This is probably the most exciting thing to happen to the area where I grew up!

A brand new outlet mall is currently being built in Gloucester Township and is planning to open for business by late summer.

You can see the structures starting to take form at exit 7B off of Route 42 and will be accessible from both the freeway and the Black Horse Pike in Blackwood. The Gloucester Premium Outlets will be a 90-store, approximately 413,000-square-foot outdoor outlet mall with an additional 32,000 square feet of room designating for future expansion. The new shopping center is slated for an August 7th ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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The project is a joint venture between PREIT-Rubin (Cherry Hill Mall/Cumberland Mall/Voorhees Town Center) and Simon Property Group (Philadelphia Premium Outlets/ Jersey Shore Outlets).

The 65-acre mall will be composed of nine separate buildings with an open-air design featuring outdoor seating, food kiosks, fire pits and more. Parking will be located in a ring around the stores.

Gloucester Township mayor David Mayer told newsworks.org he wanted the shopping center to have expanded green space in contrast to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pa., which boasts mostly concrete.

"[The township] really wanted this to be an integrated feature in the town," said Danielle De Vita, senior vice president of developments for Simon Properties. "Almost like a town center."

No stores are likely to be announced until closer to the grand opening.

The outlets are will bring an estimated 300 construction jobs and around 800 permanent part- and full-time jobs to Gloucester Township.