Tuesday, April 10, 2012 , Updated 7:30 a.m., May 25, 2012
UPDATED: Total Wine & More, new liquor store chain, entering Dallas
First Spec's, now this.
Headquartered in Maryland, Total Wine is owned by David and Robert Trone, whose father had a chain called Beer World. This will be Total Wine's 80th store nationwide.
According to the release, Total Wine & More will have wine ("from nearly every wine-growing region in the world" -- nearly?), spirits, microbrews, and crappy American beers, plus:
- climate-controlled fine wine cellar for finer selections
- walk-in humidor for cigars
- in-store classroom for private tastings and organization meetings
The liquor-store scene in Dallas has been crazy-town for the past year. Spec's announced its move into DFW last fall, with the Dallas store opening in February and more coming to Plano and Fort Worth. Spec's tried to buy Sigel's, then decided not to, but it did go ahead and swallow Mr. G's. Meanwhile, in February, Majestic closed seven branches around Dallas-Fort Worth.
Total Wine & More operates 79 wine superstores in 11 states, with plans to expand into 14 states by year's end, including New Mexico and Washington. The opening for the Dallas store is scheduled for early summer; hiring is already underway.
UPDATE: Total Wine & More opened on Thursday, May 24.
From the release:
The new store features the chain’s next-generation interior design, including:
· An improved tasting area where customers can experience new wines, beers and spirits in an open learning environment
· A classroom designed to resemble a wine cellar, where more formal classes and tastings take place, as well as meetings of community organizations
· A larger humidor offering an expanded product offering
· iPads that offer an application to help customers pair wines with foods
· Visual signage to suggest themes associated with the wine experience
Known for its unparalleled selection, low prices and expert service, Total Wine will offer a greater selection of wines, spirits, and beer ... a shopping experience unlike any other, with wine from nearly every wine-growing region in the world, as well as a tremendous selection of spirits from every price range, and a diverse offering of beers, from America’s most popular beers to hard-to-find microbrews and imports.
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