SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Later this year when it opens, it will be Kentucky's largest outlet mall.
And even though it is still under construction and months from being completed, the mall is already attracting new restaurants outside its property.
The outlet mall in Simpsonville represents an $80 million investment that will have about 80 stores.
The new mall will be called the Outlet Shoppes at Louisville, even though it is in Shelby County.
Major tenants include Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Old Navy, Nike, and many others.
Last week city officials met with developers of the project to get an update.
"We learned that they are almost completely full in terms of leasing," Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton told WDRB News on Monday as a cold winter wind blew across the site just south of Interstate 64.
Following last summer's June groundbreaking, the project has moved along quickly with road improvements also underway. They are designed to improve traffic flow around Exit 28 off I-64 with what is expected to be several million customers a year coming to the new mall.
The harsh winter of 2014 has not delayed construction.
"They haven't lost very much time due to the weather," said Eaton. "They are doing a lot of indoor work now and everything remains pretty much on schedule."
Even before it is finished, the mall is attracting other businesses to the area including two new chain restaurants that will be built where some construction trailers now sit.
A Culver's and Bob Evans are planned at the site just adjacent to the mall property.
"Those two restaurants are both on the agenda for Tuesday night's zoning meeting," said Eaton. "We are very excited to have two restaurants locate in our community and we believe there will be more to follow."
Eaton expects the zoning board will approve the construction of the two restaurants.
Kentucky State Representative Brad Montell is proposing sales tax rebates for the mall project that would be used for advertising and marketing the new mall.
He has introduced legislation before the Kentucky General Assembly.
Local leaders believe all of the incentives will result in a positive return on the community's investment.
"We are talking about a thousand new jobs, and other seasonal ones during the holidays," added Eaton.
The outlet mall is on schedule to open by mid-summer of this year.
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