What happened in Hamburg in 2020?


Adrenaline closed, Back Yard Burgers turned into BurgerFi, Cheddar’s sustained fire damage, and Five Below moved into Dress Barn.

Bank of America moved into the former site of Saul Good in Hamburg.

Photo by Megan McCardwell

Blaze Pizza on Sir Barton closed in March, which made room for Lexington’s second Joella’s Hot Chicken.

Bob’s Discount Furniture is moving into the former Babies R Us location, which closed in 2018. Next door, Regal Hamburg suspended operations indefinitely in October.

The Chop House closed on Richmond Road in November.

El Patio opened in the former Life Brewpub location on Richmond Road.

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant opened in the former Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe.

Feeders Supply has relocated to its new, larger home across Richmond Road. The new location is near Kroger.

A Home2 Suites by Hilton was built between Double Dogs and Tire Discounters.

A new Starbucks opened on the corner of Man O’War and Polo Club Blvd, in front of Kentucky Bank. The new location marked the seventh Starbucks within a five mile radius in the Hamburg area, which sparked our interest in a quest to create a Suburban Starbucks Trail.

Stein Mart closed on New Circle Road and Pier 1 Imports relaunched as an online-only store.

On Richmond Road, Studio 23 Fitness opened and Khazai Rugsclosed.

Waxing the City opened a second Lexington location, while Jos. A. Bank closed all of its locations, including the one in the Hamburg Pavilion.



Commerce Lexington Inc. hosted their annual dinner, which celebrates economic development, volunteerism, and community in January. Unbeknown to most that it would be one of the last large, in-person events for the majority of the year.

Frederick Douglass
Photo by Paul Martin/HJ

Former Frederick Douglass student, Drew Rodriguez, received the 2020 Leadership Lexington Youth Distinguished Leader Award for organizing a city wide dining event to raise money for the Markey Cancer Foundation. Timing couldn’t have been more perfect as restaurants closed to in-person dining only two months later.

Now a student at UK, Rodriguez shares, “If you value your business and the future of your business, you need to look into education and investing in education. And that’s what happens at Douglass with the academy model.”

In September, Commerce Lexington took their Salute to Small Business Luncheon virtual to announce the 2020 Small Business of the Year, Churchill McGee.



WED DEC 4: Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Over Lunch Series with special guest Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, virtual, 12-1:30pm

WED DEC 9: UK’s Professional MBA Virtual Open House, 5:30-7pm



This article also appears on page 4 and 5 of the Hamburg 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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