WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Contractors and retailers are in a race against time working to complete the Palm Beach Outlets for shoppers ahead of a Valentine's Day deadline. The outlets are scheduled to open for business on February 14.
Day and night, the work at the Palm Beach Outlets shows no signs of slowing.
"They're working hard and they're working fast," said Marketing Director Pam Rada. The work is supposed to be wrapped up in time for the outlets' grand opening in less than two weeks.
"That's the big question," said Rada. "Everyone wants to know if we are going to open on time," she said.
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio checked in with contractors and outlet mall officials to see if the work would be completed by the deadline.
"It should open February 14," said Muoio on Friday. "I talked with them yesterday and they're on track to open February 14," she said.
The outlets' marketing team says looks - from the outside of the project - can be deceiving. Rada says the project is much further along than most people realize. What motorists see from Interstate 95 is 'Phase 2' of the project, which includes Nordstrom Rack and Wholefoods. 'Phase 2' is on a separate timetable and was never supposed to be ready for the Valentine's Day deadline.
"It's all coming together," said Rada.
For the outlets themselves - some of which are still lacking interior walls - the clock is ticking quickly. Two weeks may not be enough for some.
"You're going to have a few that might not make it, but the majority of stores will be ready to open on the 14," Rada said.
The Palm Beach Outlets recently released the directory and layout for the shopping center. To view the layout,