Leeds to get a new shopping center

By Emily Luxen

LEEDS, AL (WBRC) - A new multi-million dollar outlet shopping center is headed to Leeds. Developers say it will bring a big economic boost to the area. The 330,000 square foot center is called, "The Shops of Grand River."

It will be located near I-20, just down the road from the Bass Pro Shops and Barber Motorsports Park.

It will bring 650 jobs and millions of dollars over the years to the local economy. Area shoppers say they can't wait to check it out.

"I think it will be great," said Cindy Rock. "Everything is too expensive in the stores around here now, so it will be nice to have an outlet."

Developers say the center will feature more than 30 outlet stores featuring brands like Polo, Gap, and Banana Republic, and they say it will be the perfect complement to the existing Bass Pro Shops and Barber Motorsports Park.

Area residents say they hope it is the start of more growth and revenue coming into the community.

"I think it will be a boost to this community," said Randy Britt, "I've been in this area 35 years. I think it will be an extra plus, I really do."

The Shops of Grand River is scheduled to open at the end of October 2010.

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