By  on December 19, 2012

The competition might be heating up, but Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., a pioneer of today’s outlet concept, has a big head start and a valuable knack for cajoling the right mix of retailers into its regional shopping meccas.

Tanger jumped into outlets in 1981 when the stores were a venue to clear factory overruns. Now the centers are a way to bring new shoppers to fashion brands at lower prices.

The consumer affection for a good deal — something that’s nice in good times and necessary in bad times — has kept the outlet real estate sector on a relatively steady trajectory.

 

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