Thousands expected for Leeds' mall opening

LEEDS, AL (WBRC) - Thursday is a big day for the city of Leeds. Thousands of shoppers are expected to converge on the city's newest mall, the Shops at Grand River.

The Shops at Grand River is the biggest mall project this area has seen in years. It features more than 50 stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach Factory and GAP.

On Wednesday, workers put the finishing touches on the outlet center. Many of the  stores underwent their final inspections for certificates of occupancy.  

Shoppers and Leeds residents say they are excited about the new shopping opportunities and the revenue it will bring to the city.

"This is going to bring in revenue to the area. It's going to increase the population. It's going to be a plus for the kids to hand out so they don't have to go across town to get into mischief," said resident Rhonda Ryan.

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