I visited the outlets this week for the first time and I was totally underwhelmed. The traffic has died way down which really surprised me since we are at peak of the holiday shopping season. There were a few stores where we found outlet type pricing, but we found more situations where the prices at these so called outlets were higher than at the actual non outlet stores. A couple of examples.....American Eagle outlet was selling a purse size perfume set for $20 (the suggested retail price) that you can buy at the Stoneridge American Eagle non outlet store for $12. The Juicy Couture store was selling silver charm bracelets for $10 more than you can buy the same exact bracelet at the San Francisco mall non-outlet location on Market Street. And at the actual store in the city, they'll gift wrap for you and everything else that you won't get at the outlet.
I hope it does work out, but the parking lot was half empty when we left during in the evening at about 7:00. We had no problem finding a space near the entrance when we arrived in the afternoon. Not good signs in my book.