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U-Haul makes offer to Farmers Market, unveils new plans

U-Haul, which acquired the Lexington Road Plaza strip mall in late 2017, has reached out to organizers of the Woodford County Farmers Market and volunteered its lot space to hold the recurring Saturday event through the fall months.

According to a company news release, the farmers market needs a temporary home until a downtown pavilion is constructed. (No timetable for construction of the pavilion has been set.)

U-Haul Company of Louisville president Chris Nester said he hopes the farmers market will accept his invitation, and said the gesture is indicative of the community outreach and involvement that Versailles can expect from the moving company.

“We have room for it, and we’re happy to do this to help out,” Nester stated. “U-Haul of Versailles is on a main road, and the organizers have expressed an interest in a parking lot to accommodate all of the locals this attracts.”

Nester said his facility plans for the former Kroger store at 525 Marsailles Road call for many features being used in U-Haul mobility centers, emphasizing green-friendly services and retail sales to address today’s shared economy.

“This will not be a traditional store, but a modern mobility center with bicycle parking, bicycle repair and bicycle carriers; charging stations for electric cars; propane service as an alternative fuel; and we foresee our property serving as a future park-and-ride site,” Nester said.

In addition to its plans for the former Kroger, U-Haul is seeking at least one, and likely two, retail tenants for the former Kmart store in Lexington Road Plaza.

“The other tenants currently occupying store fronts in Lexington Road Plaza need an anchor like U-Haul, not only to bring to stability to the plaza, but to make it a vibrant plaza for consumers again,” Nester said. “We look forward to building strong relationships with our neighbors. Our presence is a good thing for Versailles. U-Haul wants the best for this plaza, and this community.”

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