(The New York Times) Mitra Suleiman drives seven hours to Central Valley, N.Y., from her home in Ottawa, Canada, every year in search of a bargain. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, an outdoor maze of shops an hour’s drive north of New York City, “has so much variety, there is nothing like it where we are from,” said Ms. Suleiman, 36. “Right now, I’m on the hunt for shoes for my son.”
On a recent weekday afternoon, there was a jumble of visitors, many of whom had paid $42 for the CitySights NY bus from Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. Those who had driven themselves spent as long as 30 minutes searching for a parking space among the acres of blacktop. Loudspeakers announced the day’s sales in various languages, including Mandarin and Spanish, as families pushed baby carriages and consulted maps to find their bearings.
Now, for the first time in 15 years, the complex’s plazas and labyrinthine layout are preparing for a face-lift.