Prince George’s County job-seekers will have an opportunity to vie for about 900 full-time and part-time positions at National Harbor’s upcoming Tanger Outlets starting with a Sept. 17 job fair.
The mall will have more than 85 brand name and designer stores when it opens in November, said Quentin Pell, Tanger Outlets spokesman.
The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road in Fort Washington. Shuttles will be available from the Rosecroft Raceway to help with parking, said Queen Moore, Tanger Outlets office administrator.
“It will be a very powerful shot in the arm for us in the creation of new jobs,” said David Iannucci, assistant deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure.
Iannucci said the mall will bring in shoppers from around the area and also satisfy the needs of Prince George’s County residents who have been calling for high-quality stores for some time.
Rick Tyler of Temple Hills said he planned on helping residents in and around Temple Hills by distributing job fair information, but decided not to after seeing a job fair flier didn’t have specific job information.
“When they advertised the job fair they didn’t say what stores would be there,” Tyler said. “People won’t know whether they want to apply for a job or not.”
Specific details on the stores and specific types of jobs will not be available until about a day before the job fair, said Moore, adding that information on specific stores would not be released because not every store is finalized yet.
Some of the announced stores that will be calling the National Harbor location home include Michael Kors, a Coach Factory and Calvin Klein, according to the outlet mall’s online directory. The mall’s Facebook page has announced a new store each week since June 12.
“I’m impressed,” Iannucci said. “There will probably be more than two dozen stores this county has sought for a while.”
Kettering resident Arthur Turner said he was pleased by the stores announced so far, but he wished a list would be released to the public because it was hard keeping up with the Facebook posts.
“It’s important to know who has been inked,” Turner said. “Upscale is a subjective term.”
Turner said the stores that have been announced are the high-quality stores he was hoping would come to the outlet.
“We want to create an excuse for other people from other areas to come to Prince George’s County and spend their money,” Turner said.