Outlet shoppers may not have to drive as far away

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In this economy people are cutting back on spending and driving, just to save a buck, which could be good news for an outlet mall proposed in Simpsonville. Outlets are traditionally filled with shops that have discounted merchandise.

It's not uncommon for folks to drive a long way for a deal.

"(We drove) about an hour and a half," said Julie Sitarski who is from Terre Haute.

A shopaholic's dream come true is just 76 miles north of Louisville.

"You can get polo shirts here for $39 and they're $85 at I won't say where," said Cindy Guenther who drove up from Floyds Knobs to meet her son.

There are dozens of stores in the Edinburgh Premium Outlets like Ralph Lauren, Columbia, and Tommy Hilfiger.

"I got some Under Armour shorts for like $17, (they're usually) like $35," said Linda Ostertag who drove with her family from Louisville. "Yeah, that's a good deal. It's worth the gas money."

Ostertag says she spends the whole day when she shops at Edinburgh.

"I just come up and spend the day, so its not so bad," said Ostertag. "Get out and enjoy yourself, especially with this weather."

Both Ostertag and Guenther who are from the Louisville area say they would use outlets that were closer.

"Oh yeah I hope they do (build in Simpsonville) because they're closer," said Guenther.

106 miles away from Edinburgh, there is green space between Louisville and Lexington, just off I-64 where Michigan based Horizon Group Properties filed plans with the Army Corps of Engineers to build a nine building outlet mall on 60 acres.

WAVE 3 left a message at Horizon, but nobody has returned the call. According to their website it appears as if they are trying to recruit businesses, which would mean more jobs for the area.

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