new stores and restaurant rumors...
Budowich

Harrison, AR

#22 Mar 2, 2013
Validity wrote:
Victorias Secret is going in the old Dawhares location.
I heard it was where Big lots was going after they moved out of their current location, but then again I heard that Abercrombie and Fitch or American Eagle is going there

“Boogie Chill'un”

Level 6

Since: Dec 08

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#23 Mar 2, 2013
Buddah wrote:
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Nope. The alcohol will create those good paying jobs. After all, that was the promise.
Not saying it's due solely to alcohol (although alcohol sales shows at least progressive thought), but there is a company looking at the old Crane factory ....paying 16-20 bucks an hour. That's a start.
How in the world

Manchester, KY

#24 Mar 3, 2013
Budowich wrote:
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I heard it was where Big lots was going after they moved out of their current location, but then again I heard that Abercrombie and Fitch or American Eagle is going there
Seriously!...wake up from your dream! Victoria's Secret, A&F, & AE are not coming to Somerset. They aren't even in Richmond and that area is loaded with college kids. Target won't come right now but, they have explored and the city wants them. The demographics around here match Walmart not Target. Kohls is possible.
james

United States

#25 Mar 3, 2013
How in the world wrote:
<quoted text>Seriously!...wake up from your dream! Victoria's Secret, A&F, & AE are not coming to Somerset. They aren't even in Richmond and that area is loaded with college kids. Target won't come right now but, they have explored and the city wants them. The demographics around here match Walmart not Target. Kohls is possible.
Was at a recent business conference in Louisville. One executive said Somerset has more potential for growth over the next 5 years than any other city in the state. Lots of major retailers and restaurant developers have their eyes on Somerset.
Westwood

Brodhead, KY

#26 Mar 4, 2013
I haven't heard Hooters mentioned recently. Maybe the joke has played out.
Eric

Somerset, KY

#27 Mar 4, 2013
Westwood wrote:
I haven't heard Hooters mentioned recently. Maybe the joke has played out.
It has played itself out. They never, ever considered Somerset but people want to believe. Kohls at least considered Somerset before deciding on Corbin.

Our demographics, at least on paper, prevent us from getting a second look by many. If they ever visit their opinion changes somewhat.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#28 Mar 4, 2013
People need to realize that Lexington, Louisville, etc. haven't always been the size they are now. It's a process of growing. At one time New York was nothing more than a village. Now, will Somerset ever become a Louisville sized city? Of course not but, growth takes time and development. It's not an overnight thing. Legalizing alcohol sales won't flip some sort of switch and suddenly cause massive economic expansion. That's not how it works. There are several pieces of the puzzle that need to fall into place. Alcohol sales are a part of that equation but, far from the lynchpin.

Somerset has alot of great things going for it. Good location relative to rail and highway access, low cost of living, utilities and construction, expanding population base and even a better than average airport. Being located halfway between Lexington and Knoxville is a good thing as well. That gives us some insulation from overlapping workforce pools.

However, we MUST be aggressive in our efforts to attract longterm employers. "Longterm" is the key. Stability is vital in sustaining economic growth and that can only occur when employers stay for a long period of time.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#29 Mar 4, 2013
Eric wrote:
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Kohls at least considered Somerset before deciding on Corbin.
I did a fairly extensive search for this and couldn't find any announcement whatsoever. Can you direct me to where this was posted or mentioned?

“Boogie Chill'un”

Level 6

Since: Dec 08

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#30 Mar 4, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
People need to realize that Lexington, Louisville, etc. haven't always been the size they are now. It's a process of growing. At one time New York was nothing more than a village. Now, will Somerset ever become a Louisville sized city? Of course not but, growth takes time and development. It's not an overnight thing. Legalizing alcohol sales won't flip some sort of switch and suddenly cause massive economic expansion. That's not how it works. There are several pieces of the puzzle that need to fall into place. Alcohol sales are a part of that equation but, far from the lynchpin.
Somerset has alot of great things going for it. Good location relative to rail and highway access, low cost of living, utilities and construction, expanding population base and even a better than average airport. Being located halfway between Lexington and Knoxville is a good thing as well. That gives us some insulation from overlapping workforce pools.
However, we MUST be aggressive in our efforts to attract longterm employers. "Longterm" is the key. Stability is vital in sustaining economic growth and that can only occur when employers stay for a long period of time.
You're right Paul, we also need to get the workforce trained better. The first step would be to get SCC to a four year status....but that's a way's off. If only they had listened to Gatewood's voucher program.....
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#31 Mar 4, 2013
The problem with making SCC a four year school is infrastructure. There would need to be a ALOT of construction on the SCC campus to get it upto the standards of an accredited four year college. Where is that funding going to come from?
Add in the competition of local four year school campuses and SCC doesn't have a chance at getting to four year status.
I do like the training program proposed by the City in concert with its gas department. One of this town's aces in the hole is natural gas. Even at very low prices, natural gas continues to bring in solid profits for the city. If the demand continues to rise...and we can rein in the damn EPA and its intent to over regulate the natural gas industry...Somerset may find itself literally awash in money in the future. And that's without ever raising rates!

