Today's News

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville officials ‘feel better’ about mall

    SIMPSONVILLE – Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton said they think they have some key answers in what to expect when the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville open next year on the south side of their city.

    Eden and Eaton last week packed into Eaton’s SUV and did a 30-hour round trip to the Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta in Woodstock, Ga., the newest mall constructed by Horizon Group Properties, the developer of the mall being constructed south of Interstate 64 on Buck Creek Road.

  • EARLIER: Horizon sues realtor, former rival

    Horizon Group Properties is firing back at the company with which it once was competing for outlet mall space in Simpsonville.

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall: It’s official: The mall will rise

    Despite a bevy of moved dirt, rock and even a 6.5-acre lake, Horizon Group Properties along with representatives of the city of Simpsonville made things official Tuesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of Outlet Shoppes at Louisville.

    After two years of speculation and development work, this retail center – now said to be 374,300 square feet of space – is under way on a 50-acre parcel at Exit 38 of Interstate I-64, just south of the intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville takes steps on outlet mall deals

    The pond, fish and many trees are gone, and the dirt is moving furiously at the site of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville on Buck Creek Road, and the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday was full of activity as well.

    Commissioners passed along for second reading three ordinances and approved other steps that would affect Horizon Group Property’s 350,000-square-foot outlet mall project, which is slated to be completed in late summer 2014.

  • EARLIER: Fish at outlet mall site get new homes

    Site preparation work is under way this week in Simpsonville on the site of the Outlet Shoppes at Louisville.

    The out mall, being built at the intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads, just south of Interstate 64, is in the preliminary stages of site development, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife was on hand Thursday to clear the fish from the 6.5-acre pond on the property before it is drained. The fish are going to be adopted in the FINs program.

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall: Simpsonville misses grant for sewers

    The City of Simpsonville has missed out on a $970,000 Community Development Block Grant that was intended to help Horizon Group Properties with needed sewer and water work for its 364,000-square-foot outlet mall.

    City officials applied in November for the grant – which is funded by the federal government but administered by state to aid small cities with development needs – and received its rejection on Friday.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville outlet mall is on for Horizon

    Despite the protests of about a half-dozen residents, a proposed outlet mall for the south side of Simpsonville received final approval Tuesday from the Triple S Planning Commission.

    Horizon Group Properties, which is developing the $80 million and nearly 364,000-square-foot Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, did not receive the one waiver it requested, opting to remove a request for 33-foot-tall light poles instead of the regulation 25-foot poles to avoid the decision’s being tabled.

  • EARLIER: Paragon president: We will ‘wait and see’

    With Horizon Group Properties on the verge of presenting its final development plan to the Triple S Planning Commission, Paragon Outlet Partners, which has been planning a competing outlet mall in the same area, has backed off its plans – at least for now.

    Paragon had received a zone change for an 80-acre parcel just on the east side of Buck Creek Road, just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, but Robert Brvenik, the principal with Paragon, said his company has slowed down.

  • EARLIER: Horizon is first to file its outlet mall plan

    It appears that Horizon Group Partners has taken a big lead in the outlet mall race.

    Horizon, a Michigan-based company, on Monday submitted its planned unit development (PUD) to the Triple S Planning Commission, meeting the deadline to be on the commission’s agenda for its meeting on March 20.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said the company’s PUD is very similar to the preliminary plan that it submitted last year with its zone change request.

    “There were no real changes other than removing one outlot,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Analyst: Outlet malls are hot

    Simpsonville apparently isn’t the only place that the outlet mall trade is growing.

    “It seems to be a pretty good, healthy market [across the nation] at this point,” said Carol Kemple, a vice president for Hilliard Lyons in Louisville who is a research analyst for Real Estate Investment Trusts, a category that includes mall builders. “It doesn’t seem to be overbuilt, and there is room for the market to grow.”