Orlando Premium Outlets' owner buys Dixie Stampede

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The mystery buyer of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is little more than a stone's throw from the now-shuttered dinner attraction on Interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

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eaglecoach

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Jan 9, 2008
 
First a drug store company on every corner and now a mall. PRORESS-PROGRESS-PROGRESS
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Jan 9, 2008
 
If most of the shoppers at the mall are rich people from overseas maybe they should open a flea market on the dixie stampede property and we locals can sell old tupperware and hamberger cookers and pay 10.00 a table.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
In Orlando, the term 'outlet mall' actually means 'overpriced shopping experience'.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
woohoo flea market! can it have scary carnie rides too?

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Jan 9, 2008
 
Just what we need,another overpriced outside Mall...the ones we already have aren't enough...???..
Dissapointed

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Jan 9, 2008
 
Great. Another outlet mall...I'm wetting my pants in anticipation. Sigh...

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Jan 9, 2008
 
I feel bad for all the employees of Dixie Stampede...they were lied to, and were told their jobs were safe. Dolly Parton is a witch...I don't care if they were given severence...it was still a crappy thing to do.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
I am surprised that Dolly treated her employees this way. She professes to be kind-hearted and down-to-earth but this showed where she is truly from, greed-town TN. Shame on you Dolly Parton.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
Dolly puts on that big ole homespun act, but it turns out she's as phony as her boobs. If they ever open again, I'll be sure to bad mouth them to every tourist I encounter.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
I think its crap and cannot believe that she sold out like that. Not only did they hurt there employees by this but the other companies that were hired by them as well...ie..landscape companies and so forth. Dolly Parton has proved herself to be a Sellout ! What crap, who the heck wants another overpriced mall in the Orlando area..
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Jan 9, 2008
 
I surmise Dolly's bottom line was not what it should have been for a long time, if ever, and that is what prompted the sale. I took my inlaws there in June, and I was shocked at how sparse the crowd was. I would love to take a look at her books.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
There ain't much profit in redneck cuisine.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
Glad I never wasted my money slobering over the "hillllllllbillllllly honnnnnney."
She always has seemed fake. That "country downhome" attitude never fooled most of us. We can smell a rat.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
What is the big deal with outlet malls? The stores are not much less than the regular stores. The big stores...like Gap and Polo...don't send their 'clearance' items there...they produce products spacifically for the outlet store. It's different quality and when you factor in the quality..you are paying more than the real item at a real mall.

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Jan 9, 2008
 
Not evryone wants to spend all their money on overpriced souvenirs at Disney. A lot of people would rather take home a suitcase full of overpriced crap from a premium outlet mall.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
It's amazing how some of you wine about decisions you would make yourself given the chance. How many of you wine about an employee who quits there job when it hurts the employer? Why should you complain when it is the other way around? And to Nicole, do you not realize the amount of workers, including landscapers, who will now be employed to clear the land and built new structures? Not to mention the landscapers who will be hired for the new property. Oh, and all the new jobs that will be created by the new property. If you are worried about the net ecomonic effect this will have on Orlando, don't, as it will be positive. Especially if Dixie reopens somewhere else.
NEW ATTITUDE

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Jan 9, 2008
 
Anthony wrote:
It's amazing how some of you wine about decisions you would make yourself given the chance. How many of you wine about an employee who quits there job when it hurts the employer? Why should you complain when it is the other way around? And to Nicole, do you not realize the amount of workers, including landscapers, who will now be employed to clear the land and built new structures? Not to mention the landscapers who will be hired for the new property. Oh, and all the new jobs that will be created by the new property. If you are worried about the net ecomonic effect this will have on Orlando, don't, as it will be positive. Especially if Dixie reopens somewhere else.
Thank you, Anthony, I couldn't have said it better myself. I don't care how much you want to keep something, if you're offered the right amount of money, it's for sale. The employees would do the same thing given the opportunity.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
Serious, they gave the employees money to compensate for the lack of notice. Would it really of been better if they gave the employees 2 months notice and didn't give them severence? This was a real estate transaction NOT made due to revenue problems. Why else would they be looking at relocating?
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Jan 9, 2008
 
The bottom line is people are out of a job in a already struggling market. Maybe the outlet mall can offer all the Dixie Employees jobs!!!!
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Dixie Stampede closes - well, I hope the employees that chose to not include a tip for the pizza delivery driver when the business placed orders for 60, 70, 80 plus pizzas at a time is out of work for a good long while.

As a delivery driver I made $5 and change per hour. After a 65 pizza order with zero tip to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede I returned to the store and QUIT. I enjoyed using my vehicle and gas to deliver 65 pies to this deplorable business for less than minimum wage (sarcasm included).

I really blamed the store though - since their employee earned less than minimum wage they should have added a tip into the price or have a policy to add 25 cents per pizza for orders over 20 pies. Of course they wouldn't do that though as they would then be unable to beat their main competitor's price. Compare it to large parties (sometimes of 6 or more) in a restaurant - automatic 15% plus for the less than minimum wage waitress that doesn't even have to abuse her car for work or use her gas (at $3 plus a gallon).

Both the store and the Dixie Stampede stink. Good riddance to Dixie Stampede!

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