Watson’s superstore, Morris Home Furnishings, new Verizon coming to Florence
Written by Shauna Steigerwald
Several new retail outlets — including a Watson’s superstore, Morris Home Furnishings and a relocated Verizon Wireless — are planned for Florence in the coming months. Construction crews work on the facade of the Morris Home Furnishing store, set to open later this year. The store will be located in the old Kmart building.
(The Community Recorder) Justin B. Duke of the Community Recorder reports: This year Florence will see the opening of a Watson’s superstore, Morris Home Furnishings, a new Verizon Wireless store and others. “These are all excellent redevelopment projects,” said Josh Wice, Florence’s business/community development director.
The Watson’s will be on Houston Road in the former Ethan Allen furniture store. Watson’s currently has an accessory outlet on Mall Road, but the new store will offer much more, Wice said. Watson’s sells pools, pool supplies and equipment along with indoor entertainment. “They will have the space to offer a full-service store with everything Watson’s offers,” he said.
The Verizon Wireless store is being built in the old Lone Star steakhouse lot on Mall Road. The new store will replace its current store across the street, and that building will be open for lease. Morris Furniture is currently renovating the old Kmart building on Burlington Pike. Having a company that’s new to the area invest a significant amount of money in an existing building is an encouraging sign for Florence’s retail development, Wice said. “It will be very complementary to the surrounding business community,” he said.
With a wealth of new retail stores opening this year, it reinforces Florence as Northern Kentucky’s retail hub, which means shoppers can look to Florence to find what they need, Wice said. “The entire business community of Florence benefits,” he said. The upcoming list of opening stores is something to be proud of, but that doesn’t mean Florence is done finding new retailers, Wice said. “We’re always looking for new opportunities for Florence,” he said.
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