State’s largest outlet mall taking shape in Livermore

David Farahi, second from left, and some of his tour members, Josie Cardoso, of Brazil, far left, Claus Engen, of Norway and Brigit Weyergang-Nielsen, right, of Norway, all go their separate ways after arriving for five hours of shopping at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore, Calif., on … Photos: San Francisco Premium

The recently re-branded San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore is putting the finishing touches on a 185,000 square-foot expansion, which will add about 50 upscale stores to the 130 already there. Among the new arrivals are Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch, UGG Australia, Versace, Rag & Bone New York and Dsquared. Giorgio Armani, Disney and Gucci are also on the city’s list, but those stores have not been confirmed by the mall’s owner, the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group. The mall’s 700,000 square-feet of retail space will surpass that of any other outlet center in California, according to Livermore Economic Development Manager Catherine Ralston. “It’s a really positive opportunity for Livermore to grow our retail options,” Ralston said. “It brings a lot of visitors to Livermore who wouldn’t normally come here. The hope is that they’ll do some shopping and then come back to experience wine country and the downtown. It’s really a boon for the entire Tri-Valley.” When it opened in 2012, the outlet center generated 2,000 jobs, and Livermore currently boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region at 3.5 percent. The expansion will create an additional 750 to 800 jobs, according to Simon