The Louisville Antique Mall located on the corner of East Broadway and Campbell Street closed today after a year and a half at its current location and 26 years in business leaving 200 antique vendors and the penthouse Colonnade Cafe to find a new home. In January 2008, the building was purchased for over $800,000 and owner Denise Golden subsequently invested around $2 million to fix up the structure.
The antique business has apparently been hit hard by the recession despite a good amount of traffic at the site. Golden says the economy is to blame as spending has become tight.
The five-story art-deco building is currently for sale, along with several other large historic structures on East Broadway. The 1920s era Louisville Antique Mall building is expected to be listed around $3.8 million. Hopefully in better times this property and the entire stretch of East Broadway can pick up the pieces and begin to connect Downtown and near-Downtown neighborhoods with Irish Hill and the Highlands above.