Florence, Kentucky

Florence Business Signs

Florence is a home rule-class city located on the northern most tip of the present-day U.S. state of Kentucky.  Prior to incursions by those of European ancestry, this area had been inhabited by native peoples such as the Shawnee for thousands of years.  As for Florence, Kentucky itself, however, this area was first known as Crossroads, due to its location on the convergence of several roads from Burlington and Union at Ridge Road (now U.S. 25).  The town then went through several names including Maddentown and Connersville.  Eventually, however, the name Florence, Kentucky stuck.  Most likely, it was named after Florence in Italy.

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the home rule-class city of Florence, Kentucky has a total population of 32,460 people.  Additionally, Florence, Kentucky is considered part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area has a total population of 2,137,406 people.  This makes the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area the 28th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Florence, Kentucky has several main employers fueling the bulk of its economies.  Some of these local powerhouses include St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Boone County Schools, Robert Bosch, SWECO, Meritor, Eagle Manufacturing, Walmart, Costco Wholesale, Celanese, Citigroup, Crane Composites, DRS, Duro Bag Mfg, Givaudan, Kellogg’s, Mubea, RR Donnelley, Schwan’s, Staples, Taylor & Francis, Southern Air, Kona Ice, and of course, the City of Florence itself.

Undoubtedly the greatest and most well-known landmark in Florence, Kentucky has been and continues to be the “FLORENCE Y’ALL” water tower.  This water tower, built in 1974, and owned by the City of Florence, initially advertised the local mall with the words “FLORENCE MALL” emblazoned across it.  This was part of an agreement with the original developers of this up-and-coming mall, who donated the land for the tower.  However, because the mall had not yet been built at that time, this roadside advertisement violated highway regulations.  The city had to quickly re-arrange the words on the water tower at very short notice.  Instead of repainting the entire tower, “they simply painted over the two vertical lines of the ‘M’ to create a ‘Y’.”  They planned to change it back once the mall had been completed.  However, the local residents liked the tower’s new look so much they chose to leave it be instead.

As for the Florence Mall, it opened in 1976.  Today it is owned by General Growth Properties and boasts 120 stores and services, including four anchor tenants.  These four anchor tenants are JCPenney, Sears, and two Macy’s stores.  In total, the Florence Mall is made up of 890,000 sq. ft. of retail floor area.

Florence, Kentucky is home to one professional sporting franchise of note.  Independent Baseball’s Frontier League’s Florence Freedom play their home games at UC Health Stadium.  Founded in 1994, the Freedom have a total of 3 league championships to their names.  Prior to being Florence Freedom, this team was known as the Erie Sailors, Johnstown Steal, and the Johnstown Johnnies.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Florence, Kentucky area?  Ever thought about embarking upon such an endeavor?  If you do, consider it further – look no farther!  The resources listed below could help you:

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