Outlet Shopping in St. Augustine

All you need to know about the outlets in St. Augustine and why they're the best place to shop on a budget for miles around!

  • What are the Outlets?

    The outlets are where visitors and locals can go to buy name brand products in an entire store dedicated to sales, discounts, and clearance prices. It’s like a giant “Sale” section for all the places you love to shop. There are two main outlets in St. Augustine and they’re right across from each other, bordering each side of I-95: the St. Augustine Premium Outlets and the St. Augustine Outlets.

    While the Premium Outlets are more like an outdoor shopping strip, the St. Augustine Outlets are a combination, with both indoor and outdoor shopping locations. Both are home to a variety of stores, making each a great place to stop and do some shopping. Unlike a mall, which usually only attracts locals, the outlets are much bigger, and attract a bigger demographic. Visitors to the outlets include St. Augustine locals and vacationers, folks passing through on their way to Disney or back, and even people from across the state. I’ve heard of people that drive from as far as Tallahassee just to enjoy the deals at the outlets for a day, while others will regularly make the 45-minute commute from Jacksonville.

    The Outlets vs. the Regular Stores

    What makes an outlet different from a regular store? Not much. For one, most of the items in outlets are made in the same space that the main line items for a store are made. The only difference is that some items are made specifically for the outlets. For example, J. Crew Factory is an outlet line for the J. Crew Brand. It’s made by the same company, in the same spaces as J. Crew. The only difference is that the prices will be marked down. So if you want to sport a high-end label and save money while doing it, the outlets are the place to accomplish it.

    Outlets are also where inline items are sent to die. (Okay, that’s putting it a little harshly, but anything that is left after clearance is usually sent to the outlets). That’s what makes outlet shopping so awesome. It’s the equivalent to a clearance section that takes up an entire store. Sometimes, outlets have their own clearance section, which is usually located where two universes melt into each other.

    If it’s at the Outlets, is it an Outlet?

    Not necessarily. Some stores are just the inline store, and some are independent businesses that operate from a single location that happens to be at the Outlets. When in doubt, ask a manager or a store associate whether their shop is an outlet or not.

     

    Major Outlet Stores

    (as determined by Alex and Alex alone)

    Premium OutletsSt. Augustine Outlets

    Adidas
    Aeropostale
    American Eagle Outfitters
    Ann Taylor Factory Store
    Banana Republic Factory Store
    Brooks Brothers Factory Store
    Calvin Klein
    Coach
    Eddie Bauer Outlet
    G.H. Bass & Co.
    Gap Factory Store
    Izod
    J.Crew
    Jockey
    Kasper
    Lane Bryant Outlet
    Levi's Outlet Store
    Maidenform
    Nike Factory Store
    Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
    Puma
    Reebok
    Tommy Bahama
    Tommy Hilfiger
    Under Armour
    Van Heusen
    White House Black Market

    American Apparel
    Bath and Body Works Outlet
    BCBGMAXAZRIA Factory Store
    Bealls Outlet
    bebe
    Charlotte Russe
    Cole Haan
    Dooney & Bourke
    Famous Footwear Outlet
    Fossil
    Gucci
    Guess Factory Store
    HUGO BOSS Factory Store
    Hush Puppies Shoes
    Journeys
    kate spade new york
    Kenneth Cole
    LOFT Outlet
    Lucky Brand Jeans
    Michael Kors
    Nautica
    New York & Co.
    PacSun
    Papaya
    rue 21
    Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
    St. John Outlet
    Sunglass Hut
    Talbots Outlet
    Toys R Us Express
    Vanity Fair Outlet
    Wilsons Leather
    Zales Outlet

     

    Parking at the Outlets

    Parking at the outlets can be a little more difficult during the holidays or on weekends. There is parking all along the front of the shopping strip at the Premium outlets, and on three sides of the St. Augustine Outlet. What some people may not know is that if you keep driving past the first entrance to the Premium Outlets from I-95, there’s a back entrance that takes you to the end where the Adidas and Nike stores are. It’s a secret path that is unbeknownst (how often do I get to use THAT word) to the average shopper.

    If parking looks packed at the front of the St. Augustine Outlets, head to the back. There’s an entrance halfway along the mall that takes visitors straight into the food court.

