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VIP Night crowd gets sneak peak and early bargains at new outlet mall

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A full parking lot on VIP NIght at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) A full parking lot on VIP NIght at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Charlotta Thomas (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Charlotta Thomas (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Gary Skoien (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Gary Skoien (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)
Shoppers lined up outside one of the stores on VIP Night at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News) Shoppers lined up outside one of the stores on VIP Night at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass (Source: Miles Jackson, WAVE 3 News)

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Scrambling for sales, thousands of people flocked to the new outlet mall in Simpsonville the night before its grand opening for a sneak peak.

The parking lot was full at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass as shoppers headed out to get first dibs on deals. There are more than 80 stores, including Tommy, Polo and Coach, which had lines of people waiting to get inside.

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"They say they that they have 50% off inside,” said a shopper standing in line. “So we're hoping to find a good bargain here too."

Many other stores had similar deals like at New York and Company where everything in the store was half off.

"I know I shouldn't be doing this but you know, it's Christmas almost. It's my excuse," Charlotta Thomas said.

The grand VIP opening had music, dancing and well lots of entertainment. Gary Skoien, the mall's CEO, says people no longer need to travel to shop.

“They're going to stay here so that's going to bring dollars to the State of Kentucky," Gary Skoien explained.

About 2,000 tickets were sold at $50. Add in a silent auction and the night raised $100,000 for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Many people had several bags as they headed back to their cars. The mall officially opens to the public Thursday at 10 a.m.

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