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New shopping outlet could pump millions into Southaven's economy

(WMC-TV) - It's just dirt right now, but the plan for a vacant plot of land at I-55 and Church road should bring a shopping mecca to Southaven, Mississippi.

"What we've been told is it will be very similar to destination outlets like in Foley, Alabama and Destin, Florida," Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said Friday.

Davis said Memphis developers Poag and Simco plan to put a 330,000 square foot, high-end outlet mall at the site.

While shoppers hope to save money, the city of Southaven is counting on making money -  a million dollars in sales tax revenue a year.

Meanwhile, city residents like Angie Naylor are anxious for a shot at one of 300 to 400 jobs the development will bring to the city.

"Right now I'm just working part time retail, so I thought, well, if this new one opens, I can advance back up to management and get a better job," Naylor said.

Though there is some concern about the additional traffic the mall will bring, development should soon start picking up.

"Hopefully they can begin a little more earnest work tying down the stores, and begin construction hopefully in the next year or so," Davis said.

I-55 and Church Road will likely get even busier. According to Davis, the new mall is only going to occupy half of the acreage that's available for retail at the site of the new shopping complex.

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