despite lack of anchor store
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (Sept. 2002) Crestwood Station,
located on Hwy. 146, has seen busier days. The sign at the main entrance
to the shopping center implores passersby to Stop and Shop in
Many Oldham County residents drive past the center each day on their
way into Louisville toward convenient east end shopping centers. Popular
venues such as Springhurst Towne Center and The Summit have sprung up
in recent years, luring consumers into Jefferson County.
Station in Crestwood, Ky.
And since the relocation of its anchor store, Wal-Mart,
to Westport Road four years ago and the closing of Winn Dixie shortly
thereafter, Crestwood Stations business hasnt been quite
the same. Wal-Mart moved to its current East Jefferson County location
to open a Supercenter with a grocery store, according to Danny Cox of
Center Services, Inc., the company that manages Crestwood Station.
They couldnt really do that with Winn Dixie there,
explained Cox, who is in charge of leasing. Due to corporate restructuring,
the Winn Dixie grocery store later closed its doors in Crestwood Station.
Now, with both anchor stores still unoccupied, Center Services faces
the challenge of attracting at least two major businesses to fill the
Lately, business has been picking up. Cox says that both of the larger
spaces are being marketed with potential clients in mind. And recently,
two new small businesses, The Art Studio and Sisters, have opened their
The Art Studio, owned and operated by Robin Tillman, Bonnie LeCompte
and Bob Bryant, offers a variety of art classes for children and adults.
The three first considered the idea of opening a studio when they noticed
a need in the community for art classes for home-schooled students.
Tillman and LeCompte, each of whom earned a Fine Arts degree from Murray
State University, were already running The Art Bus, a creative arts
program aimed at home schooled children.
The Art Studio is an expansion of that program, with a permanent location
and access to a broader section of the community. Bryant, who has a
masters degree from the University of Louisville and also teaches
art at Buckner Elementary, joined LeCompte and Tillman in the venture.
The partners have high hopes for their success at Crestwood Station.
We wanted an east end location, explained Tillman, who lives
in Jefferson County. With easy access from I-71, the group feels that
the location at Crestwood Station will draw Jefferson County as well
as Oldham County patrons.
Weve had a good response from Louisville, Tillman
Sisters, located adjacent to The Art Studio, is owned by Connie Young.
As the name implies, Sisters primarily caters to women and girls, specializing
in unique accessories and gifts.
Regarding the shops focus and east end location, Young said, I
just wanted it to be a fun place for women. You know, you dont
have to go all the way to the mall to buy a nice gift or pick up something
special for yourself.
Jefferson County resident Donna Hirst, who recently made a trip to Oldham
County to visit Sisters, admitted that it had been a while since she
had been to Crestwood Station. Hirst heard about the shop from a friend
who lives close by.
In addition to unique gifts and accessories, Sisters also sells materials
for constructing praise and worship banners and glory rings. Young offers
workshops for those who want to learn how to make their own banner from
Current occupants of Crestwood Station are pleased to see new businesses
move in and hope that increased traffic flow will stimulate business
for existing shops.
Buy The Book owner Michelle Scannell said that the shopping center has
much more to offer than may first meet the eye. Scannell explained that
she tells her customers to take a look and see whats here,
directing her patrons to the other businesses located in the center.
Scannell has a point. Despite the absence of huge retail stores Wal-Mart
and Winn-Dixie, the center is still occupied by numerous small businesses
including doctors offices, a drug store, a restaurant, a pre-school,
a coin laundry and many others.
Walter Stone has operated Crestwood Coin Laundry at the shopping center
for eight years. Stone says that 2001 was his best year yet, despite
economic uncertainty, and that 2002 will probably be as good if not
better. Stone admits that losing two of the major tenants decreased
overall activity at the center but says that his business continues
And the absence of Wal-Mart isnt bothering Lane Craven too much.
Craven owns and operates Advantage Motorcycle School. In addition to
office space he leases at the center, Craven uses the empty parking
lot in front of the old Wal-Mart building as a training course for his
Cravens school is part of the Kentucky Motorcycle Program provided
through the Transportation Cabinets Division of Driver Licensing.
Students who successfully complete the basic riders course with AMS
have the motorcycle license skill test waived. Craven has been at Crestwood
Station for a year and said that he is pleased with the location.
Officials with the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and the Oldham
County Economic Development Authority say they are pleased to see new
business move into Oldham County, which was ranked as Kentuckys
wealthiest county in recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures based
on median household income in 1999. These groups would like to see a
little more of the wealth spread around local communities, including
Crestwood, Prospect and La Grange.
If recent events are any indication, then Crestwood Station will continue
to play a part in making that happen.
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