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Initiative calls on politicians to bring businesses to west Louisville

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After the recent departures of neighbors like Chase Bank and Burger King (pictured), the businesses need all of the help they can get. After the recent departures of neighbors like Chase Bank and Burger King (pictured), the businesses need all of the help they can get.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Making west Louisville a priority is the goal of a new campaign.

It's called West Louisville First. The goal is to help struggling businesses like some of the ones inside the Lyles Mall on West Broadway.

After the recent departures of neighbors like Chase Bank and Burger King, the businesses need all of the help they can get.

"We opened this store probably about 25-years, probably 25 years ago in Lyles Mall," said Ben Jones, Owner of Better Days West.

Jones' store carries everything from Jazz and Gospel to little Stevie Wonder, but it has still always been feast or famine.

"Huge peaks, huge valleys. So, we've gone thru the same problems as any other small business," Jones said.

Chase Bank and Burger King left big holes in Jones' business.

"Those have been the biggest blows, when the bank left, when the bank left a few months ago, that's been the biggest blow of just the awareness of my parking lot in itself," he explained.

But help is on the way, according to a popular local preacher.

"The campaign is basically saying, west Louisville is first," said Rev. Clay Calloway, Founder of The West Louisville Minister's Coalition.

Rev. Calloway said his organization and several other west Louisville Stakeholders are launching the West Louisville First campaign.

"West Louisville has sadly been the tail of every economic development endeavor in this city for decade after decade," Calloway said.

Rev. Calloway told us the campaign will target elected officials and will bring businesses back to the west end.

"Many come to west Louisville seeking support from those who are committed to their party but yet when it comes time to serve them in office that we are always last on the list and get the same results."

The groups have a map that highlights areas of concern and a manifesto; Calloway said the initiative will work or there will be no more guaranteed votes.

"So if you want to support, receive support from residence of west Louisville, you make west Louisville first, it is really that simple," Calloway said.

Ben Jones hopes the campaign will motivate elected officials to support west Louisville businesses.

"Because I always hear from Nu Lu to Bardstown Road, to funds everywhere but I never hear about funds or some type of assistance. maybe coming to help me or help others like me," Jones said.

The plan is to launch the initiative sometime later this week.

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