Owensboro experienced significant growth and development in 2018, but the arrival of 2019 will see the emergence of many new Owensboro businesses as well as new locations for several existing businesses.
The following businesses are expected to be completed and open for business, or relocating, in the coming year.
2nd & Charles – 2520 Calumet Trace
Coming soon to Calumet Trace, 2nd & Charles will offer a new location to buy and sell used books, DVDs & Blu-Ray, CDs, video games, game systems & accessories, comics, iPads, iPods, eReaders, vinyl records and audio books.
At Home Self Storage
At Home Self Storage has found a new home at the corner of JR Miller and 25th Street. There are 182 temperature-controlled indoor units being built that will spread out between three different buildings, along with 289 drive-up units, for a total of 471 units. Progress is being made every day, with the hope of completion by early 2019.
Bubba Gandy – 3600 Frederica Street
After making the decision to close the Owensboro location temporarily in October, while seeking new ownership, Bubba Gandy Seafood and Cajun Market announced that they will be reopening Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 under new local ownership.
The Gandy’s Specialize in Fresh Domestic Seafood, purchasing seafood from local fisherman and shrimpers from Apalachicola, Fl. to Brownsville Tx. Bubba Gandy Seafood Cajun X Market is the 4th generation to come up in the business.
Burkes Outlet, located at 5000 Frederica Street, will be relocating to Highway 54 as part of the new Gateway Commons development. Camille Clark, a manager at the current store, confirmed that Burkes would be moving to their new location in March.
According to the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission (OMPC), a new Church’s Chicken restaurant will be joining the shops and businesses at Gateway Commons.
The 1,835 square foot business is currently listed at 2735 Calumet Trace. But, according to the OMPC, the development plan has not yet been approved so an official location is not available at this time.
According to Leela Foley with the Bluegrass Hospitality Group (BHG) marketing team, the company is considering the property adjacent to Cheddar’s at 3050 Highland Pointe Drive as a possible new location for Drake’s in Owensboro, but it is not yet official.
Drake’s advertises itself as an eatery & bar serving craft beers, burgers, sushi & pub grub in a lively, contemporary space.
Harbor Freight, a discount tool and equipment store, is scheduled to open a location in Owensboro in January 2019.
The company is currently constructing a building at 5079 Frederica Street, the previous location of Don Moore Hyundai, which relocated to Highway 54 earlier this year.
Malco Theaters has confirmed details on the company’s new movie theater in Gateway Commons.
According to Malco Senior Vice President of Theater Operations and Construction David Tashie, the new building will feature 14 theaters, one of which will be a large format auditorium.
The theater will be one of the largest screens Malco has built and will be fully equipped with immersive sound. Malco is looking forward to opening their “state-of-the-art” theater in the late spring of 2019.
According to McAlister’s Deli corporate office, the opening forecast date for the Owensboro location on Highway 54 is set for April 8, 2019.
McAlister’s Deli corporate office has confirmed that they are building a McAlister’s in Owensboro at 2065 E. Parrish Avenue. This will be one of over 400 McAlister’s restaurants in 28 states.
Nick T Arnold
Nick T. Arnold Jewelers has been serving the community for 116 years and anticipates opening a second location in Gateway Commons sometime this year.
Niko’s Bakery and Cafe
Niko’s Bakery and Cafe is slated to open sometime early this year, at 601 Emory Drive in Wesleyan Park Plaza, in the former Fantastic Sam’s building.
In addition to traditional European and Greek artisan breads and croissants, Niko’s Bakery and Cafe will also offer desserts and pastries as well as breakfast and lunch. The menu will feature fast and casual, traditional Greek dishes, sandwiches, soups, salads, Greek yogurts, espresso drinks and smoothies.
Ollie Wash will be located on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Frederica Street (the former Texas Gas) in The Shoppes at 3800 Frederica.
Ross Dress for Less
Ross Dress for Less has been confirmed as one of the new stores slated for the ever-growing Gateway Commons. According to Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Committee (OMPC) records, the store will be just over 22,000 sq. ft. and will cost $1.6 million. OMPC drawings show the store will be adjacent to Kirkland’s.
Expected to open in 2019, the Owensboro store makes the seventh store in Kentucky.
U-Haul hopes to be fully operational and offering self-storage in 2019, showcasing its first retail and self-storage facility in Owensboro thanks to the recent acquisition of the former Kmart store at 2815 W. Parrish Ave. U-Haul acquired the 68,052-square-foot building on Sept. 14.
Adaptive reuse of the property will render about 400 indoor self-storage units, giving customers access to climate-controlled rooms with high-tech security features at affordable price points. Propane, professional hitch installation and U-Box portable moving and storage containers will also be offered on the 4.7-acre lot in the near future.
Zips Car Wash
Construction is underway on Zips Car Wash at 2915 Wimsatt Court, adjacent to El Bracero Mexican restaurant in the bustling Highway 54 corridor.
According to building permits from Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, the car wash will be 3,874 sq. ft. with a 972 sq. ft. parking lot, equipped with multiple vacuum stations and anticipates opening in the spring.
*Note: The above-listed businesses, their locations and time frames are based on information The Owensboro Times received from the companies involved and are subject to change without notice.