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Lexington’s first Walmart, 1993

Posted on January 24, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Aerial photo of construction of the Mist Lake Plaza shopping center at Richmond Road and Man  o’ War Boulevard on June 2, 1993. The site included a 360-foot retaining wall ranging in height from 5 feet to 35 feet and containing 17,000 to 18,000 blocks. It was the highest keystone block wall in Kentucky at the time of construction. In 2011, the wall had to be rebuilt. The plaza contained the city’s first Walmart. On July 11, 2018, Walmart announced it is closing this location as of Aug. 10. When Walmart opened on Richmond Road in 1993, it was a big deal for Lexington. How big? The traffic pattern changed and other stores on Richmond Road saw a big uptick in customers. Click on the image for a closer look and note that at the bottom the shopping center where First Watch and Tire Discounters is located today, has yet to be built. At the far right, in the middle of the image is the edge of the J. Peterman Co. store, which enjoyed pop culture success from 1995 to 1998 thanks to the TV show Seinfeld. Click here to see an image from our archives of the store. Photo by Tom Woods II | Staff

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