Plans for new outlet mall in Romulus near Metro Airport scrapped

Developer cites lack of committed tenants

ROMULUS, Mich. – An outlet mall that was planned in Romulus is being halted as the developer withdrew from the project citing a lack of committed tenants.

The Outlets of Michigan project, a 350,000-square-foot outdoor outlet mall proposed at a 35-acre site at Wick and Vining roads, has been scrapped. Officials from Tanger Outlets told Romulus city officials that they were no longer moving forward with the project.

"The developers simply could not get enough tenants," said Timothy Keyes, the city of Romulus’ economic development director.

Keyes said Tanger’s deal with the landowner has lapsed and the development team has returned the land to the property owner.

"Naturally, we are very disappointed with the news, but we would prefer they not move forward with a project they would not complete," Keyes said.

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