Retail Watch: Urban Outfitters on Bardstown Road?

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Could Urban Outfitters be headed for Bardstown Road? (BS FIle Photo)
Could Urban Outfitters be headed for Bardstown Road? (BS FIle Photo)

We caught word this weekend that Urban Outfitters is again looking to open a store on Bardstown Road, but Insider Louisville beat us to the break. While a previous deal fell through a couple years ago for space at a still-empty strip mall at Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive and apparently totally ignoring the old ear X-tacy space, the hip clothing company is now looking for space currently occupied by Blockbuster Video at 1140 Bardstown Road—next door to Highland Coffee (how hip can one block get?).

We couldn’t confirm the fate of the Blockbuster, but the company was recently bought by Dish Network after filing for bankruptcy last year, so it seems like the space could be in limbo. Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters also owns several other store concepts including Anthropologie.

Could Urban Outfitters be headed for Bardstown Road? (BS FIle Photo)
Could Urban Outfitters be headed for Bardstown Road? (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden is a writer and architectural designer living in Brooklyn. After graduating from the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Branden practiced architecture in Louisville where he worked on several large LEED Certified buildings. Branden is the senior web editor at The Architect’s Newspaper, where he covers architecture, design, and urbanism. He has also written about design for Designers & Books, sustainability for Inhabitat, and architecture for the American Institute of Architects. He founded Broken Sidewalk in 2007, an online collaborative promoting architecture and urbanism in Louisville, Kentucky and the Midwest.
Branden is a writer and architectural designer living in Brooklyn. After graduating from the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Branden practiced architecture in Louisville where he worked on several large LEED Certified buildings. Branden is the senior web editor at The Architect’s Newspaper, where he covers architecture, design, and urbanism. He has also written about design for Designers & Books, sustainability for Inhabitat, and architecture for the American Institute of Architects. He founded Broken Sidewalk in 2007, an online collaborative promoting architecture and urbanism in Louisville, Kentucky and the Midwest.

7 COMMENTS

  1. how about a shop that sells goods made by people and designers in the area, and not cheap POS clothing that is made to fall apart so you spend all your time and money in there…

  2. Agreed, I would like this to be only a rumor. I count it as a plus that Louisville has not attracted retailers like Urban Outfitters. I tell myself it is because they suck money out of the community while contributing very little but that must not be entirely true as I was insanely excited when I heard Trader Joe’s was finally opening a store. My dislike in this case may be more linked to what I perceive to be aesthetically displeasing clothes and a prepackaged supposed edginess/subversiveness a giant corporation can only market rather than possess.

  3. Agreed, I would like this to be only a rumor. I count it as a plus that Louisville has not attracted retailers like Urban Outfitters. I tell myself it is because they suck money out of the community while contributing very little but that must not be entirely true as I was insanely excited when I heard Trader Joe’s was finally opening a store. My dislike in this case may be more linked to what I perceive to be aesthetically displeasing clothes and a prepackaged supposed edginess/subversiveness a giant corporation can only market rather than possess.

  4. Here you go Alex:

    http://www.salvocollective.com/

    IMHO, you cannot argue with anything that brings more people to Bardstown Road (or Frankfort Ave, or Market St., etc…). Yeah, it may be corporate, but at least it’s not going into Mall St. Matthews.

    If you don’t like the store, then don’t shop there. But at least support their desire to invest in the city.

  5. Am I the only one that likes urban outfitters? their clothes are so cheap (for men) and they actually fit skinny people. plus most of what is for sale on Bardstown road is kind of expensive.

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