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Shuttle starts for outlet mall

As Memorial Day Weekend looms, Woodburn Company Stores celebrates the grand opening of the newest Columbia Sportswear Outlet. On Friday, May 25, Columbia will open its doors, offering a water bottle to the first 500 customers who make a purchase.

And now Lake Oswego residents have an option on how to get to the outlet mall in Woodburn.

Starting Friday, the Woodburn Outlet Express will begin a daily shuttle between downtown Portland and the 87-store outlet center. The shuttle, which is expected to continue daily through Labor Day, will feature daily stops in Lake Oswego.

A 55-seat motorcoach will make roundtrip journeys between Portland and Woodburn, with pick-ups scheduled at several Portland locations along with the Hilton Garden Inn on Kruse Oaks Drive in Lake Oswego. Shoppers can purchase a $20 roundtrip ticket online at www.shop-woodburn.com or directly from Outlet Express drivers. To check on the express times, visit the Web site and click on the Woodburn Company Stores Outlet Express.

It is possible to reserve seats through the Web site.

Woodburn Company Stores is the largest tax-free outlet center in the Pacific Northwest, featuring more than 87 brand name outlet stores.