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Construction of new outlets on Pooler Parkway begins

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

The Villages on Pooler Parkway is almost complete and construction on the new Outlet Mall of Georgia is underway.

Developers have cleared the land for the Outlet Mall of Georgia. Wet weather has stalled some work in recent weeks but the project is right on track.

Developer Ben Carter says right now 70 percent of the retail space has been leased, and they hope to have 90 percent negotiated by the end of January.

Carter says the site is set to open by April of 2015. They expect the outlet mall, which will include four anchor stores, food court, restaurants and a variety of shops to bring in about 1500 new jobs.

Coming later this month, the developer plans on making a major announcement about the businesses that will be coming here. This comes as great news for the Pooler Chamber of Commerce.

"It has been a great year with the announcement of the outlet coming in, Nordic cold storage expanding and traffic improvements," said the Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce Karen Robertson. "We are looking forward to hundreds of jobs coming. There are some things in the works for 2014 that have not been announced yet, but more details will be coming about that."

Pooler City Council recently approved a traffic improvement plan that will make traveling in Pooler safer and will also get people around town a bit quicker.

You may notice traffic cones already in place along Pooler Parkway. There are four main points along the parkway that will see some changes.

The turn into the YMCA onto Isaac La Roache Drive/Durham Park Boulevard will be extended, and a new left turn will be constructed at Godley Station Boulevard.

This will allow people to go back toward the neighborhoods.

At Park Avenue North they are doubling the turn lane going north off of Pooler Parkway.

Finally, at Maxwell Drive, you will no longer be able to make an unsafe left turn onto Pooler Parkway.

"We have a lot of things coming to the city of Pooler, but some of them are being built today," said Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb. "The Villages is behind Logan's and McDonald's. That will be completed soon. We wanted to make sure we could get some traffic moved around, plus traffic is getting busier all the time and in perpetration this will help when the mall comes in."

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