I have ahouse not far from where you will be. The outlets at Ellenton are 55mins from me so should be for you.
South of you, less than an hour is Miromar outlets. And no, the shops are not closed.
Both are easy to get to off I75. But I find almost as many good bargains at the local mall.
I live about a half mile from Miromar. It is open, and has continued to expand over the years. One of the best outlet malls I've ever visited. Here's the web site http://www.miromaroutlets.com/ Also check out Gulf Coast and Coconut Point malls while in the neighborhood. We used to be in the middle of no-where, and now joke that we're the center of Florida!
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