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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Clay Smith, owner of CSB Diversified, of Charlotte and his team pressure washed the walkways Thursday morning. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Devin Rankin, steam irons shirts in the Haggar Clothing outlet store Thursday. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Directional signage and decorative outdoor lighting has recently gone up at the outlet mall. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Painting was underway in Market Hall that will house the food court. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Derrik Nickerson (CQ Derrik) an electrician with Antonio Electrical connects lighting fixtures in the food court of Market Hall Thursday. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Trees, flowers and bushes are being planted at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday as the grand opening nears. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Boxes stack up outside of stores as electricians wire fixtures at Charlotte Premium Outlets Thursday. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Signage for store signs is wired on towers at Charlotte Premium Outlets Thursday. Work continues at Charlotte Premium Outlets on Thursday July 24, 2014. Charlotte's first mall since Northlake is set to open July 31, the biggest retail development in the city in the tumultuous years since the housing crash and recession. But in a sign of the times, it's an outlet mall - not a regular mall - that's being built in Steele Creek. Charlotte's new outlet mall fits in with the nationwide boom in outlet malls and the decline of traditional malls. 100 stores are spread over 400,000 square feet.
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