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Southaven prepares for Tanger Outlet mall opening

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven is expecting a traffic nightmare from Friday’s opening of the Tanger regional mall.

City officials have made a series of changes on nearby roads, providing shuttle service for opening weekend and encouraging visitors to consider alternative routes.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite tells The Commercial Appeal he hopes the modifications will ease flow as the city awaits long-term improvements to Interstate 55 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Tanger, with more than 70 factory outlet stores, is expected to be a regional draw, employing about 1,000 and pumping some $7.5 million in sales tax revenue annually into the local economy.

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