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Pearl is preparing for more growth and more traffic

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dirt continues to move at what will become the state's largest outlet mall in Pearl.

The Outlets of Mississippi is expected to have 80 stores when it opens November 14th.

The economic development possibilities seem endless to Mayor Brad Rogers.

"With the addition of the mall, the ballpark, the Bass Pro, and the movie theater, and things of that nature. We feel like we have a destination point here," said Rogers.  

The location is perfect for retailers. 200,000 vehicles drive by the site daily, with the help of I-20. Nearly three million people visit nearby Trustmark Park and Bass Pro each year.

The economic boom from Highway 80 to Pearson Road continues on Riverwind Drive, where a hotel is being built.

Rogers believes as one side of the city grows, so will the other.

"There's a lot of folks that want to be where the people are, but you know everybody can't be right here. We believe that a lot of our older section of 80 and other parts of Pearl will be attractive to other businesses," explained Rogers.

With growth comes challenges, especially with more people and cars in your town.

"It just comes with growing and actually it's a problem I'm looking forward to. A problem I'm looking forward to having to solve," said Rogers.

Additional traffic lights will be added to Bass Pro Drive, along with one way in and out lanes.

Roads in the area will be expanded as well.

Childre Road, Riverwind Drive, and Pearson Road will also see a change in traffic.

"Our engineering departments have looked at (the expected increase in traffic) and are attempting to resolve a lot of that ahead of time. However, you know as well as I anytime it's something new, folks coming in from out of town, there's gonna be some traffic issues, but at the end of the day you know I think folks understand that," said Rogers.

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