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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- We're less than 24 hours away from the grand opening of the Charlotte Premium Outlets and along with more stores to shop in, neighbors are anxious about more traffic coming to the area.

"It's like a love, hate thing," said Jeffrey Yang. "I like that it's there, but at the same time I worry about consequences."

Yang lives in the Berewick neighborhood just down the road. He and many others know when the mall opens big changes are on the way, which is exciting for Tim Jowers.

"It's kind of the town center we never had, so we're looking forward to having some restaurants and places we can just walk to," Jowers said.

Yang still has his concerns.

"We don't want any burglaries or anything happening in our homes just because there's a whole ton of people that are going to be around the area," Yang said.

With more people comes more cars, so to help with the traffic concerns a left-hand turn lane was put in on Shopton Road during construction.

"They're also working on additional turning lanes and things like that on the front of the center, on Dixie River Road, and Shopton as well," said Holly Roberson, director of marketing and business development for the outlets.

That's good news for neighbor Donald Finale.

"I think the biggest concern of most residents is coming through the neighborhood. I think if that doesn't materialize, then I think everybody will be happy," Finale said.

Rezoning paperwork from the City of Charlotte back in April estimates the amount of traffic will double near the outlets. Roberson says shuttles will provide additional transportation for people to and from the mall during the four-day grand opening weekend.

The ribbon cutting is at 9:30 Thursday morning.

Newest announced stores:

  • Ann Taylor Factory Store
  • BeBe
  • Charlotte Russe
  • Chico's
  • Converse
  • Easy Spirit
  • Express Outlet
  • Fragrance Outlet
  • Francesca's Collection
  • Janie & Jack
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Joseph A Bank
  • Lane Bryant
  • Loft Outlet
  • New York & Company Outlet
  • Nine West
  • Oakley Vault
  • Reebok
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Talbots
  • White House Black Market
  • Yankee Candle

Stores previously announced include the following:

  • adidas
  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle
  • ASICS
  • Auntie Anne's/Planet Smoothie
  • Banana Republic
  • Bass
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Carters
  • Charleys Grilled Subs
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Coach
  • Cole Haan
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Crocs
  • Dressbarn
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Famous Footwear
  • Finish Line
  • Fossil
  • Gap
  • Gold Toe
  • Great American Cookie
  • Gymboree
  • Haggar
  • Hanesbrands
  • Hartstrings
  • Hot Topic
  • J Crew
  • Jockey
  • Justice
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Kitchen Collection
  • Kung Pao Wok
  • Le Creuset
  • Lindt Chocolate
  • Lucky
  • Luggage Factory
  • Michael Kors
  • Movado
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Old Navy
  • Osh Kosh
  • Perfumania
  • Puma
  • Quicksilver
  • Rack Room Shoes
  • Robert Wayne Shoes
  • Saks
  • Samsonite
  • Seiko
  • Skechers
  • Starbucks
  • Steve Madden
  • Sunglass Warehouse
  • Swarovski
  • The Body Shop
  • The Children's Place
  • The Cosmetic Company Store
  • The Uniform Company
  • Tillys
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Torrid
  • Umi Shushi
  • Under Armour
  • Vitamin World
  • Wet Seal
  • Wilson's Leather
  • Zumiez
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