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A Vera Bradley store is coming to the Coast. Yes, really.

A Vera Bradley store is coming to the Gulfport outlet mall.
A Vera Bradley store is coming to the Gulfport outlet mall. Globe Newswire

A whole store full of Vera Bradley sounds like a fan of the lifestyle brand’s dream. The dream is expected to come true at Gulfport Premium Outlets in late spring.

Simon, the outlet store’s parent company, announced on Thursday that the store will be added to Gulfport Premium Outlet’s roster of shops in May, joining other stores such as Michael Kors, Levi’s Outlet Store, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Ann Taylor and Disney Store Outlet.

“Adding another a fashion-forward brand like Vera Bradley to our retail roster is a big win for both our center and our shoppers,” said Pamela Meinzinger, general manager of Gulfport Premium Outlets. “The addition of this iconic store furthers our focus of bringing the hottest, on-trend brands to Gulfport Premium Outlets.”

Vera Bradley is scheduled to be in a 3,400-square-foot space near Talbots Outlet and Victoria Lynn Jewelry, according to a release from Gulfport Premium Outlets.

Vera Bradley offers luggage, handbags, personal and home accessories, apparel and other items. Many items, such as luggage and handbags are offered in quilted fabrics, and the brand is famous for its cheerful prints that are featured on entire collections.

Currently, the closest Vera Bradley outlet store is located in Foley, Alabama.

At Gulfport Premium Outlets, shoppers use the Internet and smart phones but still want a personal experience.

Tammy Smith: 228-896-2130, @Simmiefran1

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