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Southaven plans to become regional shopping destination

SOUTHAVEN — Local officials are expecting the outlet mall under construction by Tanger and Poag Shopping Centers to make Southaven a regional business destination.

“We are 250 miles from six states and we will probably draw from all of them. This isn’t your local mall,” Carmen Kyle, executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, told The Commercial Appeal.

Tanger and Poag are building a 310,000-square-foot upscale outlet center off Interstate 55 just south of Memphis.

Plans call for 70 designer and name-brand stores employing nearly 1,000 workers.

Tanger, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, will release the names of retailers at a groundbreaking at the construction site on March 13.

In Tanger’s 46 other shopping centers throughout the nation, retailers include Michael Kors, Abercrombie & Fitch, Clarks Bostonian, Nike and Reebok.

“As retailers are announced, we’ll partner with them to provide the connections and local insight necessary to develop more than 900 full- and part-time positions planned for the outlet mall,” Kyle said.

It is a racetrack-designed lifestyle center, said Whitney Choat-Cook, Southaven director of planning and development. Stores face inward with walking paths lacing the grounds. Parking goes in a massive lot outside the racetrack. Along the paths in the Tanger center, shoppers will find greenery, benches, porches and water features.

The mall will spawn a new artery of retail development for Southaven, said Danny Buring, a partner with the local office of The Shopping Center Group.

“It’s a game changer,” Buring said. “It’s the first time a large-scale retailer has broken from the Goodman Road allure.”

For two decades, retail chains shoehorned and shoved their big boxes on side-by-side commercial lots up and down Goodman Road through Horn Lake, Southaven and Olive Branch. Average daily traffic counts rose from 23,000 vehicles in 1996 to full capacity of 40,000 vehicles in 2012, said Choat-Cook.



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