The Great Mall has really turned around from the awful place it used to be several years ago to a nice, vibrant place with good bargains and decent shops. Although claimed to be an outlet mall, it has shied away from the historically poor selection and service of an outlet mall to something between normal retail and bargain basement. Expect to find great bargains and somewhat good bargains. Stores range from showing classic outlet garbage to some very nice selections comparable to a Macy's.
Ignore any reviews by this site or others prior to 2004, as too many changes have taken place to make them meaningful. All my friends who've come back have been very impressed.
And yes, there is now a bypass through the middle of the mall. Thank goodness, because this place is very spread out.
Pros: good bargains
Cons: only one, big level, parking