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D.D.O. has an outlet for every impulse

March 2012

Originally an “outlet” meant the factory store in a small area in a plant where companies could get rid of surplus, out-of-season goods at bargain prices to their employees or local residents.

In the 1970s, clever businessmen banded together to form the “outlet mall.”

Outlet stores are different than the regular stores in that outlets sell the current season’s merchandise at 40-60 per cent discount. If you visit in the summer you will find summer clothes, whereas regular malls are already focusing on back-to-school and fall merchandise. Thus the outlets are selling clearance items, overstocked items or liquidated merchandise retailers want to move along.

Big-box malls like Marché Centrale, in Ste. Dorothée or des Jockeys off the Décarie Expressway, are not selling clearance-priced liquidation merchandise. Companies are producing stock just to sell in “outlets” in those malls. What you will often find there are less expensive versions of what their regular stores sell—they might do an embossed design for the regular line and just a printed one for the outlet store, or the fabric will be thinner.

Galeries des Sources in Dollard des Ormeaux has some stores that offer real liquidation deals from chains that are clearing out their merchandise. Other shops there offer rock-bottom prices. 3237 des Sources. 514-421-0401,

* Stores are real liquidation stores

Ardène: hair ornaments, scarves, shoes, clothes, flip flops, caps

*Aubainerie Entrepôt: family clothing

Benix & Co.: deals on kitchenware

*Bentley Entrepôt: bags, purses

Blue Top Lingerie: mostly ladies’ undies, some for men

Bouclair Maison: bamboo baskets, leather ottomans, pillows, vases, linens, curtain panels, blinds

Boutique Empire Linen: carpets, curtain panels, sheets

Boutique Tran: tops, purses, shoes, jewelry

Bureau en Gros: office supplies

*Cardon Entrepôt: $5, $10, $15 ladies’ separates

*Cazza Petite Entrepôt: petite ladies’ shop

Chaussures Rubino: family shoes

Corbeil Electroménagers: large appliances

*Delilah Entrepôt: hair ornaments, scarves, jewelry

Dollarama: dollar variety store

Hallmark: cards and stationery

Ka-Do-Meli-Melo: oriental home accessories, lamps, vases

La Comtesse: perfume stand

Lingerie Tocade: large shop, nightgowns, undies, bras, bathing suits

*Manteau Manteau: ladies’ coats, clothing

Paradis de Qualité: kids’ clothes, including communion dresses and suits, ladies’ tops

Payless Shoes: inexpensive family shoes

*République Entrepôt: women’s separates

Senso Uomo: men’s casual and dress, shirts, slacks

Suzy: full price store for women XS-XL

Winners: discount store for the whole family



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