North Fort Worth outlet center now doubles as a honey bee habitat

The bees will not only make honey but be part of educational workshops.

Tanger Outlets Fort Worth is making honey.

The north Fort Worth outlet center, home to stores such as Kate Spade New York, Lululemon and RH, leads a double life — as a honey bee habitat, according to KTVT-TV (Channel 11).

According to the station, more than 20,000 honey bees are hard at work in a rooftop habitat.

“Throughout the summer months, our honeybees do fly out approximately within a three-mile radius to pollinate the flora and fauna in the community, and they’ll be bringing back pollen and nectar to help with the development of the hive,” Holly Conner, with Tanger Outlets Fort Worth, told the station.

Alveole, the social beekeeping company taking care of the hive, said that “shoppers don’t have to worry” about the honey bees bothering them because the breed has a very mild temperment and only resorts to stinging if the colony is threatened.

And while styles may come and go, Conner said to expect the bees to stay in fashion.

“The hives will stay up year-round,” Conner told the station. “They will go through a hibernation period, and our resident beekeeper will do some protection of the hive against those cold temperatures.”

The outlet center plans to host educational workshops for retailers and shoppers, according to the station, and people can also follow the hive online.

Anna Caplan, Special Contributor. Anna Caplan covers McKinney, Southlake, Grapevine and Colleyville. For nearly 10 years, she wrote restaurant reviews for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her work has appeared in 360 West, Eater Dallas, Edible DFW, A+C magazine, D CEO, and Houstonia magazine. She was the founding editor of the websites PureWow Dallas and Racked Dallas.
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