The Galleria of St. Matthews redevelopment in Louisville, KY

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The Galleria of St. Matthews — which once housed local businesses like Havana Rumba, Pretty Paws + Nail Therapy Studio — is getting a second life.

After the roof collapsed in 2019, the East End strip mall located at 4101 Oechsli Ave. was condemned and left vacant, but a local real estate group, Kaden Companies, has plans to breathe new life into the shopping center.

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Kaden Companies plans to add a second floor. | Rendering by DKN Architects, Raven Parmer + Tom Kargl.

The company’s plan — approved by the city on Wednesday — is to fully redevelop the two-acre property that sits between Sears and Thierman Avenues in the heart of St. Matthews. The 23,000-sqft ground-floor retail space will be modernized + a second floor with 4,000-10,000-sqft of office or medical space will be added.

The company also plans to move its headquarters to the redeveloped space. Leases are still in the process, but expect at least one restaurant to open. Interested in setting up shop? Learn more here.

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