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Patrick Center August 22, 2014 | WGVU In the air the sound of pomp and circumstance mixed with the roar of steam shovels moving earth.“I want everybody to take a deep breath. That’s diesel fuel.”The smell of success for Tanger Factory Outlet Center’s President and CEO, Steve Tanger.“You gotta love the smell of diesel fuel and dirt flying in the air because some people may look at it one way but we look at it as economic development.”For Tanger it’ll mean 80 upscale retailers paying rent when the factory outlet opens in fall of 2015. For Byron Township its 300 construction jobs now and over 1,000 full and part-time positions when it opens next year. For the area, its additional sales tax revenue estimated at $7.35 million.“I’m here because this is a really big deal.”That kind of tax revenue attracting Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley.“It is a game changer for Byron Center. It is a game changer for the entire prosperity region, for west Michigan and for Michigan as a whole.”“Tanger outlets are major tourist destinations and attractions that welcome more than 185 million shoppers every year to our facilities.A total of 45 located in 26 states and Canada. So far this year, tenants have sold more than $4 billion in merchandise.Tanger says buying from the manufacturer saves consumers 30 – 70 percent of the retail price.
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