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Renovation about to start on McMahan Plaza

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Louisville, KY (WDRB News) -- The McMahan Plaza in Hikes Point was built almost 40 years ago. so it is looking a little outdated. But that is about to change.

It will soon undergo a $15 million renovation that will give it a whole new look.

"As far as a total renovation this will be the first time," says Roger McMahan of the McMahan Group.  He says the renovations will come at the same time Kroger will build a 40,000 square foot expansion of its store in the shopping complex.

Other changes include more parking and a relocation of the Kroger gasoline station.

As a result, a small part of the current shopping center will be torn down. About a dozen businesses will be affected, but most are moving to other parts of the shopping center.

One of the those businesses that will have to move in the Bader Music store, which has been at the McMahan Plaza for 28 years.  Construction is just about complete on her new store across the parking lot from Linda Bader's current location.

She hopes to make the move during the middle of this month.

Despite the hassles of packing up and moving a business with all of its merchandise, she is happy for a new start.  "I think after you are in a location for so long," says Bader, "it is nice just to have a new fresh look, I am excited about the move."

Bader says she is grateful that the shopping center owners are paying for the move. She says a facelift is long overdue.

"I think it is greatly needed, "she adds, "because when you look around, all the other areas of town are progressing, we need to have a new contemporary look as well."

The McMahan Group hopes the renovations when they are completed will draw more customers to the shopping center and to the area.   "We think this is a good time to do a remodel," says McMahan, "to stimulate the Hikes Point area and to get more business."

McMahan says he hopes the entire project will be completed by January of 2013.

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