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Several new businesses ramping up work ahead of winter weather along Dixie Avenue corridor

By Marty Finley

Shadows of steel and concrete loom over Dixie Avenue as fall settles into Elizabethtown.


Several construction projects are feverishly in play before winter weather hits. A new shopping plaza is taking shape at the site of a former Five Star Food Mart at the intersection with Ring Road. Across the street, the outline of a new CVS pharmacy is evident.

A Ken Towery’s Tire & Auto Care center is under construction on the site of the former El Rodeo Mexican restaurant in Lakeshore Plaza and new office space is being developed near Kohl’s department store. All of the projects are in differing phases of completion.

The Five Star Food Mart property was sold earlier this year by Newcomb Oil to Oldacre McDonald because the store was underperforming. The company cited traffic flow in and around the gas station.

Oldacre McDonald is a full-service real estate firm in Nashville specializing in the development of shopping centers and single-tenant buildings. According to the company’s website, it has more than 290 developments in 20 states totaling around 8 million square feet. Companies the firm deals with include popular national brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Starbucks Coffee.

“We know what retailers like and we deliver,” the website states.

Representatives with Oldacre McDonald had no comment about the construction of the center, but Elizabethtown Planning Director Ed Poppe said it will house five tenants and encapsulate nearly 14,000 square feet. The only business to submit a business plan to the city for the space so far is Mattress Firm, Poppe said.

Across the street, CVS is making significant progress daily on its facility, which will exceed 13,000 square feet.

The property was purchased from the Herb Jones car dealership and was chosen by CVS because the intersection is “well-trafficked” with high visibility and easy access for customers, said Mike DeAngelis, director of public affairs.

“This store is scheduled to open next February,” DeAngelis wrote in an email. “We begin accepting job applications for available positions in new stores about 45 days before it opens.”

A CVS location typically employs around 20 workers, he said. The company owns and operates more than 7,400 locations in the U.S. and more than 60 in Kentucky, he said.

Zone Manager Kris Towery said progress has moved at a fast pace on the Ken Towery’s auto center ahead of winter weather. Towery said it could be open by January “but there’s always hiccups.”

The company has courted Elizabethtown since it started its expansion roughly three years ago and Towery said the location is beneficial because it is situated in a highly visible and trafficked area. A typical Ken Towery’s employs 10 to 12 workers at its nearly 30 locations, some of which are situated in southern Indiana.

Ken Towery’s stocks more than a dozen tire brands for all sizes of vehicles and offers complete car care, from scheduled maintenance to more “expert” repairs, according to the company’s website.

Towery said the company now is accepting applications online at www.kentowery.com and at its Shepherdsville store. 

Meanwhile, the city will have more prime office space for potential business clients when a new center, under development by Howard W. Pence & Sons Inc., opens near the shopping plaza that houses McAlister’s Deli across from Kohl’s department store.

Poppe said the center will house around 10,000 square feet of office space. It was unclear if any tenants have been secured for the facility because developers could not be reached for comment.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com,