Hester's facility gets healthy welcome

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By Thomas Barr

HILLVIEW -- When Kenny Hester drove by the new building each day, all he could do was smile.

When Kenny and Carol Hester were planning their new facility off Hebron Lane at John Harper Highway, they had plans and dreams.

But as the ribbon was cut on the facility, the Hesters excitement could not be restrained.

"It's even better than I ever imagined," said Kenny Hester.

Of the building, 20,000 square feet will be occupied by Hester's Fitness, which was previously located in an older facility near the Bullitt/Jefferson County line.

The rest will designed for offices.

When the planning stages started, Hester said he wanted a facility that was bright. He wanted one that the community would be proud of. And he wanted one that could provide services to the area.

"I wanted something Bullitt County would be proud of. I think we did it," said Hester.

After 15 years of growth, Hester said he knew that the fitness center had outgrown its space. And once it relocated, it would allow another business, Whatever It Takes Transmission, to expand.

Situated across from Jewish Hospital Medical Center South, Hester said it was a great location.

Close to Interstate 65, Hester said the building has great accessibility and proximity.  

He hopes that much of his available space will be utilized by the health profession.

"We still need more medical services in Bullitt County," said Hester.

A native of the county, Hester knew he wanted to build his dream building in the community.

"We wanted to give something back," said Hester. "This community has been very good to me and my family."

So the plan began to take place. But, as a business man, Hester said he wanted everything to be done quickly. In construction, that doesn't always happen.

"I was in a hurry," said Hester.

When planning, he wanted that open feel with a lot of windows.

He wanted signage that would make the building stand out.

He even has the first underground parking garage in the county.

But the crowning touch might be the hand-designed lighted chandelier, which can be seen by those driving by.

"It is a beautiful building," said Hester.

While Hester's Fitness was open several weeks before the public ceremony, Hester said he noticed the sense of excitement from both those exercising but from staff.

With all the newest state-of-the-art fitness equipment, Hester said there is even a large indoor play area to occupy kids while their parents are burning calories and building muscle.

The three-story facility has an elevator and a walk outside the back will allow visitors a glimpse of Brooks Run flowing across the property line.

The fitness center hosts various classes throughout the week and personal trainers are on-board to help in your efforts to improve your health.

Hester said he was so pleased that so many people from the community, including numerous elected officials, came out to the ribbon cutting sponsored by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce.

"I was surprised," said Hester. "I think it shows the community appreciates what we have tried to do."