LIMERICK PA – With the spring fashion shopping season arriving, and roughly five weeks to go before the Easter and Passover holidays, merchants were surely delighted by the vehicle-jammed scene Saturday (March 15, 2014) surrounding the Philadelphia Premium Outlets on West Lightcap Road.
Traffic at the Sanatoga exit of U.S. Route 422, leading in and out of the 150-store shopping complex, was heavy most of the day. The Limerick outlets’ parking lots were practically filled to capacity between noon and 3:30 p.m., according to some security personnel there.
Of course, in many of those cars were shoppers galore. They were eager to spend their day hunting down a bargain … or several, and dressed in light coats, sweaters or sweatshirts that felt comfortable beneath what AccuWeather described as a bright sun and temperatures in the mid-50s.
More than a few stopped into the Lindt Chocolate store. Employees there (above right) handed out free samples of tempting treats the store offered at sale prices. There was little pressure to purchase anything, but many visitors left with a small bag of goodies to savor on the ride home.
It appeared not everyone bound for the outlets went there to buy, though.
There was the young couple (above), for instance, who certainly seemed more interested in each other’s company than the sound of ringing cash registers and bustling bags that threatened to invade their semi-private space in a corner between stores.
There were the mother and daughter who sat talking (above), sharing spoonfuls of ice cream from a nearby vendor while they watched the rest of the world whiz past.
There was the young boy (above) who seemingly couldn’t stand, or for that matter sit, within the confines of a stroller disguised as a race car. He clearly wanted OUT of the carrier, and was willing to perform an acrobatic stunt or two to achieve his goal.
Finally, there was the big sister (above), who helped her younger sibling onto a slide at the outlets’ playground. The young rider made it down safely with Mom’s assistance. Then it was the older one’s turn and, no thanks, she didn’t need help. She took an adjacent slide down (below), just to prove she could.
Photos for The Post Publications by Joe Zlomek