Lawrenceburg tries to lure businesses with free rent & utilities

LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - Lawrenceburg is looking to boost its downtown business and is holding a contest to fill its store fronts.

Lawrenceburg Main Street Incorporated is looking for established companies or entrepreneurs to set up shop in town on a trial basis and the non-profit group is willing to pay you to do so.

Officials say they have four available store fronts that are in good condition and ready to accommodate tenants. "Everyone keeps telling us they want more retail so that's what we're trying to give them," said Pat Krider with Lawrenceburg Main Street, Inc.

Nearly 20 percent of Lawrenceburg's downtown consists of vacant buildings and store fronts.

"It's an initiative to jump start retail business in our downtown," said Krider.

Winning contestants will be given the opportunity to open and operate their business for a three month period with Lawrenceburg Main Street, Inc. paying the rent and the utility bill.

"In addition to that, Main Street will support them with an advertising and marketing campaign. Plus, we'll coordinate the whole effort with the grand opening," said Krider.

"I think its wonderful. I think its great," said Linda Schneider owner of Books On High, located on High Street. "We have a good group here of retail merchants that support each other, help each other, promote each other."

For additional details, visit the Main Street office, 70 E. High St., Lawrenceburg, or click here.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 22.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.