A new grocery store featuring ingredients and food products from around the world – along with vegan and organic selections – is open in Elizabethtown.
Co-owned by Katherine and Matt Henemuth, Kat’s International Grocery is in Suite 111 of the new Lincoln Center at 1507 N. Dixie Ave.
Katherine and Matt also own Radcliff business Kat’s Grocery — German and More and formerly operated local food truck Kat’s Mobile Kitchen. Katherine said for Kat’s International Grocery, she and her husband envisioned if a “Whole Foods and a World Market had a baby.”
Katherine said while Kat’s Grocery — German and More primarily is focused on German goods, the new international grocery offers products from around the world. However, she said the new store does offer some products from Germany, such as organic muesli cereal and vegan gummies.
“We want to keep the German store unique,” she said. “ ... It’s not one of those things where you’re going to be able to come in here and shop for things that you can find at the German store.”
International items available range from Tunisian hot chili pepper paste to Thai curry to Swedish pancakes. The store also stocks GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly selections.
“We’re trying to build an all-inclusive store for every nationality and every diet, because there’s nothing like that around here and we know a lot of people travel out-of-state to find that,” Katherine said.
In addition to offering food items, the store is selling a selection of clocks from German manufacturer Hermle. Other items include candles, locally made pottery and specialty soaps.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is expected to take place in June, which Matt said will hopefully correspond with a food drive organized by the business. Katherine and Matt have given back to the community several times since going into business, with initiatives including donating money to pay off local student lunch debt, providing free meals to the elderly and organizing Christmas drives to benefit local nonprofits.