By Cary Stemle – Business First contributor
Apr 28, 2017, 6:00am
Quest Outdoors Supercenter
Address: Shelbyville Road Plaza, 4600 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
Cost:$500,000 from Hagan Properties, plus additional $250,000 to $300,000 from Quest Outdoors Superstore
Size: 29,000 square feet
Owner, lead developer: Hagan Properties
Architect and design firm: Rob Donhoff, Donhoff Kargl Nall Architects
General contractor: Personal Framers LLC
Buyer broker: N/A
Seller broker: Hagan Properties
With the opening of the Quest Outdoors Superstore in May 2016, Hagan Properties completed its remodel of Shelbyville Road Plaza, the largest open-air shopping center in Louisville.
Hagan Properties has owned and operated the center since 1991, said Tommy Edwards, retail representative for Hagan Properties.
A Quest Outdoors store had operated at the center for about five years in a 9,000-square-foot spot. But Ryan and Michelle King purchased and consolidated its three Louisville locations into one 29,000-square-foot superstore, taking over the prominent corner spot last occupied by a Borders bookstore.
“There are a few retailers in Louisville, when you think of true retailers, that are really local. Quest Outdoors immediately comes to mind,” said Edwards. “That spot started as a local thing with Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, and Quest brings it full circle.”
Hagan Properties worked with “as many local contractors, architects, artists, woodworkers, etc. … as possible,” Edwards said.
Architect Rob Donhoff with DKN Architects designed the space, using reclaimed and environmentally friendly materials where possible.
“It’s fun to work with creative architects who can conceptualize space,” Edwards said.
The Quest Outdoors Superstore uses a store -within-a-store strategy, with Base Camp Coffee Shop featuring Quills Coffee and treats from Plehns bakery and Nancy’s Bagels, Quest Watersports, Quest Fly Fishing, Trails End Outlet and Quest Outdoors.
Local artists have contributed artwork.
“You’ll find a lot of local flair,” Edwards said. “There are a lot of different local elements with photography and local artists who have done work at Forecastle Festival.”
With its one-year anniversary in the spot approaching, Edwards said the store has been a great success.
“They’ve achieved sales that they’d never seen before,” he said. “It’s just a really nice story to watch and be part of.”