Medford Outlet Center,


Location: 58 miles south of Minneapolis on I-35, between Faribault and Owatonna

Debut: 1991

Formerly known as: Horizon Outlet Center and Preferred Outlets

Stores: 34

Vacancies: 6

Brands: Gap, Eddie Bauer, Wilson's Leather, Bath & Body Works, Christopher & Banks, Old Navy, Nike, Gymboree

New stores: Coach, Curly Girlz candy opens later this month, and a 50-seat restaurant called Urban Bistro will open in the expanded Urban Finds store Oct. 1.

Closed stores: Liz Claiborne, Faribault Woolen Mills, A Bag Lady, Devold Norwegian Sweaters, Koret of California, Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, Geoffrey Beene, Bonworth, Toys 'R' Us.

Average household income within 30 miles: $67,069

Number of vehicles passing daily on I-35: 31,500

North Branch Outlets, 651-674-5886

Location: 40 miles north of Minneapolis on I-35 and Hwy. 95

Debut: 1992

Formerly known as: Tanger Outlet Center

Stores: 27

Vacancies: 2

Brands: Dressbarn, Maurices, Wilson's Leather Outlet, Zales Diamond Outlet, Gap, Old Navy, BonWorth, Nike, Bass

New stores: Toys 'R' Us (2013), Justice and Rue 21 (2012)

Closed stores: Levi's, Liz Claiborne, Reebok, Koret of California

Average household income within 25 miles: $81,666

Number of vehicles passing daily on I-35: 35,000


Premium outlets albertville, 763-497-1911

Location: 15 miles northwest of Maple Grove on I-94

Debut: 2000

Formerly known as: Outlets at Albertville

Stores: 100 (49 at opening)

Vacancies: 7

Brands: Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Under Armour, Crocs, Carter's, OshKosh, Le Creuset, Bose and Harry & David

New stores: Jos. A. Bank, Finish Line athletic wear, Ugg, Lululemon, Pebble Boutique, K Fashion, Lindt Chocolate

Closed stores: Brooks Brothers, Etienne Aigner, Bombay Outlet, Waterford Wedgwood, Coldwater Creek, Guess Kids (merged into Guess store), Ecko, Wicked Cheap, Trade Secret

Average household income within 30 miles: $81,705

Number of vehicles passing daily on I-94: 65,000


Prime Outlets of Woodbury: Opened at I-94 and County Rd. 19 in Woodbury in 1992. It opened with 30 stores — including brands of Eddie Bauer, Spiegel, Hush Puppies, Sara Lee, WestPoint Stevens, Kasper, Black Hills Gold, London Fog — and had nearly 50 at its peak. The mall was razed in 2004. A Wal-Mart is on the site now.

John Ewoldt