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Outlets of LR holding preview event for charities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Outlets of Little Rock is hosting a sneak peek shopping night on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. the night before the grand opening.

The "Open Doors. Open Hearts" Charity Preview Night will raise money for 20 central Arkansas charities and provide guests with an exclusive first look at the new open air outlet center with an evening of shopping, savings, prize giveaways, entertainment and more.

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Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Stand-up comedian Mark Klein is bringing his talents to an assisted living facility in Maumelle with a personal goal of performing for the severely underserved senior market. 

“My dad is in his 90s,” says Klein. “If he still enjoys comedy, I see no reason other folks his age won’t enjoy it as well.” 

Klein began his professional stand-up career during the comedy boom of the 80s. Since then, he’s gone on to conquer the cruise ship circuit and corporate comedy gigs. He has been profiled by CBS, GQ Magazine and Forbes. Now, Mark is setting out to perform for seniors in need of a good laugh. 

“Just because they are older, doesn't mean they have lost their need for laughter and love of comedy.”

Klein will perform at Elmcroft Senior Living located at 100 Bringler Drive in Maumelle on November 2. It will last from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

'Shopping destination' planned around outlets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Outlets of Little Rock are near completion with the grand opening set for this Friday.

However, it's not just those 75 shops bringing something new to the Otter Creek area. Plans for another shopping center and entertainment destination near the outlets are starting.

The developer of the land says he has plans to utilize every inch of the 170 acres. Local businesses that have already settled in are looking forward to what the new additions will bring to their businesses.

"We opened the day before the Razorback Little Rock game so we've been open about a month now," said Steve Jenkins, owner of Hogman's Gameday Superstore.

When Steve Jenkins decided to open another Hogman's Gameday Superstore in Arkansas, he had only one location in mind.

Heavy traffic expected as Outlets of LR open

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands of people are expected to travel from across central Arkansas this weekend for the grand opening of the Outlets of Little Rock.

If you plan to shop this weekend, you should prepare yourself for heavy crowds and a lot of traffic.

Mall management say they have a plan in place to make sure the weekend goes smoothly and local business owners in the area say they're prepared as well.

"There was not a spot in the lot and the interstate was stopped. It was crazy," said Will Anderson, General Manager of Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock.

Two years ago Bass Pro Shop opened its first location in Arkansas, a day General Manager, Will Anderson, says he'll never forget.

"We planned for big and it definitely delivered," said Anderson.

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State fair expecting record breaking numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The rides, the food, games and livestock all pull big numbers at the fair.

However, at the end of the day it comes down to weather.

"Today is a good day. First of all, we like the weather coming in here," said Reginald Hooks.

It's sunshine. The most important ingredient among the salt, sugar, and deep fry batter that brings people to the fairgrounds.

"I have to get a turkey leg and I have to get some alligator, I have to," said Hooks.

Ralph Eubanks says attendance took a hit last year from weather, but this year it's a different story.

"We're way up, about 85,000 [visitors] ahead of last year," said Eubanks.

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Final preps underway at Outlets of Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The countdown is on and we are less than five days away from the opening of the Outlets of little Rock.

The 325,000 square foot shopping mall located near Bass Pro Shops will open to the public on Friday, which means these next few days its full steam ahead for those working behind the scenes.

"It's exciting but its hectic and chaotic, we like to call it organized chaos," said Melissa Boyle with the Outlets of Little Rock.

It's the only way to describe it as the clock ticks down to the grand opening of the Outlets of Little Rock.

"Right now we've got trucks coming in and we've got tractors behind me and walkie talkies going off. We've got skylifts everywhere. It's still a construction site," said Boyle.

"We've got jellybeans and M&M's and gummies…everything just waiting to be put out."