MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino headed in a new direction Thursday, breaking ground on a 300,000-square-foot retail center.
The Mashantucket Pequot tribal casino, fresh off renegotiating sizable debt and competing for a gambling license in Massachusetts, now joins the neighboring Mohegan Sun in broadening the casino brand to include shopping at Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods.
"I call this entertainment for the non-gambling spouse," said Steven B. Tanger, president and chief executive of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. in Greensboro, N.C.
The outlet center will offer more than 80 stores, including American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Nike.
The total investment will be $115 million, he said.
The retail center is set to open by the 2014 Christmas season or early 2015, depending on weather, he said.
It will connect two casino floors, taking advantage of 10 million to 15 million pedestrians a year.