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First buildings going up at Tanger's Southaven location

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Significant progress is well underway for the new outlet mall in Southaven.

For the first time, steel frames are being constructed on the first building.

This comes just weeks after a groundbreaking was held for the project that is expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs to the Mid-South.

Workers are making giant strides to get the Tanger Outlet Shops open in time for Black Friday.

“They've been going after it pretty hard--you know the building is coming up--even on Sundays, working seven days-a-week. I mean they're going at it,” neighbor Ray Woods said.

Woods lives right across from where the shops will be, and he says he's already seeing the project create jobs with dozens of workers in hard hats.

“I've seen a lot of dirt work and you know it's bringing a lot of jobs in,” Woods said.

WMC Action News 5 sent a crew to Woods' neighborhood to see how the construction is impacting people who live there.

Many thought traffic would be a nightmare, but Laura Everlee says so far so good.

“You can hear some of the noise I guess depending on what they're doing but it hasn't been a lot of traffic,” Everlee said.

There's still plenty of mystery about what other retail destinations shoppers can look forward to enjoying.

Outlet managers wouldn't release any more store names, but still plan to be open for Black Friday.

“I think it's going to take longer than that. With weather, you can't control the weather,” Everlee said.

With the sun at workers' backs and warm weather ahead, neighbors expect to see more dirt moving this summer so they can start shopping in the fall.

“I'm impressed by the whole thing, I don't think it's going to take long at all and you know we need the jobs in the community,” Woods said.

The hiring process should begin by late summer or early fall, according to Tanger officials.

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