Houchens Industries, the Bowling Green-based company, plans to bring a mid-sized neighborhood grocery to Versailles.
The store will be called Crossroads IGA and will have 10,500 square feet with a restaurant and four fuel pumps, said Tim Rich, director of property and store development.
The store will open in 2017 on two Lexington Road lots behind the old Woodford County Middle School and across from Daisy Hill Senior Living. It will employ about 40 to 50 people.
Rich described the store as an alternative to the Kroger in Versailles.
“It’s more of a neighborhood grocery,” Rich said. “There will be produce, fresh meat, a dairy section, a frozen food section.
“You’re providing a convenience for the consumer who’s on their way home,” Rich said. “This store is not meant to be your primary grocery shopping place. Say you just need two or three things. You can make this quick stop just to get those few things without having to fight the big parking lots, the big stores, just to get in the checkout line for a couple of items.
“We’ve found that consumers truly enjoy how it frees up their time rather than having to fight a big box to get a couple of items,” Rich said.
The Woodford County planning commission approved a final development plan for the store at its Thursday night meeting.
A site construction plan for the store will be considered by the Technical Review Committee on Tuesday, said Pattie Wilson, planning director for the commission.