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Tanger Factory Outlet Centers celebrates 30 years

Photo by Johnny Jackson
Hundreds turned out at Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove to participate in Tanger Factory Outlet Centers' attempt to set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest dessert party.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Hundreds turned out at Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove to participate in Tanger Factory Outlet Centers' attempt to set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest dessert party.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Chaperoned by Stockbridge resident Alexis Hinton, 4-year-old Grace Rowan delighted in the treats provided by various vendors stationed near the large tent.

"I think it's really good," said Hinton of the tent party. "I think it's really good for the community."

The two were part of the local effort at Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove to contribute to national numbers of shoppers taking part in a dessert party sponsored by Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based company, which has 34 outlet shopping centers nationwide, marked its 30th year of business Thursday with about as many dessert parties around the country. The celebrations were aimed at setting a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the World's Largest Dessert Party.

"Tanger Outlet Centers sets records every day with the help of our shoppers and retail partners," said Holly Duffey, general manager of Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove. "Today, we will set a Guinness Book of World Records [record] for the world's largest dessert party, as we invite everyone to enjoy some cake and celebrate our 30th anniversary."

Guinness Book of World Records auditors counted the number of party guests on the floor of the NYSE, at the company's Greensboro headquarters, and at each of Tanger Outlet Centers' 34 outlet shopping centers across the country, according to Duffey.

The general manager said official tallies nationally were not immediately available, and may be available early next week. However, there were approximately 300 attendees at Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove.

Duffey noted the company's Locust Grove retail outlet center opened in the fall of 1994. In 2010, more than five million shoppers patronized the center's 64 retail stores, which encompass approximately 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

Thursday's event included door prizes -- a mountain bike donated by Coca-Cola Refreshments, and a $100 Tanger gift card, according to Duffey.

The event's vendors included the Henry County Fire Department, the Atlanta Motor Speedway Pace Car and Team, and various retailers who distributed gifts and prizes as well. Duffey said Ingles Markets Bakery, in Locust Grove, provided hundreds of fresh-baked desserts, from brownies, to cupcakes, to cookies.