first 1,000 people at Entry One each day receive a $20 gift card and tote bag (age 16 and older).
There will be "retailer discounts and special offers exclusively for this celebration," entertainment including music, crafts and children's events.
We found many stores had discount prices they then further reduced.
Staff members were knowledgeable about their products and made it a point to thank us for shopping with them. funds in advance as there's just one place exchanging Canadian dollars, Gateway Newstands, at a 20% premium. Credit and debit cards worked well.
A big bonus was the extra discount provided at about 90 stores and eateries through the Visitors Savings Pass available free for Canadians and anyone from at least 80 kilometres away.
It saved us another $35 on shoe purchases at the Clarks store and did I mention the meagre Michigan sales tax of only 6%New arrivals include Banana jewellery pandora Republic Factory Store, Bar Louie, Calvin Klein Company Store, Chico's Outlet, Coach Factory, Crocs, Dakota Watch Company, Forever 21 and HUGO BOSS Factory Store.
There's also Lik Gelato Bar, Lord Taylor Outlet (first outside New Jersey), Michael Kors Outlet, Movado Company Store, Olga's Market Fresh Grille, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Stride Rite Outlet and a Talbots Outlet.
We enjoyed a visit to country singer Toby Keith's I Love This Bar Grill for a margarita, pulled pork on a bun and live show but passed on riding the mechanical bull.
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The hotel has an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, room refrigerators, free Internet and breakfast.
Courtyard's "Escape! Shopping Package" to Partridge Creek from $97 nightly includes a $25 gift certificate and breakfast for two. customs officials checking their trunks for weapons, meat sandwiches or people hiding australia pandora charm there.
Returning to Canada was easy and we were asked the routine question about any cigarettes and liquor purchases.
Great Lakes Crossing is at 4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills, MI, off I 75 between Baldwin Rd.
(Exit 84) and Joslyn Rd. (Exit 83). It's 30 minutes north of Detroit and about 45 minutes southwest of Port Huron.
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