BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Outlets at Tejon are now open.
The 320,000-square-foot center, featuring more than 70 retailers and restaurants, is just south of Bakersfield near the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 99.
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Officials with the center said they expect between 200,000 and 250,000 shoppers during the opening weekend, counting Thursday and Friday.
Tejon Ranch Co. officials said 65 million people annually drive the highway that runs along the 43-acre site, with 3.2 million people living within an hour drive.
A Phase II is expected and could be finished before the end of next year, officials said.
The center created 2,500 jobs, counting temporary construction work, according to Tejon officials.