On the Road: Outlet Shopping

By Liz Horton - bio l email

It's only natural that morning news anchor and fashionista, Christine Nelson chose a shopping adventure for her pick. This week we headed south of the border to Gaffney to the Prime Outlets. Our goal was to see how much we could get for fifty dollars.

Leesa Bodden the marketing manager showed us around. She says you can save up to sixty percent off regular retail prices. "It's definitely worth the trek over here... It's really not that far, Bodden said"

Conveniently located off I-85 at exit 90, this shopping center is home to more than seventy stores. Christine and I started our day at Dress Barn. They had deals up to 50 percent off of the outlet prices. We were amazed at how the savings added up. " So many great deals you can get for fifty dollars," remarked Nelson.

Men and women of all sizes can find something here. Christina Bogan is the manager at Catherine's. She says they are always running a sale. "Right now all of our clearance is buy one get one free...we have some fantastic deals."

Those deals are multiplied with the coupon possibilities. Sign up for their Prime my closet program, and get weekly deals online. Or, get a coupon book with hundreds of dollars of savings inside. Coupon books are free to AAA members and one dollar to prime my closet members. Even without the coupons, the savings are significant. We had a blast and fell under budget.


START:  Charlotte, NC US

1. Start out going SOUTHWEST on S TRYON ST toward W 4TH ST.  (go 0.5 miles)

2. Turn RIGHT onto W HILL ST.  (go 0.1 miles)

3. Merge onto I-277 S/US-74 W.  (go 0.9 miles)

4. Merge onto FREEDOM DR via EXIT 1A toward US-29/NC-27.  (go 2.5 miles)

5. Merge onto I-85 S via the ramp on the LEFT toward GASTONIA  (go 51.1 miles)

6. Take the SC-105 exit, EXIT 90, toward GAFFNEY.  (go 0.3 miles)

7. Turn RIGHT onto SC-S-11-81.  (go 0.0 miles)

8. Turn LEFT onto NANCY CREEK RD/SC-S-11-440.  (go 0.0 miles)

9. Turn LEFT onto FACTORY SHOPS BLVD.  (go 0.2 miles)

10. 1 FACTORY SHOPS BLVD is on the RIGHT.  (go 0.0 miles)

END:  Prime Outlets At Gaffney, 1 Factory Shops Blvd, Gaffney, SC 29341 US

TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 1 hour | DISTANCE: 55.69 miles