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Welcome to Carolina Premium Outlets®, Eastern North Carolina's premier shopping destination. You'll find more of what you're looking for with over 80 stores, serving the communities of Johnston County, its surrounding counties from the Triangle to the Coast, as well as cities in South Carolina and Virginia. The shopping center features upscale outlet stores including Adidas, Ann Taylor Factory, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Carolina Pottery, Gap Factory, J.Crew Factory, kate spade new york, Columbia, Loft Outlet, Reebok, Talbots, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and many more. Carolina Premium Outlets, an easy to navigate, outdoor shopping experience, has quick dining options including and special events and activities to bring you back time and time again. Experience holiday sidewalk sales, special weekend events, and the biggest of them all, After Thanksgiving shopping, beginning Thanksgiving evening, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Conveniently located at exit 95 off I-95 in Smithfield, NC, this shopping destination is the perfect stop for a quick weekend trip, mini getaway or vacation with the family. Take a trip to Carolina Premium Outlets and discover why it is eastern North Carolina's main shopping destination. Enjoy an assortment of delectable dining options at one of the available restaurants or grab and go stations while shopping for an experience that is truly unlike any other. You'll love the shopping, dining and attractions readily available in the area.

Attractions

Smithfield, NC, founded along the Neuse River in 1777, is rich in history and today visitors enjoy a variety of activities in the area. While you are in town to shop at Carolina Premium Outlets, explore the cultural choices at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium and Neuse Little Theatre, or visit the Ava Gardner Museum and tour the Heritage Trail. Downtown Smithfield is the center of activity for concerts, festivals, museums and recreation. Or, make a family trip to learn about the history of the county at the Johnston County Heritage Center, walk along the Neuse Riverwalk & Buffalo Creek Greenway or the gardens at the Arboretum at Johnston Community College. Other nearby attractions include the JoCo Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail, made up of four award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, as well as the new breweries and distilleries in the county.

Dining

If you are looking for authentic eastern style dining, then you will be happy with the choices in the Smithfield area. For true eastern-style barbecue and southern favorites, visitors to the area will find several well known BBQ restaurants that are serving up chopped pork with a vinegar based sauce. Try out White Swan Bar-B-Cue & Fried Chicken, Holt Lake Bar-B-Que and Seafood, or Smithfield's Chicken & BBQ for your personal taste test and experience true southern BBQ that is made and served up traditionally.

If you consider yourself a "foodie" and want to support locally sourced foods from our area farmers, you will find that in Johnston County, as well. Several chef-owned eateries are available in Smithfield, like Simple Twist and Under the Oak  Cafe, giving visitors a true farm-to-fork experience. For a quick stop, try Gotham's Deli, an authentic New York style deli, located on the main street of Smithfield.

Nightlife

Kick back and relax after a long day of shopping and enjoy the local nightlife in the area. Smithfield and Clayton have several spots to help you unwind after a long day, like Double Barley Brewing. The newest brewery in Johnston County, try out a variety of craft brews in a taproom with a rustic but modern twist. Enjoy a relaxed environment with an indoor lounge area with variety seating and an outdoor beer garden.

For family fun, visit the Howell Theatre. Step back in time at this nostalgic four screen theatre built in the 1930s, with step back in time prices: every movie, every day, for everybody is only $4.00.If you love a live variety show, visit the Howell Theatre's sister venue, the Rudy Theatre, that has been wowing audience;s for over 20 years. They feature four uniquie shows that are family friendly for children, parents, and grandparents. If you want a great family friendly activity, visit Ready-Set-Escape and work as a team to solve clues and and "escape" within 60 minutes!

Accommodations

Whether you are traveling to Smithfield as your final destination or just an overnight stop along the way, a variety of accommodations are available on I-95, Exit 95. Check out the Girlfriends Getaway Package offered by several hotels adjacent to Carolina Premium Outlets. Gather up your girlfriends and leave the hustle of the work week behind to shop for bargains, tour the Ava Gardner Museum, receive a gift bag with chocolate treats, coupons for area restaurants, and shop for deals at Carolina Premium Outlets offering hundreds in additional savings. Or, stay at one of the local hotels like Fairfield Inn & Suites or Sleep Inn & Suites for and easy and relaxing stay that allows you to shop until you drop. From the leisure family traveler to anniversary weekends and much more, there are plenty of accommodations options close to the shopping center for you to choose from.

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