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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR)-- The battle of the outlet malls is playing out in Chesterfield. Two major developers have been trying for months to build an outlet mall along Highway 40 on sites less than five miles apart.

Many Chesterfield residents believe that because the two potential outlet malls are planning on building so close together, only one can succeed and the race between the two is on.

While a duel between two developers sounds exciting, it's a bit misleading from reality. The Chesterfield city council already approved the site plans for the mall proposed by Taubman Centers. They have already begun working on their site just across from Chesterfield Commons.

The site plans for the other mall is near the Daniel Boone Bridge off Highway 64, proposed by the Simon Property Group which has not been approved by the city yet.

Those site plans were on the agenda Thursday and were not approved, but moved to the next city council meeting on May 10th.

It was moved due to disagreements in the architecture and potential signage on the building. But that does not mean the Simon Group proposal is necessarily out of the race.

Chesterfield city officials think it is very possible that both developers can build and succeed in both locations in the future.

The outlet mall in discussion already has confirmed Saks Fifth Avenue as a future tenant.

The other mall has not released any names yet, but says they have commitments from several major retailers for their outlet site.