In an announcement from Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday morning, the company confirmed what IL first reported in March — that Thorntons’ rapid growth and rebranding efforts were leading to a major expansion in Louisville, where it was founded in 1971. The company, which remains family-owned, now operates 182 convenience stores in six states.
Thorntons plans to invest $27.8 million to build the new 92,500-square-foot headquarters on Old Henry Road. The company says the expansion will create 110 new jobs over the next decade. It expects construction to begin later this year.
“We are proud to call Louisville our hometown and we’re excited about expanding our Store Support Center in Louisville,” said Thorntons CEO Matt Thornton. “The Louisville community has been very good to us over the years, and we couldn’t think of a better place from which to grow our business.”
The company was approved for $2.6 million in state tax incentives for the project, the majority of which is tied to performance goals including employment targets. A Metro official said Thorntons has yet to file planning documents for the new headquarters.
Thorntons’ current campus is at 10101 Linn Station Road in Jeffersontown.