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Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens its doors for preview night

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens July 3, but some shoppers got an early preview Wednesday night.

It was all part of a VIP night at the outlets. More than 2,000 shoppers paid $50 to get in before everybody else, with all proceeds benefiting the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.

"I definitely do not want to deal with the crowds," said Ashley Dillingham. She and her family are just a few of the hundreds to get an early look inside the stores.

Their $50 ticket got them a free tote bag and more than $300 in coupons. Great deals and lower prices drew them in from Prospect.

"20 to 30 minutes to get great deals? That’s nothing! I think most women will probably feel the same way," said Dillingham.

Men also looked for great discounts. Keith Stratton from Shelbyville had his bag ready to go.

"I'm not a big shopper but I will probably start today," he said.

Crews are still putting finishing touches on the entrance sign and the town says it’s ready for the business.

"A lot of communities they get excited when they open one business in the community we're opening 85 businesses in this community and that's just incredible," said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

Shoppers have more than 80 places to spend their money. Some places are so popular they are packed. In fact, on Wednesday night, Coach was at capacity with 100 people inside. Shoppers had to wait outside just to get in. Though Kate Spade, Tumi and Gucci still need time to open. 

Drivers may have some trouble parking close, but officials say they've got that covered. 

"But we've got parking area adjacent to the center, we're using the flea market also and so we can park over 6,000 cars during the grand opening weekend,” said Gina Slechta with Horizon Group Properties.

Traffic on I-64 will likely be backed up near exit 28 during the first few days. State police and security will help direct drivers.

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