“Boogie Chill'un”

Level 6

Since: Dec 08

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#32 Mar 4, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
The problem with making SCC a four year school is infrastructure. There would need to be a ALOT of construction on the SCC campus to get it upto the standards of an accredited four year college. Where is that funding going to come from?
Add in the competition of local four year school campuses and SCC doesn't have a chance at getting to four year status.
I do like the training program proposed by the City in concert with its gas department. One of this town's aces in the hole is natural gas. Even at very low prices, natural gas continues to bring in solid profits for the city. If the demand continues to rise...and we can rein in the damn EPA and its intent to over regulate the natural gas industry...Somerset may find itself literally awash in money in the future. And that's without ever raising rates!
Yeah, that's why I added "a long way off".....with new business and new money infused to the area....you never know who will endow what. It would be huge to attracting employers.

I like what the city is doing also.....
Newcomb

Brownsville, TN

#33 Mar 4, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
<quoted text>I did a fairly extensive search for this and couldn't find any announcement whatsoever. Can you direct me to where this was posted or mentioned?
This should be made public very soon. Weeks at the latest!
Economic Growth

Russell Springs, KY

#34 Mar 4, 2013
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.

I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
LOL

Lexington, KY

#35 Mar 5, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
Didn't you know? Just like the vote total, drunks outnumber teetotalers 2-1 in Somerset.

And just think of all the poor children having to witness a grown-up drinking beer in public!

Question at the local Mexican bar: "Daddy, daddy! What's that yellow stuff that guy is drinking?"

Answer: "Oh son, that's the tears of a million battered women."

“Boogie Chill'un”

Level 6

Since: Dec 08

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#36 Mar 5, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
You're a complete idiot. The ONLY one of these businesses that CAN BE verified IS Jimmy Johns! LOL at you. Go cry in your milk somewhere, you lost the vote, get over it! Blatant lies will get you a ticket to hell just as quickly as debauchery....remember that before you get on here spreading propaganda.
Aint that the truth

United States

#37 Mar 5, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
Sounds like you know a thing or 2 about such things. Experience perhaps? Driving 50+/- miles for it doesn't make it less of a sin LOL I'm not saying you are but some in this town are hypocrites. It's ok for them but not someone else and not in their town...don't want to be seen by fellow church members at hooters I don't imagine. Typical Somerset Bible thumpers against alcohol sales but is ok with doing it themselves somewhere else. There are so many of them. Maybe they all should start a club. By the way, I go to Church and I occasionally drink alcohol. I am ok with that and I don't lie about it. That's why I am not a hypocrite. I just think this double standard is hilarious. How can someone be against alcohol sales here but is ok with going to a bar in Richmond or buying their alcohol in Lancaster (some drink on the way back) for themselves? I'm glad I can pick up a 6 pack of Beer right here and support my local businesses rather than spend 20 bucks in gas and an hour and a half driving to spend it in Lancaster on a 16 dollar case of beer and take a chance on someone else driving back drunk. It just doesnt make sense to do that. But if I have learned anything in my 30 years in this town it's that it is looooooong on hypocrites and double standards and short on common courtesy and common sense.

Level 8

Since: Sep 08

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#38 Mar 5, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
"You can't wait" ??- Neither can we - I wanna Hooters -

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#39 Mar 5, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts.
Throw in some brewskies and that's a Friday night I could get into!
But, unfortunately I'm not sure we'll ever get decent hot wings here...

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#40 Mar 5, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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Somerset has alot of great things going for it. Good location relative to rail and highway access, low cost of living, utilities and construction, expanding population base and even a better than average airport.
Has there been any legitimate talk of any commercial service interested in the Somerset airport lately? It seems almost like a chicken-and-egg problem there. Employers shy away from Somerset (in part) because there's no service at the airport. Regional carriers shy away from the airport because there's not enough of a business class demographic to support flying out of there.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#41 Mar 6, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
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Has there been any legitimate talk of any commercial service interested in the Somerset airport lately? It seems almost like a chicken-and-egg problem there. Employers shy away from Somerset (in part) because there's no service at the airport. Regional carriers shy away from the airport because there's not enough of a business class demographic to support flying out of there.
I was speaking from the standpoint of facilities and ease of access. The local airport is setup to handle all but the largest airframes and really shines when servicing private flights.
You make a solid point the business isn't there...yet. But, attracting new and longterm commitments from business and manufacturers would definately increase the need.
Again, don't look at any one element, look at the whole thing as a puzzle. Put the pieces together and create a properous future for Somerset.

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