Locator map with the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pennsylvania’s largest wine and spirits store, a 17,000-square-foot mega-outlet, will officially debut today in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.
The renovated store, built around an existing state store at 5956 Penn Circle South, has been enlarged by about 35 percent, LCB officials said.
The larger, more upscale store is opening in an area experiencing residential, retail and restaurant growth for several years.
With that upswing continuing, LCB officials have pinned their hopes on history repeating itself with the renovated space. The agency has seen sales typically increase about 20 percent to 35 percent at revamped stores, in part because the layout and organization of products encourages shoppers to browse longer, according to officials.
English: Interior of a Super Sheetz in Altoona, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The private businesses that would get the chance to sell beer, wine and liquor under Gov. Tom Corbett‘s proposed overhaul of the state liquor control system had mixed reactions to the proposal.
Eric White, spokesman for the Berks-based Redner’s Warehouse Markets, which also runs the Redner’s Quick Shoppes convenience stores, said the chain almost certainly would have to get into the beer business just to stay competitive with its rivals.
Lou Sheetz, executive vice president of the family-owned Sheetz chain based in Altoona, said the company loves the idea, is excited about it and believes consumers will be, too.
“We have been proponents of adult beverage sales reform in this state for a long time,” he said.
Looks like a bad economy is great for the booze biz. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced that last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2011, ended with record-breaking profits. Nearly two BILLION dollars worth of alcohol was sold at Pennsylvania’s state-run Wine and Spirits stores.
It was further reported that the state-store system made a profit of $496 million, which was dumped into Pennsylvania’s coffers. The PLCB is trying to run the state liquor stores more like a business. WOW, what an outside of the box concept!
All is not peachy on the automated wine kiosk front. The PLCB has placed wine vending machines around the state, in various locations. This was done to help sell more wine and to offer customers a more convenient place, besides the dreaded Wine & Spirits store, to purchase their vino.
Wegmans asked the PLCB to remove all 10 kiosks from their stores in the next 30 days citing too many customer complaints and malfunctioning equipment. Wegmans said in some cases the problems were harmful to their business. The kiosk pilot program started about one year ago.
But have no fear…it looks like Wally World is lining up to stick some wine machines in their stores as soon as this summer. Can you imagine the Walmart photos these will generate?? I cringe in anticipation!