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Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!

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Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!

The home of live entertainment is also home to a lot of big shopping experiences! Everyone loves all the neat little clothing and accessories boutiques, as well as all the small gift shops and thrift shops found around Branson.  But sometimes you’re looking to visit big shopping centers, and even big box retailers like those “back home” - so that’s what we’re exploring with this post - places like Tanger Outlets, Branson Landing, and the Shoppes at Branson Meadows, as well as big shopping experiences at centers like Grand Village Shops.  As for your national big box retailers and department stores, Branson is home to a long list of favorites.  (And because shopping and dining seem to go hand-in-hand, look at all the great international dining options you’ll discover here:  “Branson Has International Options for Dining? You Bet It Does!”)

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1. Tanger Outlets

Branson guests and residents alike probably load more stuffed-to-the-brim shopping bags into their cars at Tanger than anywhere else in Branson, and for good reason - store after store after store of coveted brand names offering everything from housewares to his favorite cologne!  In addition to a couple of great places to grab a bite to eat - King Subs & Deli and an A&W Restaurant - you’ll find famous names like Banana Republic Factory, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Express Factory Outlet, Coach, American Eagle Outfitters Clearance, Yankee Candle Outlet, Gap Factory Store, Bath & Body Works, Lane Bryant Outlet, Gap Factory Store, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.

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Where?  300 Tanger Boulevard - just downhill from Highway 76 (a.k.a. Country Music Boulevard or The Strip)

When?   Tanger Outlets is open year-round - hours can change seasonally - typically 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Parking?  You’ll find plenty of level parking spaces when you access the center through the main entrance.  Parking is also available behind the center - accessible from Wildwood Drive via either Highway 76 or Gretna Road.  All parking at Tanger is free.

Why Tanger?   Packed with big brands at all times - it’s rare to find a vacant storefront here!

2.  Branson Landing

When you’re looking for a shopping experience, complete with plenty of options for dining, several attractions, and familiar brand shopping paired with unique retail stores, you’ll find it all at Branson Landing!  The contemporary center sits along Branson’s river-like Lake Taneycomo and is anchored by a Belk department store that carries popular softlines and home decor, and Bass Pro Shops, filled with outdoor wear and accessories, as well as fishing, hunting, and sports gear - you can also purchase their boats and other water sports vehicles right here at the Landing!  

The list of brands at the Landing includes Victoria’s Secret, Claire’s, New Balance, H&M, Chico’s, Earthbound Trading Company, Brighton, Bath & Body Works, Rue 21, Hot Topic, and Mark Ashton.  Dining options include Cantina Laredo, Famous Dave’s, Joe’s Crab Shack, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, and the White River Fish House, a floating restaurant. Entertainment options include Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline and Andy B’s Bowl Social, as well as the beautiful fountain show that coordinates water, lights, and fire with music - fabulous free entertainment!

Where?  100 Branson Landing Boulevard - just downhill from the center of Historic Downtown Branson

When?  Open year-round, but hours can vary by season and day of the week - typically from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Parking?  There is a hourly-rate parking ramp accessible from Branson Landing Boulevard, and free parking in the open lots at either end of the center, however, the lots can fill quickly during holiday shopping and when concerts and other special events take place at the Fountains’ amphitheatre.

Why Branson Landing?   Shopping, dining, attractions, and events in one place - you can’t lose!

3.  Grand Village Shops

Branson’s most unique and downright charming place to shop is Grand Village Shops!  With an “old world” feel of an enchanting English village, complete with cobblestone-style walking space, pretty foliage, sitting areas, and a nice collection of boutiques, it’s easy to fall in love with this little slice of heaven neatly tucked into a lovely greenspace along Highway 76.  This isn’t your destination for chain stores; instead you’ll be happy to discover a year-round Christmas Store - Kringles - the fine art of Thomas Kinkade, a family-owned upscale jewelry store - Tatman’s Fine Jewelry, as well as Back in Time Toys, Lori’s Soap Market, Dicken’s Gift Shoppe, Mulberry Mill, Grand Glitz, and many other fascinating finds!  There’s even an independent bookstore - T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts - how cool is that?

