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New Outlet Mall Coming to Springfield Soon
Putting Springfield on the map for not only tourism but shopping--that is the goal of The Outlets at Springfield, a strip mall that is supposed to pop up along the MacArthur Boulevard Extension.
A pair of city committees still needs to consider it, but city leaders say they are expecting to move forward, making way for dozens of new upscale stores and hundreds of new jobs.
"The planned outlet malls for Springfield will just be an extra opportunity for us to really promote ourselves as a regional destination for not only tourism but for shopping as well," Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe said.
Eighty retailers are poised to be built, and a pair of new restaurants are eager to cash in.
"If Springfield's all that supports us, we'll be just fine," Engrained Brewing Company owner Brent Schwoerer said. "I'm very excited to be here in Springfield. But the outlets is nothing but a potential upside, more visitors, it's good for everybody."
That's including the city, which is hoping to bring in more tax dollars.
"So if you're shopping at Legacy Pointe, you'll be paying a 1 percent additional sales tax," Jobe said. "That 1 percent all goes toward infrastructure improvements and development at Legacy Pointe. I'm not certain of the revenue generation yet, but if you look at what Scheels has done in terms of generation, it's been a major shot in the arm for the city of Springfield."
The owner of D'Arcy's Pint is getting in on the action too by opening an Italian bistro.
"I'm hoping that they can compliment each other," D'Arcy's Pint owner Hallie Pierceall said. "And even with that outlet mall being as close to D'arcy's as it is, that's also going to be great for us. I'm hoping that we can gain some customers for both areas."
City officials and business leaders call this area "the future." The outlets are supposed to bring in at least 800 new jobs
"And I think in the future you'll see commercial growth," Jobe said. "You'll probably see some residential growth."
But it all goes back to "old" Springfield. The project's architects say they hope the strip mall can be the "launching point for the entire Springfield-Lincoln experience."
Jobe said he expects the city to fully approve the project by the fall. They then have to wait for the nod from developers, who are sticking to their target date of a grand opening in the spring.
The Outlets at Springfield will be more than 340,000 square feet on 30 acres of land.