Outlet shopping has become a major-league sport in Maine, and those staying in Greater Portland are just a drive away from the areas that have led to this distinction.
Shoppers seeking designer and brand-name stores will have their pick in Freeport. Located just 20 minutes north of the city, Freeport is internationally recognized as a world-class shopping destination, with 200 upscale outlets, designer shops and eclectic boutiques. Outlet shopping nirvana is also found in Kittery, located on Route 1 near the Southern Maine Beach area. Over 60 stores offer major savings on favorite brands in this shopper’s East Coast destination.
Retail associations in Greater Portland and the surrounding area also have shoppers’ interest at heart. Local associations are comprised of area shop owners, restaurants, and lodging establishments in towns and districts, and they typically welcome visitors with discounts and events, and websites that provide information for customers. Many make it their mission to support locally-owned independent businesses, which flourish in the region.