    Dining at the Outlets

    When in doubt, always head to the center or middle of a mall if you’re in search of food. Both the Premium Outlets and the St. Augustine Outlets have food courts at the heart of their operations. Halfway down the strip at the Premium Outlets, there’s an indoor hall with several different food stands to choose from. Across from the food court, there’s also a cool coffee shop called Lori’s coffee to refuel shoppers.

    At the St. Augustine Outlets, the indoor entry behind Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th leads to the food court. Another coffee stand can be found here with plenty of sweet caffeine to tame your shopper’s rage.

    Shopper’s rage (n.): when you see something you like and you think it’s the most amazing thing and you can’t understand why it hasn’t been taken already, but then you go put it on and you hate it. It’s when this happens ten times and it slowly wears you down, but you keep going because the one your heart is longing for is out there somewhere … (I should have just said clothes dating. It’s like dating, but with clothes.)

    There’s also a pretzel shop that’s been at the outlets for years with deliciously evil pretzel dogs. Plus some mandatory mall Chinese take-out that used to be called Lucy Ho’s but now it’s called China Max (There’s a China Max at the Premium Outlets as well).

    But good food isn’t found JUST at the food court. In fact, Rock Mountain Chocolate Factory is probably the most delicious food and it’s not anywhere near the food court at the St. Augustine Outlets .

    Restroom Locations

    Finding the restrooms may be a bit tricky, as they tend to be hidden behind closed doors with little signage. But just as the food courts are always found at the heart of an outlet spread, so are the restrooms. After all, where there is a large Styrofoam cup of Coca-cola, there are people who need to use the restroom very badly.

    There are also restrooms on each of the wings of the St. Augustine Outlets, and at the ends of the Premium Outlets.

    Biggest Outlet Shopping Days

    Black Friday

    The Outlets are the ones who invented the idea of opening up at midnight after Thanksgiving Day (not really, but they certainly make it worthwhile for shoppers). Guests to the St. Augustine Outlets have been known to get goodie bags while supplies last. All the stores put forward their best sales and promotions, and some even include a free gift with purchase.

    Memorial Day Weekend (Weekend before Last Monday of May)

    A day to honor the fallen, this weekend is an American holiday where many escape the stresses and rigors of day-to-day life in order to celebrate our freedom won by those who have fought and died for our prosperity.

    Tax-Free Weekend (First Weekend in August)

    Practically an official holiday for shoppers in Florida, people can get their best prices on clothes and shoes, minus the sales tax on clothes up to $100. This is to ease back-to-school shopping for Florida families.

    Labor Day Weekend (Weekend before First Monday in September)

    What better way to take a break from labor than by spending hours on end walking through stores? Okay, so maybe it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but let’s not pretend that it isn’t a constant struggle to avoid online shopping while we’re at work (we all do it). All day while we’re working, we’re dreaming of spending that moolah, and Labor Day is the day to do it without remorse. We’re worked hard, and it’s good to reward that work once a year.

    What’s In Store for the Outlets?

    No pun intended, but along with having some solid stores that have been around and continue to be around, there’s always new places coming and going. Some major players will stay, while others will leave, and then more major players will come to replace them. I can't speak for which outlets may come and go, but if you see a new store coming or going, let me know by emailing calendar@augustine.com.

    Places to Stay at the Outlets

    There are a ton of great hotels near the outlets for visitors to St. Augustine. The hotels tend to be more economic (since they’re not located in downtown St. Augustine), but are still just a 10 minute drive from the attractions. They’re also close to the interstate if you’re looking to travel to some of the nearby areas, like Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, or Orlando.

    • Wingate by Wyndham: Business travelers to St. Augustine will appreciate the various meeting rooms and technology services to accommodate them, with the nearby outlets providing plenty of places to shop for business attire: ties, belts, shoes, suits, handbags—the works.
    • Comfort Inn & Suites: Guests can get comfortable and soak their feet in the pool after an arduous day of browsing and shopping.
    • Fairfield Inn & Suites: Located right next to the St. Augustine Outlets, these accommodations make a quick shopping trip easy.




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Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Alex Pooler

As Content Editor for VisitStAugustine.com, Alex writes and edits everything from articles to business profiles to events. She likes manatees, orange juice, and getting into a hot car on a scorchingly hot Florida summer day after being in AC for hours.