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Developers of the
Village on Pooler Parkway, located north of the outlets off Benton Boulevard,
announcing seven more tenants.
The new development that
includes a recently opened Olive Garden, now has 18 confirmed tenants.
project will now include a Hibbett Sports, Kirkland's, a home furnishings
retailer, Visionworks, Legacy Nails, Sprint, GNC and Kay Jewelers. Already open
in addition to Olive Garden is McDonald's and Logan's Roadhouse.
The other retailers
expected to open are T.J. Maxx, Ross Dress for Less and Michael's, a crafts
supply store, and PetSmart.
announced these tenants in March: Moe's Southwest Grill, Jersey Mike's,
Jalapeno's and Panera Bread, Rack Room Shoes, Palm Beach Tan and Aspen Dental.
According to the
developer's leasing agent Fraser Schaufele, the retail center is 95 percent
leased. They expect to fill the remaining vacant space that features an outdoor
patio before opening next year.
Ask anyone in Pooler and
they will tell you they are excited for all the new development, but many are
still concerned with the amount of traffic congestion these new stores might
Mayor Mike Lamb said
the city is just wrapping up a traffic study and plan on making bids on road
improvements in the near future.
"We are trying to
get ahead of the curve, which is hard when the city of Pooler is growing as
fast as it is," Lamb said. "We got some bids that we will start
sending out for traffic work, over in that area that we feel will help with
Folks in Pooler are
already noticing an increase in traffic with the the opening of Olive Garden,
Logan's Steakhouse and McDonalds, some business's part of the New Village on
"It's more difficult
and I expect it to get worse," said visitor Nancy Traywick.
"There had been a
study done that 19,000 cars go into Pooler parkway every day," said
Resident Lorenzo McDonald. "If you round that to a year that is 7 million
cars a year on Pooler Parkway, so the concern of traffic is tremendous. There
is 27 million cars on 95 every year. What's going to happen when we put up
these shopping centers and how are we going to handle that?"
Lamb said the city
plans on taking bids on road improvement projects starting in October to help
make sure Pooler is ready.
"There will be
the Benton Boulevard realignment work done - work done on Pooler Parkway; work
done from there to 95. That's in connection with the outlet mall coming," Lamb
said. "We are going to have to start ramping stuff up and getting stuff
With the new outlet
mall also expected to be done by 2015 the mayor hopes to make improvements so
people can advantage of alternative routes.
"Benton is a
connection road between Jimmy Deloach and Pooler Parkway," Lamb said.
"I would hope at some point where Benton is four lanes in Pooler. Going
down the road it will be four lanes all the way to Jimmy Deloach and would be a
way for some traffic go in that direction."
"I hope they will
be able to handle it and it won't be so bad for all of us that like to come
here," said Traywick.
The mayor said work is
also expected to be done on I 95. Many lanes with be widened and additional
lanes will be added.