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Business

  • Retail heating up

    With temperatures lingering in the 90s, summer is heating up and so are the some summer-related retail items.  Rural King assistant manager Kim Matthews said they have been selling tons of fans and lawn-related items.

    She said sales have remained high.

    Sales may not be so hot across the map, however. CNNMoney reported that retail sales in June fell .3 percent from May. This data, they noted, is surprising because April and May were also both slow retail seasons, despite the expectation that sales would bounce back after a slow winter.

  • Thorntons to close for renovations

    Shelbyville commuters who look to Thorntons for their morning coffee may be disappointed for a few weeks this summer. The Midland Trail store is expected to close at the beginning of August for renovations.

    Rex Loeffler, a representative with Thorntons, said they expect the store’s revamping to take about 40 days, but it could be longer.

    “This is a little older store so there may be a little more involved,” he said.

  • Dealership to storage lot

    Eyebrows have been rising as the former Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC lot on Taylorsville Road started filling up with trucks again over the last few weeks.

    After sitting vacant for nearly a year, there are now about 200 white incomplete work trucks occupying the space but despite people stopping by to look, there are no salespeople coming out.

    Rick Hill with Auto Truck Group, located in Kingbrook Commerce Center in Simpsonville, assures those vehicles are not for sale.

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • NAPA store earns high recognition

    Only two years after reopening the NAPA Auto Parts store in Shelbyville, the Riner Group has already distinguished itself in the industry, earning the prestigious Five Star Excellence Award for 2015.

    The five-star status is awarded based on achievement in sales growth, store presentation, wholesale marketing and education and training.

    The NAPA store, located at 114 Main St. in Shelbyville, had closed in 2012, and was reopened the following spring by Shelby Riner, owner of Derby Cycles.

  • Fuel costs rising with the temps

    As we welcome spring, many of us emerge from a long winter spent in the comfort of our warm homes to celebrate the new season with picnics and trips to the lake.

    The aroma of barbeque chicken roasting on the grill and grass clippings fill in the air, our spirits rise with the temperature, as does the price of fuel, just when we need it most. 

    Last Wednesday fuel prices in Shelby County surpassed that fateful $2 mark, costing drivers about 50 cents more per gallon than last month, according to Gasbuddy.com.

  • Crosley is expanding

    Having outgrown their 260,000 square-foot distribution and warehouse in Simpsonville, Crosley, an electronics and furniture company, is ready to expand. 

    “We need more space as our product line continues to grow,” Crosley CEO Bo LeMastus said.

    Crosley will lease a 255,000 square-foot building adjacent to their current Simpsonville facility in Kingbrook Commerce Park from their longtime landlord, Noltemeyer Capital.

    “We’ve been with them probably fifteen years,” he said.

  • Holiday wear and tear can lead to issues across the home

    The holidays are a time of extra entertaining, cooking, decorating and family gatherings – and unfortunately, those activities can bring about home maintenance problems, experts say.

    One plumber says the holidays are sort of like the song Partridge in a Pear Tree when it comes to finding strange things that have gone down the drain, with items from jewelry to false teeth.

  • Auto Truck Group to relocate to Simpsonville

    As the calendar flips to 2016, Simpsonville will welcome yet another business to its rapidly growing industrial base.

    Auto Truck Group has announced its relocation from the Louisville facility to an 80,000 square-foot facility at 30 Kingbrook Parkway in Simpsonville.

    Bobby Hudson, president of the Shelby County Industrial Foundation, said they are happy with the announcement.

  • Adams honored for economic development efforts

    As Shelby County has seen an explosion of economic growth over the last two years, one of our industrial foundation leaders is being recognized for her role in the boom.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, received the James L. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development annual conference in Hopkinsville in November.

    “I was totally surprised and honored,” said Adams.