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Today's News

  • Traffic, stores, shoppers all move smoothly

    After nearly three years of speculation, conversation and construction, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass officially opened its doors Thursday morning, greeting a swarm of eager shoppers.

    Crowds were expected to come by the tens of thousands, but throughout the opening day traffic, parking and lines moved smoothly. Shoppers had minimal complaints regarding crowds and mostly offered compliments on their opening day experience.

  • Shoppers come from miles around for grand opening

    Shoppers came from near and far for Thursday’s grand opening of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

    Bringing a shop-till-you-drop attitude and nose for bargains, shoppers found it easy going as crowds stayed manageable throughout most of the day. And that left everyone with a fantastic opinion of the new 364,000-square-foot retail center.

    “I love it; it’s just great!” exclaimed Katrenia Ogle, holding up an armful of bags. Her daughter, Jaelyn Ogle, added, “I got some great back to school stuff.”

  • VIP Night raises $100,000

    The James Graham Brown Cancer Center raised more than $100,000 from donations, silent auctions and ticket sales for Wednesday VIP preview night for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

    The amount doubled $50,000 raised for charity at Oklahoma City’s outlet opening and is $40,000 more than the Atlanta outlet raised at its VIP night.

  • Traffic plan finally in place for mall opening

    Even though it’s estimated that people will be pouring into the county by the tens of thousands for the opening of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass Thursday, officials say they are ready for those crowds. Especially law enforcement, which will have about two dozen officers from several departments set to handle the traffic influx.

  • Road issues continue to plague mall area

    As the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass prepares to open next week, another issue with the newly designed roads has officials again reassessing the situation.

    Even now, with all the lanes open and three new traffic lights in operation, large trucks are having trouble navigating the turn from Buck Creek Road onto the new Veechdale Road, which is just south of the 364,000 square foot outlet center that sits on the southwest corner of Buck Creek Road and Interstate 64.

  • Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass: Official stuck in opening traffic plan

    Simpsonville officials have been working on a traffic plan for the high volume of cars expected for next Wednesday’s opening day of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, but so far those plans are still incomplete, officials say.

    “We have been working on that for months, but the problem is, it keeps changing,” said Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Kendra Wilson.

  • Simpsonville gearing up for mall opening

    Simpsonville officials continue to plan for the opening of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on July 30-31.

    At Wednesday’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden observed that the stop lights were in operation on Buckcreek Road at the I-64 interchange, which would allow people to get used to their presence by the time the mall opens.

    That procedure just makes good sense, he added.

  • New traffic lights signal roadwork drawing near

    Three new traffic signals should now be in operation at three key spots along Buck Creek Road in the Simpsonville area.

    Traffic engineers say the lights could be completely operational now, but they may still be in flashing mode.

    The lights are the culmination of the Buck Creek Road construction project, which is nearly complete.

  • 100 percent leased and (nearly) ready to open

    With less than three weeks until opening day for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, construction workers on the property are hard at work.

    The 365,000-square-foot retail center located just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville is scheduled for a VIP opening on July 30 and the grand opening July 31.

    “This shopping center is a hundred percent leased. That is very rare, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties.

  • Diageo approved for sewer usage

    Diageo officials received approval Tuesday night from the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission for it’s new distillery to be included in the service area.