The two dining options on their own are enough to make Grand Village a must on your shopping stops - Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is the home of Branson’s original “singing servers,” and some of the best cakes and other bakery items, as well as incredible food, can be found at Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe.  If you’re just looking for a quick treat, you’ll find that the Mom and Pop Ice Cream Shop & Old Time Candies is ready to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Where?  2800 West Highway 76 - neighboring the Clarion Hotel on one side, and the site of Branson’s proposed aquarium on the other.

When?  Open year-round with most stores keeping a 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. operating schedule.

Parking?  There’s plenty of parking behind the Shops, accessible via Glory Road, which connects Highway 76 and Green Mountain Drive.

Why Grand Village Shops?  There’s only one like it, and it’s in Branson, and isn’t that what discovering a destination is all about?

4.  The Shoppes at Branson Meadows

A pretty multi-use center that features brand name as well as locally-based retailers, a really neat restaurant, generous meeting space, service providers, an entrepreneur/small business incubator, and a popular multi-screen movie house.  With a gently sloping parking area that’s peppered with lush trees and other greenery, as well as a neat clock tower, it’s one of Branson prettiest shopping destinations! The list of stores includes Tuesday Morning, V.F. Factory Outlet and its clearance store (both packed with Wrangler, Lee, and other casual clothing favorites,) World Kitchen Corning, Tool Town USA, Ozark Quilts, and Branson’s only formal wear boutique, Touch of Class, a beautiful shop filled with evening gowns, prom wear, wedding gowns and formal wear for the entire wedding party.  

When it’s time to eat, the Shoppes offers The BucketList, a fun eatery that boasts a menu filled with sandwiches, pastas, burgers, pizza, and a long list of tasty appetizers - they also deliver!  Right next to the restaurant you’ll find the Branson Meadows Cinemas, a multi-screen complex offering Hollywood’s latest flicks. There’s other fun to be had here to, the Shoppes are home to the Escape Code, one of the country’s fastest-growing activities, and a cool comic book store - Comic Force.  

Where?  4740 Gretna Road in the Branson Meadows district, where you’ll find additional shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of dining.

When?  Open year-round, daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parking?  You shouldn’t have any issues finding a place to park, including lots of close-to-the-door spots - and all parking is free.

Why Shoppes at Branson Meadows?   Because it’s multi-use, the retail atmosphere is less congested, customer service is top-notch, and the deals waiting to be had are always a pleasant surprise!

5.  Branson Hills

Here’s where you’ll find most of those familiar big box and department store names we mentioned earlier...Home Depot, Kohl’s, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Target, Pier 1, Books-A-Million, Dollar Tree, Walmart Supercenter, Petco, Ulta, Maurices, Michael’s, and more.  And when all that shopping makes you hungry, you’ll find Pizza Hut, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Panda Express, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and good ol’ McDonald’s! If you top the hill just past Target, you’ll discover a neat little independent sandwich shop called Jayne Dough Sandwiches; this is where you’ll find a lot of locals eating, and that tells you something, right?

Where?  Branson Hills is just off Highway 65 at the Bee Creek Road/Branson Hills Parkway exit, one exit north of Highway 248, and just two north of the Highway 76 exit.

When?  Individual stores have their own hours, but you’ll find that the entire district is open year-round, and most have a seven-day-a-week schedule.

Parking?  All of the shopping in Branson Hills offers ample parking at no cost.

Why Branson Hills?  You know these stores, you love these brands, merchandise options can vary from city to city, and good food is plentiful!

There’s much more shopping to enjoy in Branson that we’ve raved about before, and more we’ll rave about in future posts, but we’re hoping this will give you a good idea of the “big” places to hit!  Watch for an upcoming post on shopping for art, crafts, antiques, and items that have been repurposed or perfect for reusing - this will include great spots like Coffelt Craft Village, Whitney’s World of Crafts, the Apple Tree Mall, and the Branson Mill Craft Village.  For incredible shopping and dining at dozens of independent shops, check out what’s available in Historic Downtown Branson: “Branson’s Downtown - Have You Been? The Top 10 Things You Must See & Do!” And to experience the sensational dining that we haven’t mentioned here, check out these perfect places for everyone who loves food with a little bit of “bite” to it:  “Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!” and “Branson Loves Barbecue - These 8 Places Prove It!