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A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Republican Bob Andriot long has been heavily involved in Shelbyville and Shelby County through his businesses and volunteer work.
Now that he’s downsizing from a home in the county to the apartment above his Bell House Restaurant on Main Street, Andriot is looking to use his business sense to help promote Shelbyville.
“I am very passionate about Shelbyville promoting good growth, looking to the future with the hope for diversity of businesses and more opportunities for people to enjoy being downtown,” he said. “I believe the bypass should remain a bypass; therefore growth should be from downtown out.”
Having owned several businesses during the past 34 years, including currently Bell House and as a partner in W.J. Andriot’s Paint, Wallpaper and Flooring, he said he wants to encourage others to continue to expand the businesses in the downtown landscape.
“I want to encourage entrepreneurial investment into our historic properties and bring urban living into the downtown district,” he said.
As a member of the Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade (SMART) and the Shelbyville Preservation Group, Andriot knows how to mix Shelbyville’s past with its present and future.
“I have owned retail businesses for thirty-four years and have a good understanding of what it takes to be successful,” he said. “I want to leave a better Shelbyville for future generations. And I believe I can work closely with [the Shelby County] fiscal court, [the Triple S] planning and zoning and Shelby Development Corporation to make this happen.”
Andriot, 67, has been married to Sue Andriot for 47 years and has four children and six grandchildren.