Beauty Outlet Detail
An outlet store or factory outlet is a brick and mortar or online retail store in which manufacturers sell their stock directly to the public. Traditionally, a factory outlet was a store attached to a factory or warehouse, sometimes allowing customers to watch the production process like in the original L.L. Bean store. In modern usage, outlet stores are typically manufacturer-branded stores like Gap or Bon Worth grouped together in outlet malls. The invention of the factory outlet store is often credited to Harold Alfond, founder of the Dexter Shoe Company.
Surveys have shown the large proportion of people shopping at outlet malls were women. The median household income for shoppers was $57,000 in 2002. Forty-two percent are college graduates, and 62 percent are less than 50 years old. The average reported distance to outlet malls was given between 30 and 80 miles (one way), with a travel time of 54 minutes.