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Construction continues on Woodstock outlet mall

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Woodstock leaders said construction is on schedule at a new 100-store outlet mall that is the biggest economic development project in the city's history.

The $80 million Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is a 370,000-square-foot outlet center that will feature stores including Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Brooks Brothers.

"I think it's very convenient because, like I said, my son drives a long way and when I have to go (shopping) with him, it's an hour drive," said Susan Adams, a Woodstock resident.

The project will create 1,000 construction jobs during various phases. When open, the outlet mall will create more than a 1,000 permanent jobs as well as up to 800 seasonal positions.

"It feels really good after the last two or three years with how the economy has been to see progress," said Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon.

The outlet mall is now 25 percent complete.

"I think outlet malls when they've been located close to a large urban market like Atlanta have survived the test of time," said Moon.

Some worry the mall may create traffic tie ups in the area.

"I feel like it could get really busy up here," said Stanton Silvey of Woodstock. "I know that the Woodstock area, downtown Woodstock, does get really congested in the mornings and late afternoons."

While some malls have gone into foreclosure in recent years and hundreds of stores have closed in the tough economy, Woodstock leaders are confident the mall will be a success.

"I think number one, it's the closest to the city of Atlanta than any of the other outlet malls," said Moon. "Number two, it has direct access to an interstate and not all of them have that."

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