FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Beaver Dam rest stop, one of the landmarks along the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway, will re-open early next year.
The state Finance and Administration Cabinet announced on Monday that they awarded a contract to Martin and Bailey, Inc., convenience rest area operators in five states, to renovate, operate and maintain general merchandise and fuel service operations at the facility, located in the median of the parkway.
The agreement also has two, five-uer renewal options, for a total of up to 30 years.
“We know travelers and local residents will be happy to see the Beaver Dam Rest Area once again open for business,” said Finance Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III. “Martin and Bayley will operate the center 24 hours by 7 days a week by 365 days a year. It will be a convenient spot for the whole family to get refreshments, use the facilities, and fill their gas tank.”
The nine acres of land, the building, and the gas center operations are all part of the contract. Rent to the Commonwealth will be paid quarterly with payments determined as a percentage of gross receipts. Initially the percentage is 1.1 percent with five-year increment increases ranging from 1.6 percent to 3.6 percent if the second extension is awarded.
The Beaver Dam rest stop closed in January of this year after the vendor’s lease expired, then provided an incomplete response to the state’s request for proposals, and was non-responsive to the state’s request for further information. Re-opening the popular stop was a priority for the Transportation Cabinet.
“The new 4,050-square-foot operation will employ up to 20 associates,” said Jim Whetstone, vice president of real estate for Martin and Bayley, Inc. “The store will have six well-lit pumps and 12 fueling stations. Inside the store, customers will find Huck’s pizza, fried chicken, a bakery, and our freshly prepared 'Grillin’ Zone' grill items.”
The company, based in Carmi, Illinois, was founded in 1960 with its first convenience store in 1974. It operates more than 116 convenience stores.
The new Huck’s is expected to open on Jan., 26, 2018.