VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – “For Rent” signs are slowly disappearing at the Vincennes Plaza retail shopping area along 6th street. Knox County Business leaders believe more business owners seek retail locations in Vincennes because of its growing economy and large industrial sector.
The newest business, soon to open its doors at the Vincennes Plaza, has locked in a spot near JC Penneys and Halmark. Glik’s, a fashion retailer, specializing in men and women’s wear, posted two signs to the glass windows of one empty store front with a coming soon sign.
“Recently, we’ve seen some uptick as commercial space has gotten limited within the community,” said Marc McNeece, Knox County Chamber of Commerce.
The Vincennes Plaza welcomed Dunham’s in November, another business taking advantage of the city’s limited retail space. Its soon-to-be neighbor, Glik’s, found a home just a few doors down.
“We are going to be their second only Indiana store,” said McNeece, noting the only other Glik’s in Indiana is located in Auburn.
A sign was posted in the empty store-front’s window stating Glik’s would be opening in March and was accepting applications. According to Knox County Officials, retail shops typically follow bigger employers.
“When you’re talking about a south of 5% unemployment rate, a new factory opening up, a hospital expansion and then when that happens, other stuff starts to follow in, retail shops come in, and that’s what we’re seeing, ” said McNeece. “The economic come back in this area, is certainly there.”