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 KenCo News Investigates Rumors of More Businesses Closing

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (01/28/15) – Over the last few weeks, there have been several businesses that have officially announced their upcoming closure. Lately, however, there have been rumors of other businesses that are closing, but have not made an official announcement. KenCo News took the day and spoke with several local businesses that were rumored to be closing.

First, KenCo News reporters spoke with Sheila Brownlee, the manager at Purple Onion. Mrs. Brownlee openly stated that Sunday would mark the final day for both the Purple Onion and the Central City Theatre.

“We just stopped making money,” said Mrs. Brownlee.

In a statement to the community, Mrs. Brownlee stated that, “I would like to thank everybody for being our patrons at the theatre and the restaurant. The party is over.”

Mrs. Brownlee stated that she and her husband would be leaving the area and moving to Bowling Green.

Next, reporters visited another place rumored to be closing, Snyder Chiropractic in Greenville. Mr. Snyder did admit that the business would be closing on Feb. 27.

“It has nothing to do with the economy,” said Dr. Snyder, “though I am unhappy with the economy.”

Dr. Snyder stated that the reason of his closing was health-related, as he has undergone five major surgeries over the last ten years. Dr. Snyder said that as far as he knew at this time no one would be taking over the business.

Reporters then spoke with Steve Baggett, manager at Rural King, as rumors have been numerous regarding the possibility of their closing.

“As far as I know, it’s all rumors,” said Mr. Baggett. “Of course, we don’t make any guarantees, but we haven’t been informed of anything regarding closing. All the rumors started with Uncle Lee’s closing.”

Lastly, Reporters visited Tractor Supply in Central City. The manager there stated, “I’m not authorized to give that information.”

The manager did give reporters a phone number to call, but after being transferred through several individuals, reporters were put on hold for an extended period of time, inevitably not receiving any information.

At the end of the day, it was found that out of the five businesses rumored to be closing, three have been confirmed, one likely not to close, and the other is unconfirmed at this time.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News