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Shoppers Celebrate Opening of Mall at Bay Plaza

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Bronx shoppers have a new place to browse with the opening Thursday of a new indoor mall.

The Mall at Bay Plaza in Co-Op City is the first of its kind in about 40 years.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presided over the ribbon cutting at the new 780,000 square-foot indoor retail space.

The shopping center has stores like Macy's, H&M and Michael Kors.

Shoppers who spoke with NY1 say they're excited about the mall, and the nearly 1,800 jobs it created.

"I think it's about time they give some attention to the Bronx, so this is a step in the right direction," said one shopper.

"Oh yeah, it's convenient, real convenient," said a second shopper.

"It's so beautiful, and the stores are amazing. I love the details and everything," said a third.

Beauty and convenience aside, this mall also packs a punch for the local economy. Officials say hundreds have been hired, and many of them live within walking distance.

"Look at all the jobs it created. That's the main thing," said one person at the mall. "And a lot of people I know from Co-op City got the jobs,"

"I personally just got a job here myself. I got a job at Joe's Crab Shack," said one person at the mall. "So it's just, a lot of people in my community, we needed jobs."

The mall is expected to draw thousands to the area, and has raised some concerns about traffic tie-ups, but elected officials say they're addressing the issue and seeking community input to make future improvements.

"We are going to get a spike in traffic, but we're doing everything that we can, from widening the lanes to reconfigurating how you get in and out of these places," Diaz said.

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