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Southaven outlet mall 'high priority' on city agenda

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The projected opening date was the fall of 2013, but anyone can tell by looking at the property that it will not make the date. The projected opening date was the fall of 2013, but anyone can tell by looking at the property that it will not make the date.
Southaven Alderman George Payne said the project is high on the city's agenda. Southaven Alderman George Payne said the project is high on the city's agenda.
SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Plans for a new low-priced outlet mall are moving slower than previously thought.

In July 2011, a high end outlet mall at I-55 and Church road was on the fast track in Southaven. At that time, outgoing Mayor Greg Davis said it would be similar to destination outlets like in Foley, Alabama and Destin, Florida.

The projected opening date was the fall of 2013, but anyone can tell by looking at the property that it will not make the date. There is still acres of overgrown weeds. Trees were cleared to make way for the 330,000 square foot mall, but there is no sign of construction.

Southaven Alderman George Payne said the project is high on the city's agenda.

"That will be a game changer for the city of Southaven, and it's still ... a work in progress," he said

But like many large construction projects, contract negotiations have slowed down the timeline.

"We've got our attorneys looking over things making sure it's a good fit that we don't put the city in any kind of jeopardy," said Payne.

For now, shoppers may have to wait another year for designer deals and the 300 to 400 new jobs the mall is expected to bring.

"The outlet mall is one of several high priority issues being discussed at this time," said Southaven Mayor-elect Darren Musselwhite in a statement.

It could be the fall of 2014 before the new mall opens.

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