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New Leeds outlet mall almost ready

By Alan Collins

LEEDS, AL (WBRC) - Despite pouring rain Wednesday, workers putting the finishing touches on the $127 million dollar Shops of Grand River at Leeds.

Marketing director Jamie Robinson said preparations may take until the last moment before the Thursday grand opening.

"All of the stores are getting their last minute merchandize in," Robinson said.  "Getting everything ready for tomorrow's opening."

Many of the 64 stores are undergoing inspections to earn their certificate of occupancy license.

"It's going to be busy," Robinson said. "We expect a lot of people to come out. We are arranging for traffic control."

The developer, the Daniel Corporation, is planning a series of activities Thursday and through the weekend. Area shoppers are excited.

"Yeah, I'm excited," Rhonda Ryan, Irondale shopper said. "We are going to be here in the morning, once it opens up."

Ryan has children who work at the Shops of Grand River. Ryan expects to catch some deals on the very first day.

"One shoe store has buy one get two free. Another store has 50 percent off. Another store has a two 99 rack." Ryan said.

Certainly the folks out here at the Shops of Grand River to show up for the grand opening Thursday morning. If you come out here they have a bit of advice for you.

"Get here early and stay as long as your want." Robinson said.

A private VIP party is planned Wednesday night. The shopping center is expected to pour more than $100 million into Leeds and the region over the next 30 years.

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