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Friday, January 17, 2020

Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center to Close

The Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center will close on January 24. (FTM file)

by Robin Gee, city council beat editor

Recently, Rob Robinson, owner of the Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center and Highlander Event Center, announced he will be closing the business. His last day is scheduled for January 24.

Owner of the Fort Thomas Plaza Ken Perry, who rents space to the design center, confirmed the business will leave this month.

The antiques center which also provides event space and a coffee shop/bourbon bar.

Some history of the design center

The Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center opened in November 2014 moving into an approximate 24,000 square-foot space that once housed the Fischer Home Selection Center. The new business offered a combination of antiques for sale and a coffee shop.

Since that time, the center added a bourbon bar to its Highlander Coffee House and the Highlander Event Center, a 300-person venue. The business had also provided space for the Fort Thomas Farmer’s Market in their parking lot and allowed them to move inside to provide a winter market during cold months.

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Some history of Fort Thomas Plaza

Fort Thomas Plaza was struggling when Perry of Ken Perry Realty bought the property in 2014. Since that time, the plaza has gone from a mostly empty and neglected entity to a mostly-occupied center.

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Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center has been the largest tenant but other tenants include Swimville USA, barre3, Grace Fellowship Church and Spatola Wrestling.

The plaza later added Active Day, an adult daycare center. The addition of the center sparked some controversy but a zone amendment enabled the business to move into the plaza in 2016.

RELATED: Planning Commission OK's Adult Daycare to Fort Thomas Plaza

Fort Thomas Matters will include more information as it becomes available.

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