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As competition grows, Middletown resurrects Chamber of Commerce

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MIDDLETOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Middletown, the fourth class city in eastern Jefferson County, wants to make sure its unique businesses survive all of the nearby new competition.

That's why the town is bringing back its dormant chamber of commerce.

When you drive through Middletown along Shelbyville Road, you'll see plenty of familiar big box stores like Target and Walmart sitting side-by-side.

But off the beaten path, there is the historic part of town with buildings more than 100 years old that have been restored to small shops and cafes.

There are about 40 such stores along Main Street which runs a block north of Shelbyville Road.

Several shops and cafes are located at one address in an historic house known as the Head House which was built in 1812.

Competition from nearby new developments like the Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville is one of the reasons that the once-dormant chamber has been revived.

Freda Chapman heads up the chamber effort. She recently sold the flower shop she had owned for 40 years.

"Anytime you have competition," said Chapman, "it's is going to take away business, and Main Street here is off the beaten path and we are real concerned that shoppers might pass us up."

Chapman is the wife of the Middletown mayor who appointed her to the chamber position.

New shopping developments mean more choices for consumers but an additional challenge for small locally owned shops.

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