Handy Andy Laundromat, which was located on Main Street across from Sonic Drive-In, shut down a few weeks ago to make way for an incoming business to Cadiz. ADCO Incorporated, owned by Ken Adkinson, will take over the facility in as little as two weeks, Adkinson said.
The new business will offer heating and cooling services for residents of Cadiz and surrounding areas. ADCO also has locations in Eddyville, Calvert City, Mayfield and Paducah.
Adkinson said he has a lot of customers in Trigg County, which prompted his move. He has been working on his new building for the past two weeks removing old plumbing and installing phone lines. He said he should be open within the next two to three weeks.
Another business that is changing faces is the old MaxFuel, located next to McDonald’s at Interstate 24 on U.S. 68.
The business changed over from a Phillips 66 station to a Chevron.
For the duration of last week, crews were at the service station to paint the canopy covering the gas pumps and change the gas pumps to Chevron pumps. On Monday, two crews with cranes were on site to install the new sign that sits about 50 feet above the ground.
Manager Sheena Blakeley said the change was more to modernize the facility and update their outdated cash registers and gas pumps.
She said before the switch, there was only one register that could handle gas purchases. Now, the register system has been updated and linked to a satellite so customers can now pay at the pump, which is a business boost, Blakeley said.
"We have had tremendous response from the new pumps," the 11-year MaxFuel veteran said.
She said the station gets a lot of repeat business from people traveling from Paducah to Nashville including lawyers, businessmen and other entrepreneurs.
The new system is run off a satellite that is linked to a host computer that monitors what exactly is purchased, how much and when. Now, she said, when people ask for an itemized receipt, they can promptly receive a digital printout that says exactly what the customer purchased. Before, if a customer wanted an itemized receipt, station attendants would have to write out by hand what the customer purchased.
Blakeley said once her employees get used to the new system, she thinks operations and business will approve.
Despite the extra expected business, Blakeley said it was a bad time to switch carriers.
"I think it was a bad time to change with the holidays around and things like that," she said adding that a technical failure last week caused her to lose some Thanksgiving travel business. "Hopefully we’ll pick up what we lost."