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Draper giving final OKs to mall project

DRAPER (Deseret News) — The purple sign off the interstate entices any red-blooded female driving down I-15: outlet malls.

Pull off the freeway for a closer look, though, and you'll find Draper's Factory Stores of America in an aging building with a quarter of the stores out of business and the rest close to it.

On a Friday night, less than two dozen cars sit in the mall's parking lot. Inside is an even sadder scene, where a handful of shoppers aimlessly wander under faded signs and store employees eye each passing potential customer with hopeful looks in their eyes.

It's here at Draper's northern gateway that the mall shows promise of a burgeoning entertainment center, with neighbors like Draper Peaks shopping area to the south, new housing to the east, St. Mark's hospital to the north and Cowabunga Bay water park to the west.

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