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The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass set to open on time

Gina Slechta (Source: WAVE 3 News) Gina Slechta (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden (Source: WAVE 3 News) Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden (Source: WAVE 3 News)
SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The clock is ticking, signs are going up and construction crews are working over time to get ready for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass grand opening on July 31.

"We have over 1,200 people that are working here on a daily basis and when we start stocking that number will go up somewhere around 3,000 people," said Gina Slechta, with Horizon Group Properties.

[SLIDESHOW: See which stores are coming to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass]

The nearly 375,000 square foot shopping center is fully leased and all but three stores will be ready for shoppers in three weeks. Horizon Group Properties wanted this location to have a very unique and Kentucky feel. The name was even changed from The Outlet Shoppes of Louisville to the Bluegrass to include the entire state.

"We hope they feel like they are in the Old Kentucky home that there are places for them to sit and relax," said Slechta. "There's the stone walls. The landscaping is what Kentucky should be."

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Developers hope this will be a destination working with hotels to provide free shuttles during conventions.

Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden says the shopping center has the potential to bring in 4-million people a year.

"I hope they make it a destination," said Eden. "I hope they come and spend a weekend, stay in our hotels, spend money in our restaurants and enjoy the outlet."

While there were some concerns by neighbors in the beginning regarding traffic and lighting, Mayor Eden says the majority of the 2,500 people in his city are ready to take advantage of what's in their own backyard.

"We're excited about what is going to benefit the city and lowering the property tax and the amenities that our citizens are going to be able to enjoy," said Eden.

On July 30, there will be sneak peak preview fundraiser for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Tickets are $50 and you get a chance to shop the stores first. For more information click here.

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