March 29, 2006--Posted at 4:00 p.m. CST
"I jumped out of bed, I was already dressed. I dressed myself last night," said shopper Kassi Ogden.
Residents across Region 8 have planned for this day for weeks and thousands got an early start on their day.
"I got here at 4:30 probably," shopper Sequoyah McGuire.
Shoppers lined up before sunrise and before the ribbons were cut and the doors were opened, a line formed from the front door all the way to Chuck E. Cheese, filled with shoppers ready to spend money.
"We were expecting a large turnout out. This is a speechless crowd, we never imagined it would be this big," said mall general manager Jason Whitley.
With over 3100 parking spots at the Mall at Turtle Creek and every single one filled, that meant throughout the day there were 4,000-5,000 people shopping.
"I think it is good because the other one was small and this one is much bigger with a lot more stores," said McGuire.
Shoppers took breaks from their busy schedules to make sure they were on hand for this major event.
"I didn't have a really good spring break because it was cold, so my mom told me I could skip school," said McGuire.
So instead of history, geography and math, students who played hooky got a lesson in supply and demand.
"I wanted to come here to check out all the cool stuff," said student Gage Briney.
The mall is expected to raise tax revenue for the area, add new jobs, and increase property value. But many feel it's impact is much larger.