KSP, outlet shop management prepare for traffic in Simpsonville


by Michaela MacDonald


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 4:55 PM

SIMPSONVILLE, KY --The finishing touches are going on the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass before its grand opening Thursday.

The almost 90 store mall is expected to draw in thousands of shoppers opening weekend.

"We have a detail for state police that is just assigned to this opening so we can insure it goes as quickly and safely as possible," Kentucky State Police Trooper Kendra Wilson said.

Trooper Wilson says law enforcement has coordinated with outlet management to create an opening weekend traffic plan.

"There will be state troopers on I-64 and corresponding roads to direct traffic where they need to go, also there will be digital signs on the road that will indicate what are the open lanes to traffic to flow on 64 and which lanes will be primarily designated to come into the mall," Wilson said.

"Typically well have anywhere from 10-15,000 people and of course that will be spread throughout the day. When you come here it's going to feel that you're at a maybe football or basketball game at first when it takes you a lot of time to get here, but once you get here you'll find that the shopping center will be able to management those people very comfortably," Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group said.

The outlet has a little over 6,000 parking spots available. The majority are located across the street in two parking fields and also at the Shelby county flea market.

"We'll have shuttles running back in forth there. We are going to move all of our employees off the lot to make room for our customers," Slechta said.

If you are looking to beat the crowds there is a VIP preview event Wednesday night which costs $50. For more information, visit www.theoutletshoppesofthebluegrass.com.