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The Ellenton Prime Outlets at 5461 Factory Shops Boulevard is a shopping center with over a hundred stores that sell brand names at warehouse prices. You can find almost any type of store here, including fashion (Ann Taylor, Gap, Izod, Off 5 th – Saks Fifth Avenue), fashion accessories (Coach, Sunglass Hut), shoes (Liz Claiborne Shoes, Nike, Reebok), and home furnishings (Baldwin Brass Home Accents, Chicago Cutlery etc., Farberware, Mikasa). The outlet center is open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
DeSoto Square Mall at 303 US-301 Boulevard W is another good place to get some shopping done. The anchor department stores here are Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's and Sears, but there are a number of other stores here as well. The mall is also home to about 10 fast-food vendors that sell everything from ice cream to Italian subs to Cajun-style chicken. DeSoto Dollar Movies is also located here; the prices are really as good as the name suggests, and most of the movies that are played in its six theatres are recently released blockbusters.
Another interesting place to pick up some fresh produce or unique gifts is at the Old Main Street Market on 12th Street W. Here, farmers from all around the area show off their freshest produce every Saturday morning. Official market hours are 8am to 1pm.