The last thing you may expect to see while driving down I-95 in the middle of Northwest Florida is a giant tower emblazoned with the GUCCI logo. But there it is, right by the side of the road, and it beckons serious shoppers to Florida’s newest luxury shopping outlet in St. Augustine.
This new outlet mall is on the former site of a Belz outlet, which was tired, run-down and frankly full of junk. But it has been re-imagined into a serious mecca for designer bargains, and is now called St. Augustine Outlets.
The main draw for this outlet center is the Gucci Outlet store, one of only 8 in the U.S., and the only one in Florida. This store offers new, authentic Gucci merchandise, at prices of about 50% off retail.
If you’re a Gucci fanatic or need to buy a gift for one, this is the place to go. They have an ever-changing assortment of Gucci handbags, men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage, and more. There are plenty of things to drool over and dream, or splurge and treat yourself!
The rest of the outlet mall is full of hot designer names as well, with new stores continuing to open each month. The discounts at this outlet center tend to be very good, and all of the stores have great selections to choose from. The Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth is especially good, with a large clearance section that’s frequently marked an extra 50% off.
I’ve also made some great finds at the Kate Spade outlet, it’s worth checking out their clearance tables since some of the fine leather wallets and handbags are deeply discounted. I’ve found nice leather wallets for about $39 at this store, and purses for under $100. If you’re in the market for leather handbags and accessories, be sure to also check out the Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, and Dooney & Bourke outlets.
If you’re on the way to, or home from Walt Disney World, this outlet mall is the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs and gifts from the theme parks. Compared to the two Orlando Disney outlets, this store has a MUCH better selection and lower prices.
They have clothing featuring any and all Disney characters and rides, Disney Cruise line logo items, and plenty of Disney toys, all marked 50% to 90% lower than in the theme parks. You’ll even find limited edition Disney merchandise like Giuseppe Armani and Lenox collectible figures, watches, and pin sets.
Next time you’re planning a trip on I-95 in northwest Florida, be sure to fit in a stop at the St. Augustine Outlets on the East side of the interstate. And if that doesn’t satisfy your bargain shopping cravings, there’s another outlet mall, Premium Outlets, right across the street!