Updated: 06/06/2014 7:48 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 12:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Steve Tellier
A new outlet center in Eagan is hiring for at least 1,600 jobs ahead of its grand opening this summer.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets held a job fair Friday to hire store associates, managers, customer service representatives, security officers and other positions. Stores looking to staff positions include Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH, Coach, Michael Kors, Nike, Gap Factory Store and more.
The outlet center is expected to open Aug. 14 near Highway 13 and Highway 77 and will have more than 100 stores.
Julie Crary, 17, had a really good day on Friday.
"I was expecting to come in, submit some applications, leave, maybe hear back in a week or two, but this is very exciting," Crary said.
First, she got a job. Then, she got on TV.
"I gave them an application and they interviewed me on the spot," Crary said, after she got hired part-time at American Eagle.
Hundreds of other job seekers were hoping to get that same feeling at the all-day job fair at the Eagan Civic Arena on Friday. Management, sales, customer service -- you name it, they were hiring it. About 70 stores were at the job fair, all based at the soon-to-be-swamped Twin Cities Premium Outlets.
"We're hoping to get some people in place today so we can train them in July," said Sharon Schoenecker, store manager for Brooks Brothers.
"We're excited about bringing all of these employment opportunities to the community," said Renee Lawler, director of marketing and business development for Twin Cities Premium Outlets.
And that excitement is turning into even more opportunities for Eagan. The new outlets are already drawing additional development -- a hotel and 190 apartments are in the works nearby.
"Ever since I heard about the outlet mall, I've been spreading the word to everyone I know," said Stephanie Broden, one of the job seekers at the fair.
Broden had already filled out three applications when we talked with her. Natalie Kissell has medical school on her horizon, so a part-time job has to be, too.
"Because I'm doing summer classes and then I graduate next spring, so I, like, need money," Kissell said, with a laugh.
For Natalie, and everyone else, the August grand opening can't come soon enough.
"I'm very excited. I can't wait to start," Crary said.
All that development means there have been plenty of traffic and road improvements in the area recently. And just a couple weeks ago, the city approved another $35,000, mostly for sidewalks and signage.
If you missed out on the job fair, you can still apply for many of the jobs through the individual stores online.