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'Old Louisville Brewing Company' bringing new life to Old Louisville

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Wade Mattingly believes the grocery store closed in the 1980's and then sat vacant for years, before he stepped in. Wade Mattingly believes the grocery store closed in the 1980's and then sat vacant for years, before he stepped in.
Mattingly is transforming the old property into a brewing company. The old exit door of the grocery store will become a walk-up window from the back beer garden. Mattingly is transforming the old property into a brewing company. The old exit door of the grocery store will become a walk-up window from the back beer garden.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An old building along West Magnolia Avenue in Old Louisville is being transformed into a new brewery called the Old Louisville Brewing Company. It used to be a grocery store.

“We have receipts from 1943 where they ordered meats in from local areas,” said Wade Mattingly with Old Louisville Brewing Company.

Wade Mattingly believes the grocery store closed in the 1980's and then sat vacant for years, before he stepped in.

“This is a no-brainer to have a community tavern right here in the heart of Old Louisville,” said Mattingly.

Mattingly is transforming the old property into a brewing company. The old exit door of the grocery store will become a walk-up window from the back beer garden.

You'll see the beer being made in the back of the building when you walk in, and Mattingly is trying to keep as much of the original grocery store as he can.

“This is the original flooring of the grocery that's been taken up and re-laid,” Mattingly said.

His effort is just one of the latest in a series of projects to redevelop vacant buildings in Old Louisville.

The local company Genscape announced last year it would move its headquarters from the Nulu district to Old Louisville, renovating an old dairy building.

This past February, officials announced a warehouse on South Seventh Street, known as the Edison Center, would also be renovated.

“It's continued revitalization to be a space for metro employees which will continue to help bring people within the community of Old Louisville,” said Eugene Sowell, Communications Specialist with the city's economic development group Louisville Forward.

It was said to be part of a larger strategy to help redevelop the area.

“We believe we should always continue to reinvest within our older communities because our older communities are our history,” said Sowell.

As for Wade Mattingly, he's hoping to not only breathe life into the old grocery building, but also the community.

“I'm not naive enough to think I'm gonna be a tipping point at all, but I wanted to be part of that and I'm hoping more and more people want to be part of that. There has been significant other investment already by other small business owners, and I think that's the most important thing, is small business owners,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly says he hopes to open the brewery in October.

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