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Former Remke Grocery Site to Be Redeveloped

The former site of Remke Market in Ft. Mitchell will be getting a full face lift as it is redeveloped to house new businesses.

The longtime location of the Northern Kentucky-based grocer closed earlier this year.

A joint venture between owner Bill Remke and Anchor 360, a development firm, will result in the subdivision of the former store into multiple spaces for a variety of businesses.

Anchor 360's David Birdsall told The River City News that his firm is set to close on the property soon, with construction to follow soon after.

One of the major changes to the building will be a change to the Dixie Highway side of the building. When Remke operated there, shoppers would enter the building through doors at the parking lot, with a closed brick wall facing Dixie Highway.

When the work is completed, there will be doors and windows on the Dixie side, Birdsall said.

"It will be cut up into a bunch of smaller spaces and help that anchor another shopping experience," said Birdsall. He added that negotiations are underway for prospective tenants, but could not say whom yet.

The new site will accommodate retail, service, and dining offerings, he said.

The news comes as the City of Fort Mitchell is working to reimagine its downtown area along the Dixie corridor. "To me, Ft. Mitchell is the Hyde Park of Northern Kentucky," Birdsall said, referencing the swanky Cincinnati neighborhood as a comparison. "It has a great neighborhood center, and there is lots of synergy un that downtown Ft. Mitchell corridor. It's just got a really good feel to it."

He believes that retail will work in the area as shoppers more frequently turn their attention away from big box stores.

"I think we are going to be entering a new golden age of retail, with small butcher, baker, and candlestick-maker-type guys," Birdsall said. 

He expects for work to be finished and businesses to be open at the site in the summer.

Birdsall said the Remke building would serve as phase one of the overall project and that his firm is not purchasing the nearby drug store or flower shop property at this time. That would be part of a second phase.

A new parking lot, lighting, and landscaping are also part of the plans.

"We have had a tremendous amount of interest in the site," Birdsall said. Three tenants are in "deep negotiations" with Birdsall, he told the Ft. Mitchell city council, including two food businesses and a service business.

"What I found interesting about the site is, just the visibility along Dixie Highway, to have all that new glass. There is obviously a grading issue, but they have accomplished that grading through a ramp or stairs, but there is still plenty of sidewalk space to accommodate some dining. I think it fits up there very well," Ft. Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman said.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Former Remke grocery location (RCN)