See below to hear what New Orleans city and business leaders are saying about The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk:
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu
"New Orleans residents have made it clear they need retail. This planned redevelopment proposes a new tenant mix that will restore Riverwalk as a favorite place to shop for tourists and locals alike and is another step in making New Orleans a regional shopping destination."
Council President Stacy Head
"Partnering with The Howard Hughes Corporation to reinvigorate Riverwalk and further develop our riverfront has been an honor, and I'm thrilled to announce this big win for all of New Orleans. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will bring much-needed upscale retail to downtown New Orleans. Furthermore, allowing shoppers, both residents and tourists, to spend their dollars in Orleans Parish will support citywide programs such as education and infrastructure improvements. It is my hope that investment in downtown retail development will encourage other retailers to consider Orleans Parish as a viable place to open a business."
Council Vice President Jaquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
"The Howard Hughes Corporation exhibits its trust in the future of this city with its magnificent development of much-needed upscale retail. In this investment, the new Outlet Collection at Riverwalk combines desperately needed retail with the revitalization of a major part of our riverfront. What a combination for downtown New Orleans!"
Councilmember Diana Bajoie, District B
"Thanks to the Howard Hughes Corporation, New Orleans will be the first in the country to have an outlet mall in the heart of downtown. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will offer residents and tourist alike a variety of retailers not found in the rest of the state, and provide the City of New Orleans with millions of annual sales tax revenue to better our schools, neighborhoods, and infrastructure. This project is a win-win for the developer, retailers and the City of New Orleans."
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District C
"The Howard Hughes Corporation's investment in the new Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is important to not only District C, but also to the entire city. The property's strategic location and easy access for residents both on the East Bank and West Bank represents a great opportunity for long-term improvement to New Orleans retail and continued development along the riverfront. I am thrilled to partner with the Hughes Corporation to bring this exciting project to our city and proudly look forward to the many more great things to come."
Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, District D
"Riverwalk's redevelopment is one of many reasons our city has to celebrate. The Howard Hughes Corporation's investment stands to impact far beyond the downtown and riverfront areas. Several other areas of our city have exciting development plans in place that will accelerate New Orleans' evolution into a preeminent retail destination. It is an exciting time in our city and I hope to see other companies and investors follow suit and invest in the long term economic health of New Orleans."
Ron Forman, President & CEO of Audubon Nature Institute
"Advancing New Orleans is a team effort and we're delighted to have The Howard Hughes Corporation as such a strong and dedicated partner and riverfront neighbor. Making an investment of this type and magnitude is a huge win for our entire city, especially in terms of developing the foot of Canal Street and our riverfront. This destination retail opportunity will be a strong anchor—creating a retail destination corridor connecting our Convention Center to Canal Street—and will attract visitors and development outward to other corners of our city."
Bob Johnson, President & General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
"In early 2013, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will celebrate the opening of "The Great Hall" – a $50 million renovation to the nation's 6th largest convention center that will result in the city's biggest ballroom. We are thrilled that our neighbors, The Howard Hughes Corporation, are joining us in making a significant investment in the future of New Orleans with the redevelopment of Riverwalk. With its location adjacent to the Convention Center, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is poised to greatly enhance the visitor experience and help our sales team attract even more visitors to the area as New Orleans reaffirms its stature as a top travel destination.
Gary LaGrange, President & CEO Port of New Orleans
"The Howard Hughes Corporation's plans to renovate and expand Riverwalk Marketplace will provide a new shopping experience for our cruise passengers and crew members who sail from the Port of New Orleans. Strategically located next to the Port's cruise terminals at Julia and Erato Streets, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will include improved access from the terminals to the new shopping center. The investment in the Port's cruise terminals along with the City's focus on improving access to the riverfront and the redevelopment of Riverwalk, represents a concerted effort to make the downtown riverfront a world-class destination for tourists and locals alike."
Rod Miller, President and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance
"This investment by the Howard Hughes Corporation further underscores the opportunity and viability of the New Orleans market. The New Orleans Business Alliance is passionate about improving the city's retail landscape and believes this project has potential to be catalytic in anchoring the Canal shopping district. We will continue to work with Howard Hughes and the City to see this project and others like it to completion."
Stephen Perry, President & CEO of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
"While there is always something to do in New Orleans, we are eager to expand our retail market and are proud to support the exciting retail project – The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will soon offer upscale downtown dining, entertainment and shopping with its expansion and increased services. These enhancements will not only develop more jobs and retail opportunities for locals, but also provide tourists with an additional attraction and retail venue to enjoy during their time in our city. Additionally, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will elevate the amenities the New Orleans CVB's sales team offers prospective convention, cruise, wedding and international clients. We are excited and thrilled by the possibilities and opportunities of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. It is an important investment in our city's future and a great benefit to the tourism industry."
Fred Sawyers, General Manager Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Chair of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
"Hilton New Orleans Riverside is thrilled to celebrate the redevelopment plans of Riverwalk Marketplace. The Howard Hughes Corporation's plans will improve the connectivity between the 1,622-room Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel and Riverwalk, creating easier access to great amenities and to the beautiful Mississippi River for our guests.
As Chair of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as General Manager of the Hilton next door, I commend The Howard Hughes Corporation on this investment that is poised to greatly impact and encourage leisure and business travel and will be a great addition to the landscape of our wonderful city."