We love our life in the exurbs of Louisville. I have written quite a bit about how it is the perfect place for us as we have the best of both worlds: Farms and fields close by for me and plenty of amenities for my wife. One interesting feature of living in a developing area is watching the march of new businesses across the landscape. The last 18 months or so have left us puzzled though. Previously we were convinced that every shopping center was required by some unknown building code to contain at least one nail salon. These days there are two new types of establishments that seem to be cropping up…frozen yogurt and tire stores.
Within 2 miles of our house we have no less than five tires stores and they just broke ground on a sixth location. We wonder if we are living in the middle of some bizarre Tire War that has gone unreported by the media. As for frozen yogurt, they are nearing double-digits in our local community. They have cute names like Orange Leaf and 32 Degrees and they are all pretty delicious, but I can’t imagine they are very profitable with so much competition.
So a question for the commentariat? Are you seeing the same things in your communities or is this a unique phenomenon in my town? If not yogurt and tire, what types of businesses seem to be taking over your neck of the woods?