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Business

  • Hilltop for sale

    After more than a dozen years of operating Hilltop Produce and Garden Center, owners Gerald and Sandra Stucker say they are ready to sell the business to focus on enjoying the fruits of their labor.

    The couple of 33 years said they have owned and operated the local produce store at 305 Frankfort Road for 13 of those years because they “needed something to do.”

  • Planet Fitness coming to Midland Center

    Rumors have been stirring for some time regarding the former Winn-Dixie building at 120 Midland Boulevard.  But officials with STCPF, LLC, the Kentucky-based Planet Fitness franchisee, have confirmed that the 42,000 square-foot-building in the Midland Center will soon be home to a new Planet Fitness location, one of more than 1,100 nationwide.

  • Booming bee biz

    There’s been a boom in the beekeeping business and Pat Hornback, a veteran in the field, said the peaked interest is a good thing.

    “One-third of our food is dependent on pollination,” she said, noting that pollinators need to be protected.  “We’re happy about the hype.  It brought beekeeping to the forefront and people are trying it.”

  • 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.

  • Weakley retires from CUB board

    E.Ryburn Weakley of Bagdad was recognized at the Citizens Union Bancorp Shareholders meeting on April 22for his years of service as a Director of Citizens Union Bank, after retiring January. 

    He became a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Union Bank in 1986 when the bank acquired Farmers & Traders Bank. Since that time, the bank has grown from serving a single county to seven counties and now has more than $500 million in assets.

    Weakley said that in addition to being on the board, he was also on the bank’s loan committee.

  • Fruits of their labor

    There’s nothing like a beautiful, sunny day to get people in the moody to buy fresh produce, especially after a long, dreary winter season.

    But the crowd at opening day at Shelby County Farmers Market Saturday had an even broader scope of interest than just buying – they were ready to socialize.

  • 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.