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Business

  • Fireworks sales are booming

    If you’re thinking of getting some fireworks for the 4th of July holiday, you better get cracking. Stands around town are selling out quickly, with most dealers saying they will be out of merchandise by July 4th, and possibly even before.

    And that’s not unusual.

    Over the last decade, consumer fireworks sales have increased by more than 28 percent, rising from $587 million to more than $755 million in 2015.

  • Cyber groceries

    Some older folks who remember phoning in an order to the grocery and then going to pick it up in years past, may notice a similarity in Kroger’s new shopping service.

    The only difference is, instead of phoning in your order, you do it online, said Brandee Flynn, E-commerce manager for Kroger.

  • Occupations with sizzle

    From frozen treats to camping, swimming and landscaping, summer is the peak season for many seasonal businesses.

    The smell of freshly mown grass is a trademark scent for summer, and landscaping and lawn services have been keeping busy.

    “We’re working six days a week right now,” said John Lewis, owner of Johnny’s Lawn Service.

    Although he and his staff keep busy year-round, the hot months are doubly so, especially this year, he said.

  • Charter purchase of TWC complete

    Time Warner Cable, which serves Shelby County, has now changed hands.

    The move comes after a recent approval by federal regulators for Charter Communications’ $65.5 billion acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, creating a new cable company that will focus more on broadband in the wake of the decline of traditional television.

    This change comes on the heels of TWC’s upgrade to its internet system in Shelby County.

  • Faurecia to open today

    A Simpsonville auto manufacturer is now open for business a year and a half after beginning construction on a plant in Kingbrook Industrial Park in Simpsonville.

    Faurecia, a North American automobile supplier, began production in May, and officially opens its new seating plant today.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby Industrial and Development Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for the opening.

  • Antique mall to change ownership

    The Calico Cat Antique Mall closed Saturday, but its doors won’t be shut for long with downtown business owners Ben and Melinda Hardin taking over as the new owners.

    “It’s kind of my adopted baby,” said Ben Hardin, laughing.

    The mall, located at 524 Main St., was previously owned by Michael and Carrie Edington, who announced recently that they were leaving, he said.

  • Still in place at distillery

    The new Bulleit Distillery on Benson Road in Shelby County can now start to live up to its name, as the still was put into place last week.

    That means that the end of the year will find Shelby County in production of bourbon, said officials at the distillery.

    “At the site, the distillery is still on track to be operational at the end of 2016,” said Mark Koenig, Kentucky Operations Director for the distillery.

  • 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.

  • Shelby produce races to the track, area restaurants

    Restaurants at Churchill Downs are proud of their reputation for using products grown by Kentucky farmers, and Shelby’s Courtney Farms has garnered a large slice of that Derby Pie.

    “We try to use as much [local produce] as we possibly can – that’s first priority for us,” said David Danielson, executive chef for Churchill Downs.

  • 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.