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Construction Approved for New Bel Air Liquors Location

Owner Larry Dean said the store will have a more inviting look than the existing location.

plans to take the first step in its move across town by next week. The business recently received its construction permit from the and hopes to break ground on South Main Street in the coming days.

Currently on Hickory Avenue across from the , Bel Air Liquors will move into the space adjacent to and across from .

“Our goal is to be in the new store sometime in March, early April,” owner Larry Dean told Patch.

The new space will be 6,500 square feet—1,200 of which will be subleased. The existing location is only about 2,800 square feet.

“We’ll be increasing the wine selection and the craft beer selection,” Dean said. “We’ll be able to have a more shoppable store. The aisles will be wider. We’ll be able to put up more unique-looking displays.”

Dean said the move was sparked by the county’s purchase of his existing property, and the fact that his business has outgrown the location. He bought the property where the new store will go in 2009.

“It’s going to be a building that looks like it could have been built in 1900. [A] two-story building with a front porch. … Stone from the grade to the bottom of the windows,” he said. “The interior will have all exposed beams and ductwork. It will have a unique atmosphere inside of it. It’s not going to be a cold-looking commercial structure. We’re looking to have it be something that’s warm and inviting.”

A tenant for the subleased portion of the building hasn’t been selected, but Dean said inquiries have included a law firm, a gift shop and a food service.

“We’re really not sure at this point until we get an opportunity to market it,” he said.

SS October 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM
even where it is located now is inviting, the employees and the Dean's are very friendly people, we go out of our way to go there, and the beer is always cold and in stock!
mensor October 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Just what Bel Air needs. More availability of alcohol for the alcoholics.
Eric bel air October 12, 2011 at 11:21 PM
And it's a stone's throw from Looneys! :)
Phil Dirt October 13, 2011 at 12:15 AM
That's so true, mensor. Therefore, we should not allow the folks who can drink responsibly to buy liquor. Sheesh. (Uh, didja forget that the other location is closing, so there's not going to be an increase in availabilty?)
SS October 13, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Thank you Phil
Nick October 13, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Yes mensor, the only people who go into a liquor store are alcoholics. And I suppose only obese people go to the grocery store. Perhaps we should ban everything that anyone might do to excess. No more cough syrup, aerosol cans of anything, soda, fats, or lottery. Hell, I saw a show on Tv(also something people do to excess) about a person who couldn't help themselves from eating dirt. Lets get rid of it all. Go crawl back under whatever rock you came out from under.
mensor October 13, 2011 at 04:03 AM
I said alcoholics, not folks who can drink responsibly. BUT, drinking responsibly is a slippery slope, and largely a very subjective determination, by laymans terms. There are alot of functional alcoholics out there. People need more in the ways of developing life passions and less of ways to escape from life. Visit Looneys on any evening. The regulars are escaping. Here for instance, watch this, you may learn something! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
Al October 13, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Mensor, who says that functional alcoholics are practicing escapism and lack life passions? There are also plenty of functional alcoholics who drink responsibly...as in they have and keep a job, harm no one other than perhaps themselves (depending on the impact to their liver). I think that perhaps your definitions of "functional alcoholic", "escapism", and "life passions" are skewed due to your personal biases.
Mo October 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM
As regular neighborhood customers of Bel Air Liquors we're glad they're moving, the place they are at right now is a dump. Hopefully they will work on the younger guys employees - as a paying customer I'd like some attention when I'm ready to purchase instead of them eating behind the counter or conversing with each other or "friends" who come in.
Sherry October 13, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I am glad you are moving to a bigger place. More parking and lots of room for the bottles. I have always bought my liquor at The Bel Air store. Everyone was so nice and gave you suggestions on what wine to serve with special food. Looking forward to your new space Larry Dean!
jd October 14, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Mo, thank you for your opinion about our employees. We will address this and hope your next visit is much better!we have many loyal customers and we want to keep them!! Julie dean
Nick October 20, 2011 at 03:59 PM
He's always been cool to me and to others while in my presence.
Phil Dirt October 20, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Wow! He must really be a despicable human being if he's even being criticized by a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

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