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New Outlet Mall Set To Bring Upscale Stores, Traffic To Sunbury

By Denise Yost

A new outlet mall is coming to Delaware County, and that means jobs and bargains – along with more traffic for an already busy interchange.

Tanger Outlets Corporation is building a 350,000 square foot mall at Interstate 71 and state Routes 36/37, and it's scheduled to be open for the 2014 holiday season.

"I just found it very coincidental that in less than a month after that interchange was rebuilt, they announce they are going to build that mall in there," said Cass Tumblison, an area resident.

A Tanger Outlet representative said that even though they are in the early stages of development, traffic is one of the aspects the company will be evaluating.

The response was less than assuring for Tumblison, who has driven through the interchange over the last 20 years.

Tumblison said that before the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) finished the $3 million safety improvement project at the interchange a month ago, Tumblison has waited as long as 30 minutes to inch his way through.

"For Tanger now to come in, we are going to go from a Monday through Friday bottleneck of traffic to this is going to be a seven day a week, the traffic impact that it is going to create on that area, we're not going to be able to handle it," he said.

ODOT spokesperson Nancy Burton said that a traffic impact study has to be completed first.

"In order for the doors to open at this new outlet, they will work and we will work with the county, the municipality and the developer to figure out how will the impact affect this interchange and what will be done to handle the impact of that traffic," Burton said.

"I'm fine with them putting it in there. I just want to make sure that Delaware County, the regional folks, the township that live in that area, that is going to affect everybody," Tumblison said.

A Tanger Outlet spokesperson said the mall expects 300 new construction jobs and retailers could hire for more than 900 full- and part-time positions.

The mall is expected to house 90 upscale brand and designer outlet stores.

Delaware County Development Director Gus Comstock said the projected county sales tax revenue from the new mall could be $1.8 million.

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