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New outlet mall in the works for Simpsonville

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It is good news for people looking for a job, or a deal. It looks like an outlet mall is coming to our area.

The company has already applied for permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build on property in Simpsonville -- a peaceful city known for its horse farms. "Real laid back," said resident Ben Anderson, "we're all family here." In fact, the town only has one stoplight. "Don't ever hear of anything happening in Simpsonville," added Anderson.

But something big could bring a lot more traffic through the small town -- an outlet mall. "I love to shop. I love to shop. So I don't have to go to Indianapolis or even Cincinnati," said Ro VanVooren, who lives in Simpsonville.

According to documents from the Army Corps of Engineers, Horizon Group Properties, a company out of Michigan, has applied for permits to build on the 60-acre site right off of I-64 in Simpsonville. Horizon officials told WDRB by phone that things are in the preliminary stages and wouldn't comment further.

Officials wouldn't even talk about the company website, which pretty much bares all. It shows the Louisville area pinned on a map for a "new development" that's "now leasing." It takes you to a page called "The Outlet Shoppes at Louisville/Lexington." The page points out all of the advantages of the area, such as access to interstates, the fact that 60,000 college students are nearby, and the millions of visitors in our region.

The company has outlets across the country with stores like Nike, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, and Coach.

Officials in Simpsonville aren't being fed much more information, but were given one gold token: "They told us upwards of 1,000 jobs." said Simpsonville City Administrator, David Eaton. "If that's the case, that's going to be huge for Shelby County and surrounding areas."

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