Outlet mall: Shoppes are shaping up

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Construction has started on final building in the first phase

By Todd Martin

Despite holiday breaks and some frigid temperatures descending on the region in late December and early January, the work at the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville in Simpsonville has continued to move at a brisk pace, and some plans for adjacent parcels are beginning to clear as well.


That 374,000-square-foot retail center being built by Horizon Group Properties and CBL & Associates at the intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads just south of Interstate 64 remains on schedule.

Tom Rumptz, the Horizon vice president overseeing the construction, had said last fall that the plan was to get the buildings up and work inside during the winter. However, a few breaks in the weather have allowed the contractors to begin to erect the final of the nine buildings included in Phase 1 (on the east side of the property closest to Buck Creek Road).

“All is going well,” Rumptz wrote in an E-mail this week. “Between weather conditions and holidays, we anticipate some lost productivity, but our general contractor, VCC, Inc., and their subcontractors have been doing a great job.”

VCC, Inc., a construction company that has worked all over the world, lists eight U.S. offices – with two in Texas and Arkansas and others in Arizona, California, Florida and Georgia – and an office in Sau Paulo, Brazil. VCC also built Horizon’s Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, which opened last summer in Woodstock, Ga.

Rumptz noted that plans for the two outlots are moving forward. “We have a group that is planning a summer opening, and a second that is completing initial review that we hope to open in a similar timeframe,” he said.

Triple S Planning and Zoning Executive Director Ryan Libke said he expects to hear on both of those lots soon.

“We’ve had discussions with Culvers and Bob Evans [restaurants], and I expect Culvers to file their plans within the next few days.” he said.

Culver’s is a Wisconsin-based restaurant chain founded in 1984 that has more than 450 stores in 19 states. The stores are famous for the custard treats and butter burgers.

There are more than a dozen Culver’s in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including two in Metro Louisville – one on South Hurstbourne and another on Preston Highway outside the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Bob Evans Restaurant is an Ohio-based restaurant chain that focuses on breakfast food. There are six Bob Evans Restaurants in Metro Louisville.

The deadline is Jan. 27 for development plans to be filed for Triple S’s scheduled meeting for Feb. 18.

As for the development rumors around the outlet mall and throughout the interchange with Interstate 64, much remains uncertain.

 “I know there is stuff in the pipeline,” Libke said. “Of course the two outlots, and then we’ve had a lot of engineers and consulting groups call with questions about restrictions. But no layouts, designs or anything.”

Rumptz said he has heard that several other retailers are interested in the growth at the Simpsonville interchange.

“I’ve heard of a number of different inquiries also, and we are positive this is a great location and have offered assistance to area property owners to bolster their efforts in attracting uses that will compliment the area and the Outlet Shoppes,” he said.