LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - London city officials say business incentives and growth continue to draw in both corporations and small businesses.
"You're seeing restaurants, you're seeing retail. Lots of great spaces and we're pretty excited about what is still down the road," said London City Council Member Daniel Carmack.
Some of the new businesses include Kohl's, Five Below, Mi Casa, Koi Express and Hometown Hemp, in addition to others.
One of the newest locally owned businesses coming to London late fall is "Sauced," which is an existing restaurant in downtown Pineville.
Owners say thanks to support from the Pineville community, they and other businesses have been able to keep the Courthouse Square at full capacity. Previously, officials say that the same area was at 80% vacancy.
"We saw this happen in downtown Lexington, we were there for 20 years. So, we got to see what I call 'business begets business.' And so, instead of competing against each other businesses help each other and they help each other grow," said owner Gina Wilson.
"Sauced" recently celebrated their second year in business and owners said they began to look at where they could expand.
"We started looking at different numbers and London came back to us with their incentives program that they had put together. And, it was unbelievable it really blew us out of the water," said Wilson.
London officials say those incentives will hopefully draw in even more business as they still have plenty of space available for more.