WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- The Mayfair Collection kicked off its much-anticipated grand opening in Wauwatosa on Thursday, April 3rd.
The cold, wet and downright dreary weather did not dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who ventured there to shop.
Sue Binter joined a steady stream of shopping visiting the new collection of shops near Highway 45 and Burleigh.
"I'm thrilled to see all the cars that are here, all the people that have come," said Binter." "People in Wauwatosa, I think, are very excited to see this."
But the Mayfair Collection is not important just for Wauwatosa, it's important to Milwaukee County as well because it'll generate significant sales tax from the stores.
FOX6 News has been told 60 percent of the Mayfair Collection's Phase One retailers are up and running. Other merchants are in negotiations to fill the remaining space.
By the end of May, Phase Two of the collection's construction gets started. It'll include three Bartolotta restaurants -- the first which is set to open by the end of 2014.