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Simpsonville outlet mall plans expansion after only six months in business

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is expanding after only five months in operation and the shops are already bringing new business into Simpsonville.

"It's been going really fantastic," said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

He says the outlet mall is a huge addition to town that's been drawing in visitors since it opened more than five months ago.

“It's just been a real asset to our community already because it's spurned a lot of excitement," said Eaton.

Tuesday night, the city's zoning board approved a new Zaxby's to go in near the Pilot station and Dairy Queen.

The proposed restaurant will be nearly 4,000 square feet with a drive-through.

"It's gonna be another options for our citizens -- plus citizens that visit our community to dine in," said Eaton.

The city is already widening the road, two new restaurants have already opened and with other nearby lots for sale -- interest is high for future growth.

The outlet mall hasn't even been open a full six months but there are already plans to expand from the end of the Nike store all the way out to the grassy area past the parking lot.

Officials future plans could include a large store anchoring the new space, with several other stores attached.

Mall spokesperson Gina Slechta confirms they're ready for phase two and they've submitted plans to the state.

The general manager says the addition will hopefully be 40,000 square feet.

"That certainly says that the retail establishment here is doing a good job," said Judith Sizemore from Lexington.

She's one of several shoppers ready for more options.

"Maybe more high-end shoe stores and maybe more children's high-end," said Sizemore.

No matter what fills the lot Mayor Steve Eden hopes the growth doesn't stop.

"People are going to look at our interchange, look at the four million people who come through the outlet mall try to benefit from the flow of traffic, so I think it's just the beginning we're going to see it fill in," said Eden.

The outlet hopes to announce the new stores sometime in the spring with the shops opening up in time for the holidays.

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