I received Columbia Sports and Simon Visa Gift Cards to help facilitate this Merrimack Premium Outlet review. Opinions expressed are my own.
Now this is a first for our family. All of us, including my husband who hates to shop, took a family trip to the Merrimack Premium Outlets located fairly close to us in Merrimack, NH. Opening to the public in June of 2012, these outlets are new to the area. We live in MA, but are right on the NH line. What a nice back roads/non-highway ride it was from our location to get to the outlets in just under 1 hour. I can’t believe that I had never been there before, and I would consider these outlet stores to be “in my backyard!”
The layout of the outlets reminded me of a quaint little town with shops lining the streets. The “streets” are clean and spacious with plenty of seating for tired shoppers and husbands!
Parents of children ages 5-12 can watch their kids play on the structures in a designated play area with plenty of climbing structures and a few coin operated rides as well. There is lots of seating at the play area and cafe-style seating shown below. We loved the moose statue that one of the security officers pointed out to us. It really gives the outlets that state of NH feel.
In the photo above, you can see the layout of the stores. There are 100 designer outlet stores. Everything is connected and conveniently located so that you can easily get to all of the stores on foot. I have been to outlets that you had to drive to each plaza of stores – not very convenient. This layout was impressive.
It was such a hot, humid day! I loved that air conditioned relief whether it be in the food court or any store was just a door away.
Speaking of the food court, that was our fist stop to visit guest services. The Simon Guest Services is located inside the food court. This is where you may stop to pick up the VIP Coupon book. The book lists the current sales for each store. For example, at Chico’s you could get $20 off of a purchase of $100 or more. At Clark’s Bostonian, you could get 15% off of a purchase of $75 or more. Most stores had a discount listed. There were no individual coupons to deal with. I just simply showed them the coupon book and counter staff would apply the discount.
Our first stop was Columbia Sportswear. James needs pants (He is growing at a rapid rate!) and Ryan wanted a sweatshirt. (See what I did there? One needs, while the other wants.) The store did not sell men’s jeans, but they did have some khaki’s that were comfortable. Ryan loves the color red and this soft, Columbia pull-over sweatshirt, although not really needed, will get plenty of wear.
So how did we do? Well, currently Columbia Sportswear is offering 10% off of $75. The original price for both items was $74.80 and we paid $50.86 after the in-store sale and the coupon was applied. That is a savings of $23.94.
It didn’t take long, but we did end up splitting up. I had to hit Merrel and Clark’s Bostonian, while they went to the Disney Store, Lindt and Brookstone.
The Clark shoes were a fairly good deal – but not as good as Merrell. The original price of the tan shoes was $69.99 and the price of black shoes was $59.99. I saved 15% because I spent over $75 and I also received an extra 40% off of the second pair. My total for both pairs of shoes was $95.38, and my savings was $34.60.
While I was having fun shopping for shoes, those three had some fun of their own. James found a Big Blue Studio Bluetooth Speaker for $59.99 for his gaming station and Ryan picked out some Kinetic Sand for $19.99 at Brookstone. Brookstone did not have a discount listed in the coupon book. However, Grant looked up this speaker. Online at Bookstone, it sells for $100. We saved $40. The Kinetic Sand was the same price as it is online.
The boys also hit Lindt. Glad I wasn’t with them I would have blown my diet! They bought a 10.5 oz milk chocolate bar for $9.50. In order to receive 12 free Lindor Truffles, you had to spend at least $30 at Lindt, so no discount there.
I also found a pair of jeans for Ryan and running pants and shorts as well. The grand total would have been $152.95. I spent $94.36, saving $58.59. The coupon deal for the Gap was 10% off of $75 or more.
After all of that shopping, we were pretty hungry. I was glad to see that the food court had something that everyone liked. Earlier in our day, we treated the kids to shakes from a place called the Banana. The two shakes plus a diet coke were about $11 in total. For dinner, Ryan and Grant had pizza and salad from Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and James and I tried out a place called Chickenow. I had the grilled chicken salad and he had the kid’s fried chicken tenders meal and fries. For food and drinks for our family of four, we spent $34, which is rather expensive for fast food. The food was prepared quickly and we enjoyed it, so no complaints other than the price. Bananas, Green Leaf’s, and Dairy Queen offer a discount in the coupon book – Villa Fresh and Chickenow will hopefully do so in the future. 🙂
I did a calculation and determined we saved $216. The sponsor provided us with $100 in gift cards and in addition to that, we spent about $300. We did okay in my opinion. My husband doesn’t plan on heading back there anytime soon. He is all shopped out. As a family, were really are amateurs when it comes to mall shopping – all over the map and not very focused. A focused shopper could study that coupon book, coordinate that with the current store sales, stick to a plan of attack and really score some wonderful deals here. There are a lot of great stores that I love, so it is definitely worth the trip for me! I would certainly go back either with a friend or solo.
About the Merrimack Premium Outlets
Location – 80 Premium Outlets Blvd, Merrimack, NH 03054 (location is in Google Maps)
Regular Hours – Monday – Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6pm
Phone – (603) -424-0050
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Thank you to the Merrimack Premium Outlets for sponsoring our shopping experience!
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