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LAS VEGAS - Downtown Las Vegas is booming. New stores will open at the Downtown Container Park Thursday, and that's great news for the valley's economy.

Developers of the Downtown Container Park took a risk – turning old shipping containers into retail space. Almost two years later, the risk is turning into a reward.

The people behind this project say it has exceeded expectations. Since November 2013, more than 1.6 million people have visited the Downtown Container Park.

It's made up of 43 repurposed shipping containers and 41 steel cubes stacked and strategically placed to make up this shopping and entertainment venue.

Thirty eight shops, restaurants and bars call the Downtown Container Park home. The location is capturing a lot of attention.

“People are interested in what we're doing, why we're doing it, how we did it and, in many cases, can we help them replicate this in other parts of the country or around the world?” said Downtown Project Director of Retail Doug McPhail.

Five new businesses will open Thursday: Max Luxx, San Miguel Trading Company, Monocle Optical, Teazled and Beasley Media Group.

Max Luxx owner Michael Mac says he's been eyeing a spot at the Downtown Container Park since it opened.

He says the clientele and the mix of surrounding businesses is what drew him downtown.

Max Luxx specializes in designer handbags and sells what Mac calls “pre-loved” merchandise.

“Why we say it's pre-loved is because most of the luxury bags that we get are handled and cared for in such a way that they're loved,” he said. “So, we call them pre-loved and, that way, they're passed on, and they have some good karma to go with it.”

City and business leaders will gather for Thursday's grand opening of the five new businesses beginning at 1 p.m.

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