This corner of Soncy and I40 has had its troubles. With construction on I40 preventing a flow of traffic, local business really suffered. Now that the construction is completed this very busy intersection needs some vision. Here’s what I would do.

I would remove all the dated construction on that corner sight, and construct a variety of outlet stores much like Tanger Outlets have all over the South and Midwest, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. Amarillo really should take advantage of I40 and the constant traffic that passes by daily. Such location outlet stores such as these would be a definitive stop and shop location on I40 with outlet names such as:

Armani Exchange

Ann Taylor

Banana Republic

Brooks Brothers

Chico’s

Coach

Crocs

Gap

Guess

J Crew

Michael Kors

Polo Ralph Lauren

Sunglass Hut

Talbots

The Children’s Place

Tommy Hilfiger

Under Armour

Van Heusen Izod

Vera Bradly

Wilsons Leather

Banana Republic

Ann Taylor

Brooks Brothers

Talbots

The Children’s Place

Tommy Hilfiger

Under Armour

Van Heusen Izod

Vera Bradly

Wilsons Leather

It’s really a no-brainer to have a variety of discount outlet stores that will attract local shoppers as well as people just travelling through the Panhandle. What we don’t need is another couple of fast food joints and gas stations on such a prime spot in Amarillo.

Any better ideas?