LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A staple in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg community since 1912, Hauck’s Handy Store is up for sale.
Hauck’s and several other properties along Goss Avenue are all listed on a giant ‘for sale’ sign on the corner of Goss and Hoertz Avenues. The family-owned mom and pop store has been an institution in the community for over 100 years.
One of the co-owners, Lynn Hite, said it was an emotional decision to make and her family will miss their customers. Hite said it was just the right time for her and her sister to retire from the business they grew up with.
Her father, George Hauck, 98, gave life to the Dainty Festival and the Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner, and has been a pillar in the community. Hite said he hasn’t been able to come into the store everyday in recent years, and that is another factor in their decision.
The booming real estate market also helped.
President of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council (SACC), Ron Bolton, said most of the real estate available in the area has recently sold. The neighborhood has become a hot-spot and weekend destination.
Hauck’s traditions have become a city staple, so SACC has taken over the Dainty championship and the Citizen Dinner. Hite said she just hopes whoever buys the land keeps old traditions alive, starts new ones, and has as much fun as they have had over the years.
Mulloy Commerical Real Estate has listed a group of properties including 998-1004 Goss Ave., 1008 Goss Ave. and 1315 Hoertz Ave.
All six properties, including the Hauck’s building, are a package deal going for for $1.39 million.