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Indianapolis-based Simon Prop­erty Group and Tanger Fac­tory Out­let Cen­ters of North Car­olina recently announced plans to to develop an upscale out­let cen­ter on a 65-acre tract of land near the south­west­ern sec­tion off of the Inter­state 71/Ohio 37/U.S. 36 interchange.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Delaware County is going to be known as the retail mecca of Ohio,” Delaware County Com­mis­sioner Den­nis Sta­ple­ton said.

The pro­posed 350,000-square-foot out­let mall will house more than 90 upscale brand name and designer out­let stores, accord­ing to a press release about the joint venture.

The grand open­ing of the shop­ping cen­ter, which is expected to be called Tanger Out­lets, is expected to occur in time for the 2014 hol­i­day shop­ping season.

The con­struc­tion phase is expected to last about one year, and will cre­ate about 300 jobs for skilled work­ers. Once com­pleted, the out­let mall is expected to employ more than 900 in retail and sales positions.