The 70+ year story of Kentucky Gun Co is one that entails a business successfully navigating the twists and turns of a fluctuating — and sometimes volatile — economy.
Through perseverance and always keeping an eye on market trends and demographics, since 1946 Kentucky Gun Co has evolved from depot store to grocery store to ice house, and eventually into what they are today — a sporting goods store where you can buy just about anything.
In 2002, sensing the end of the small family owned grocery store era, the company knew they needed new direction and a new focus. “In 2002, when I became part of the business, we quickly realized that if we wanted to stay relevant as a business, we had to find a niche in our community,” said Patrick Hayden, the owner of Kentucky Gun Co. “After performing some market research, we found that there wasn’t a particularly strong presence of firearm dealers in our part of Kentucky. We saw the niche, recognized it as an opportunity, and began selling firearms to fill the void.”