A factory outlet mall (or outlet center) is a type of shopping mall, in which manufacturers sell their products directly to the public through their own branded stores.
Outlet malls first appeared in the United States as a development of the traditional factory outlet: a store attached to a factory or warehouse. An outlet mall places several such outlets under one roof in a convenient location, usually an "out-of-town" site.
Factory outlet malls have since spread to the European Union and to many other parts of the world. During the early 1990s, the UK company McArthur Glen opened the first outlet malls in UK(Cheshire Oaks) and France (Troyes) in 1995, and since 2000s Italy (Alessandria, Rome and Florence) and Portugal (Lisbon).