• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Plan to bring Jr. Food store to Versailles

A development plan proposing a Jr. Food convenience store on Lexington Street was reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) on Monday morning and sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission. Bowling Green-based Houchens Industries wants to open a Jr. Food convenience store on Lexington Street near the old Woodford County Middle School building in the now-vacant Equestrian Park development. The 10,000 square-foot store will also have a Schlotsky’s Café & Bakery or Subway drive-through and gas pumps for eight fueling stations, according to the project’s landscape architect, Brian Shirley. He said Houchens Industries would like to have construction plans for the project reviewed by TRC in July. During an interview on Tuesday afternoon, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott described the planned convenience store as being a very good infill project. “I’m excited about having a tenant there,” he added. “…And I think it’s a good addition to that end of town. It’s a good business model. Houchens is a great company.” According to its website, Houchens Industries began in 1917 when Ervin G. Houchens opened his first grocery store in rural Kentucky. Nearly a century later, Houchens Industries has grown into one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States, with businesses such as Ace Hardware, IGA, Hank’s Market and Jr. Food Stores in Kentucky and Indiana. More Than A Bakery An amended final development plan reviewed by TRC reduces the square-footage of a planned More Than A Bakery industrial facility on Big Sink Pike from 228,500 to 176,305 square-feet. The amended plan, which was forwarded to the Planning Commission, also shifts an employee and visitor entrance/exit to align with Woodford Youth Soccer Association’s access point on Big Sink Pike. In May, Traugott told the Board of Education that More Than A Bakery will break ground at its new home in July. Hotel plat A final record plat creating two lots on commercial property (known as Versailles Center) on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road was forwarded to the Planning Commission. A Holiday Inn Express will be constructed on 2.376-acre lot at 365 Commerce Drive. An adjacent .945-acre lot will serve as a detention basin for the commercial property. Bourbon warehouses Construction plans to build two Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel warehouses on agricultural land at 960 Georgetown Road, north of Midway’s I-64 interchange, were forwarded to the City of Midway and the county engineer. Steve Ruschell, an attorney representing Woodford Reserve and its parent company, Brown-Forman Corporation, told the Planning Commission that the warehouses will be constructed over about 13 to 14 years, with two warehouses being built every couple of years. Each 90,000 square-foot warehouse will house up to 66,000 barrels of bourbon – about 800,000 barrels when all 12 of the warehouses are built. Minor plat A minor subdivision plat reconfiguring three tracts of land: 32.939 acres at 2750 Paynes Mill Road, 84.365 acres at 1766 Pisgah Pike and 46.852 acres at the corner of Paynes Mill Road and Pisgah Pike (Tavner Alexander Dunlap and Sarah Jordan Dunlap) was forwarded to the commission chair for approval.

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