Woodbury Common presents expansion plans to Orange County Chamber
CENTRAL VALLEY. Outlets officials say the expansion would create 998 jobs at the center, plus 1,600 construction jobs and 400 indirect or induced jobs.


Source: Woodbury Common Premium outletWoodbury Common presents expansion plans to Orange County ChamberCENTRAL VALLEY. Outlets officials say the expansion would create 998 jobs at the center, plus 1,400 construction jobs and 400 indirect or induced jobs.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets outlined new details of its proposed expansion that will bolster tourism and job creation for the region.
The center’s plans were unveiled at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast held Thursday, May 9, at Woodbury Common’s Market Hall.
Woodbury Common attracts more than 13 million visitors annually. Home to more than 250 retailers offering daily savings of up to 65 percent, the center has become a major tourism driver for the region and New York State.
Proposed
To maintain its commitment to enhancing and elevating its customers’ shopping experience, Woodbury Common has proposed plans that include:
• Approximately 165,000 square feet of additional retail space.
• An increase in parking with the addition of a five-level parking garage and expansion of the existing four-level parking garage. In total, more than 2,140 new parking spaces will be created.
• Pads for two 120-room hotels, a spa facility to serve patrons of Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and 37,000 square feet of restaurant space.
• Upgraded customer amenities and sustainability initiatives.
Jobs
At the breakfast, Woodbury Common representatives cited data from AKRF, Inc., a leading environmental, planning and engineering consulting firm, predicting enormous economic spinoffs from the center’s proposed plans.
The economic benefits of the proposed renovations include the creation of 998 additional jobs at the center as well as approximately 400 indirect and induced jobs and more than 1,600 construction jobs over the two-year project.
Tax revenue
The proposed expansion will generate both direct and indirect tax revenues, including an additional $22.51 million in retail sales taxes annually including $12.10 million for Orange County, $9.2 million for New York State and $1.21 million for MTA during operations.
Comments
“New projects such as this are one of the reasons why economic development in Orange County continues to flourish,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “The thriving tourism scene offers visitors and residents access to world-class shopping experiences, unparalleled dining and unique family-friendly attractions that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.”
Mike Oates, President and CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Corp., said: “Woodbury Common is one of the region’s most powerful economic drivers. This expansion will greatly advantage the entire Hudson Valley with job creation and increased tourism.”
“The benefits of this project will extend beyond Woodbury Common itself,” said Lynn Allen Cione, Orange County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “The creation of nearly 1,000 new jobs offers employment opportunities for local residents, the increased property value and sales tax will generate additional revenue at the county and state levels, and the increased tourism to the region will create ancillary benefits for neighboring businesses.”
“The proposed expansion of Woodbury Common is an exciting venture for the entire county,” said Amanda Dana, Orange County Tourism Director. “With each phase of development, the center has continued to grow tourism in the region and the state by providing a world-class shopping experience and elevated dining options. Adding a lodging and spa component to the campus is a critical piece that will ultimately transition this premier shopping location to a tourism destination.
“Woodbury Common is an economic engine for Orange County and the Hudson Valley,” said Bill Fioravanti, Orange County Economic Development Director. “The center is the largest tourism destination in the Hudson Valley and it’s proposed plans for expansion will continue to draw visitors from across the world while boasting revenue and tourism growth for the region, and creating new jobs for the area’s residents.”
Continued growth
This is the fourth expansion since the property first opened in 1985. The latest redevelopment, which was completed in 2018, included an additional 60,000 square feet of retail space, a full renovation, four-story parking garage and Market Hall, an entrance building with a new food court, resulting in a total of more than 250 stores and 912,000 square feet.