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Details of Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass expansion released

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More stores are coming to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. The announcement comes less than a year after Kentucky's only outlet mall opened. More stores are coming to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. The announcement comes less than a year after Kentucky's only outlet mall opened.

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More stores are coming to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. The announcement comes less than a year after Kentucky's only outlet mall opened.

You'll soon find H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Limited Outlet and Johnny Rockets at the shopping center. Four other stores will move in too but those haven't been announced yet.

"Right now we're working on the agreements with a couple other retailers so I would expect between now and when the mall opens, or the expansion opens, later this year we'll have the others announced," said Thomas Rumptz, Senior Vice President for Horizon Group Properties.

Developers say making the mall bigger was always part of the plan but they didn't think it would happen this fast. After a grand opening in late July of last year, crews are starting to build again.

"In most other malls, the expansion are typically two or three years after the grand opening so we've been really pleased with the success of the new mall with the sales, as well as all the shoppers in the area here," Rumptz told WDRB News.

City officials say this will bring about 150 new jobs into Simpsonville, adding to an already visible economic impact.

"It's generated a lot more extra revenue," said Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden. "We've been able to expand our police department. It also gave us the revenue to start improving our city streetscape."

Shoppers are happy that more stores are moving in. Remona Gooding says Abercrombie & Fitch is her daughter's favorite store.

"We'll probably come here all the time if you're going to open up one of those," Gooding said.

Julie Dillon says she's happy to see more stores kids will like.

"That's great. It'll draw a lot of people," she said.

Officials say they hope to have those new stores open by the holiday shopping season this year.

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