Houchens closing for renovations

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Grocery will reopen in February

By Amber Coulter

Houchens is closing for renovations Jan. 28.

Company officials aren’t saying what the renovations at the store on Sycamore Street in Elizabethtown will include.

Alan Larsen, director of marketing and merchandising for Houchens Industries, said that’s because the format and offerings of the renovated store haven’t been finalized.

“It’s sincerely still a work in progress,” he said. “We really don’t know what it’s going to be.”

The renovations aren’t related to the store’s recently attained license to sell beer. The store also won’t reopen as an IGA, which happened in Leitchfield, Larsen said.

Beyond that, Larsen would only say that renovations will be unlike anything area residents have seen.

He thinks shoppers will be impressed when the store reopens near the middle of next month. No exact date has been set.

“When we open in February, we’re confident that the community will be pleasantly surprised at the new offerings from our retail facility,” he said.

Larsen said Houchens representatives are excited about being able to serve Elizabethtown through the renovated facility.

“It will be an extremely unique and exciting format,” he said. “Very unique. Very unique.”

More information will become available in coming weeks, Larsen said.

Employees at the store and other associates will be working during the renovation, he said.

“Everybody will be busy,” he said.

Each Houchens is dedicated to serving its community through philanthropy, being a completely employee-held company and keeping revenue within the area, Larsen said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.