Businesses already making the move to ride Walmart's coattails - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Businesses already making the move to ride Walmart's coattails

Posted: Updated:
McCrawy's Sate Farm office near the planned Walmart. McCrawy's Sate Farm office near the planned Walmart.
Other businesses have already planned to make the move. Other businesses have already planned to make the move.
LOUIVSILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Walmart hasn't laid the first brick at its future West Broadway location, but the super store is already attracting people to the area.

The big box store is expected to bring hundreds of jobs and thousands of customers to the area and that's why some local business owners are taking the chance and making the move. Even before the store breaks ground.

After nearly 20 years in business, Teryl McCray took a big step and a big chance - moving her business from Chenoweth Lane in St. Matthews to 19th and Broadway.

“I think what they're trying to do to downtown Louisville is awesome and I want to be a part of it," McCray said.

The State Farm agent is one of a growing number of business owners hoping to benefit from the future Walmart store coming to west Broadway.

McCray explained, "I mean it's going to generate so much traffic and activity here...especially this corner."

Right now, the corner of 18th and Broadway is still empty, but the New Bridge Crossing Town Center will soon be home to a super walmart store and YMCA. "West Louisville is an area that is ripe for development, for growth and so, I think with all of this renewed interest in the area that more and more business people are going to start taking a look at it," said Metro Councilman David Tandy (D).

Tandy represents the area and believes McCray is the first of many more to come. "I do believe that there are other opportunities up and down the Broadway corridor and in other parts of west Louisville for businesses to really develop and to grow and to prosper."

McCray believes that's exactly what will happen with neighbors like Walmart and the YMCA. "Oh, I think it's awesome, the more traffic the better, I think it's wonderful."

Walmart will be the largest economic development project in West Louisville in at least a decade. The project will bring at least 300 jobs to the supercenter.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.