Friday, November 4, 2011

Announcing the “Friendly Market” of Northern Kentucky

Kentucky Proud Producers Needed!

Announcing the “Friendly Market” of Northern Kentucky

Construction is underway to create a 100,000 square foot public market space featuring all types of Kentucky grown or produced merchandise!  The “Friendly Market” is planned to be located within an existing shopping center at the “gateway to Kentucky” in Florence, Kentucky at exit 178 (Mt. Zion Road) off I-75. 

Phase one will create an environmentally controlled indoor space which will house three sections, including, (1) the Kentucky Vinery, (2) Butchers, cheese makers, bakers, and (3) the Kentucky Proud General Store; it will also create an accompanying outdoor Farmers’ Market space.  The Kentucky Vinery will consist of Kentucky wines alongside a tasting room and a small restaurant.  Several small merchants skilled in butchery, cheese making, and baking will comprise a good portion of space within the store.  The Kentucky Proud General Store will house all other Kentucky Proud merchandise.  Space for perishable and non-perishable items will be available. 

All vendors must meet the criteria for the Kentucky Proud program to provide merchandise to the store.  Vendors will sell merchandise on a consignment basis, and will be paid monthly.  Display space will be rented to vendors per cubic foot and includes fees for employees and utility costs.  Vendors will only pay a display space rental fee and will receive 100% of the product proceeds.  All merchandise consigned must have a UPC code (the Friendly Market staff can help with this), and vendors must possess product liability insurance.  Vendors must agree to sign a minimum two year rental agreement and provide merchandise as necessary during those two years. 

The “Friendly Market” will operate six days per week, 52 weeks per year.  The hours of operation will be:                    Tuesday – Friday         9 am. – 6 pm.
                                Saturday                      8 am. – 6 pm. 
                    Sunday                        10 am. – 5 pm.

The “Friendly Market” is set to open May 1, 2012.  For more information, contact Jack Berberich at or 859-760-8973. 


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  2. Whats the latest news on this project?