Kentucky Oaks Mall is staging a contest for budding retailers in the area called the "Small Shop Showdown."

Those interested in entering can submit a form pitching their best business plan, which the mall's leasing staff will evaluate before naming one lucky winner who will enjoy 26 weeks of free rent in the retail center.

This new business will be able to take advantage of a prime location with lots of customer traffic from Oct. 1 to March 30, 2020. The winner also will receive a package of promotional assistance to help get the business off the ground, including posters, a news release, digital signage and advertising on social media.

Applications must be submitted between Monday and Aug. 11 at, where a complete list of contest details and restrictions is available.

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