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June 3, 2014

Lee’s Ford Wine & Spirits targets July 4th weekend

Burnside —

After enduring years of dismal lake tourism and a sluggish economy, J.D. Hamilton, owner of Lee’s Ford Marina and Harbor Restaurant & Tavern, just came off what he calls “a Goldilocks weekend.”
Not only was Lake Cumberland’s Memorial Day weekend tourism at its highest level in years, but Hamilton is now preparing to open his latest venture—Pulaski County’s newest and westernmost spirits store.
Lee’s Ford Wine & Spirits could open by the July 4th under an accelerated construction schedule. The store will be located in a building now under renovation at the corner of Old Ky. 80 and Lee’s Ford Dock Road. Crews of contractor Chris Herd were busy yesterday cleaning out the building in preparation for construction. Herd is targeting completion of renovation work by the July 4th holiday weekend.
Hamilton was one of two Burnside businessmen to be awarded a liquor store license by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) late last month. The other is developer Brook Ping, the man behind the Stonebrook Pavilion commercial center on South U.S. 27, which is where his liquor store will be located.
During an interview yesterday, Hamilton said he recently leased six slips to boat owners who have moved their vessels from Dale Hollow, Laurel and Herrington lakes to Lee’s Ford. Hamilton attributed the moves to Lake Cumberland’s restoration to normal summer pool level following years of repair work at Wolf Creek Dam.
“Of course it’s still early to predict what the future holds, but the signs are good-- and the weather has been perfect,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton’s cautious optimism for better days ahead is reflected in his plans for the new liquor store: Lee’s Ford Wine & Spirits will feature a 70-foot-long cooler.
Looks like he’s planning for a thirsty summer.

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