Council Members Petition For Retail In Southwest Louisville

by Gabe Bullard on May 4, 2009

A group of government and business leaders from southwest Louisville is mounting a campaign to lure new businesses to the area.

Five Metro Council members are working with a group called the Southwest Louisville Dream Team on a petition drive to bring better dining and shopping options to the area. The petitions will be sent to a retail convention in Las Vegas in hopes that industry leaders will see the demand and set up shop in southwest Louisville.

Councilman Rick Blackwell says it’s important that the group present a united front for the entire southwest.

“We don’t want it to be Dixie versus New Cut versus Third Street. We want us all together on it. If we get a good restaurant on Third Street, let’s support it. If we get something on Dixie, let’s support it as well,” he says. “Dixie is an area that we need some help on but there are some areas on New Cut that can get some development, over by Iroquois Park and so on.”

The group also hopes to attract businesses with the results of a 2008 retail study that suggested the area’s buying power has been greatly underestimated.

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Tim McGee May 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

I think the reason why the shopping centers and retail establishments will not locate in SW Louisville is because of a desire to locate in populated areas where the customers have money. SW Louisville should be grateful Wal-Mart recognizes their needs. SW Louisville has it better than the west end of Louisville where no retailer in their right mind will open up shop.

Haven Harrington May 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Tim,
Why should SW Louisville and the West End be satisfied with the retail they have now? Have you ever been to SW Louisville? There are a lot of people that live there, and most of them have decent paying jobs. Why shouldn’t they have more retail options. At the moment every retailer has moved or is moving to Louisville’s East End leaving the vast majority of Louisville under-served.

I applaud the efforts of the residents of the south-end trying lure more retail options to SW Louisville.

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