2022 bourbon, retail and downtown development

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Emerging from the clutches of the pandemic, new businesses continue to open in the city of Derby despite inflation and staffing issues.

New projects large and small, from apartment complexes to restaurants, are planned from downtown to the suburbs across the Ohio River in southern Indiana.

As new businesses appear in our area, The Courier Journal will update this page with the latest in growth and development.

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Caleb Stultz, Courier Journal Breaking News reporter

Downtown Louisville Developments

A view of the fireworks during Thunder Over Louisville from the top of the downtown Mercer Building.  April 21, 2018.

Which businesses opened and closed last year?: In 2021, Louisville’s central business district had 21 restaurants or bars open while 12 were closed, compared to 2020 when there were only 13 openings and 31 closings, according to the Downtown Louisville Partnership. Here is a list of all openings and closings for the past year.

A planned affordable housing complex: LDG Development is planning another mixed-income apartment complex aimed at attracting downtown residents. Called The Prestonian, the 343-unit complex will be located in the 700 block of East Gray Street near the downtown medical center.

UdeL will create a campus in the city center: The University of Louisville has announced multimillion-dollar investment plans to renovate two buildings along West Muhammad Ali Boulevard as the future home of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute’s New Vision of Health campus. .

Employment Trends

A historic shift in employment: A major post-pandemic rebound has brought workers back into the Commonwealth labor market with an unemployment rate of 3.9% in April according to the Kentucky Statistics Center.

Childcare, a major obstacle for women in the labor market: Data from Louisville-based nonprofit Metro United Way showed nearly 100,000 women in Kentucky have left the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic due to challenges posed by school closures and of daycares.

Coffee, clothes, bourbon and more

The chef transforms her professional space into a place for brewing and tasting: A second location for the Brew and Sip Coffee Bar opened in April along a busy downtown corridor.

Coffee at the wheel makes mornings go by faster: Scooter’s Coffee opens its new location on Dixie Highway in April.

A new tenant for a popular mall in St. Matthews: An Old Navy could take the place of the old Nike store in a retail center in St. Matthews.

No more bourbon on West Main: Barrels & Billets, a bourbon-making center where people can make their own bourbon, opened next to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in February.

Films and markets are moving

Movie tickets at Village 8 Theaters are among the cheapest in the area.

CVS chain closes: One of 900 CVS stores closing nationwide closed permanently on April 25, as the chain shifts to health care services and away from retail.

Another chain closes shop: Walmart at 7100 Raggard Road near Pleasure Ridge Park closed its “underperforming” Supercenter 14 years after it opened.

More movies at Village 8: July 5th is the last day of this discount cinema at 1250 Bardstown Road.

Contact Caleb Stultz at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Caleb_Stultz.

David H. Henry