Outlet mall coming to Tejon Ranch?

Outlet mall coming to Tejon Ranch?
TEJON RANCH, Calif. (KBAK - KBFX) -- Shopaholics in Bakersfield may soon have a new place to shop.

"We are seriously exploring the prospect of building The Outlets at Tejon Ranch," Tejon Ranch spokesperson Barry Zoeller said.

The outlet center will be located east of the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center at the bottom of the grapevine. Renderings of the center have already been created.

"We've been meeting with tenants and potential retailers. We've been doing market research to determine whether or not the center will be successful, if there is a market for it and whether there is retailer interest," Zoeller said.

The Outlets at Tejon Ranch will give shoppers an experience that is the first to be offered in Kern County.

"Think of all of the outlet stores that you typically see in California or around the country. Those are the retailers we are talking to and the response is very, very positive," Zoeller said.

Phase one of the center will be approximately 320 thousand square feet, or 70 to 75 stores. Once the entire center is completed it will be well over 500 thousand square feet. But as for the date when the center will be built, that has yet to be seen.

"We think it will be great for the county but we are not yet ready officially to make an announcement in regards to timing. We don't want to excite people and give them a date and have that date slip," Zoeller said.

To follow the progress of The Outlets at Tejon Ranch you can sign up for e-mail updates on their website at www.outletsattejonranch.com.