RICHBORO >> Holland native Carl Jolly, the director of retail operations for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), returned home on March 28 to celebrate the grand opening of the state’s newest Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at Addisville Commons, 890 Second Street Pike, Richboro.
Standing at the site where he made his first car purchase - a 1984 Pontiac Fiero from Davis Pontiac - Jolly reminisced about riding bikes from Holland up Second Street Pike to McDonald’s. “That was a long, long time ago,” he smiled.
“I’m very happy with this new store,” he continued. “We’ve expanded our square footage and our product selection. And I could not be more proud to open this store today,” he said.
The spacious new store, boasting more than 9,600 square feet of space, replaces its former, much smaller location in the nearby Crossroads Plaza and adds a new anchor to the brand new Addisville Commons, under development by the Dreher Group.
The new store features more than 3,800 wines and spirits, including more than 670 luxury products and 76 Premium Collection spirits, which were not available at the former store.
The store also carries the popular Chairman’s Selection products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available at significant discounts from nationally quoted prices.
“This will be great for our customers and we hope to keep adding to our selection,” said Jolly.
The layout of the store, adds Jolly, offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is a center table where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. A wine specialist also will be available to help customers select the perfect wine for any occasion.
The center table, which includes a tasting bar, also provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as: answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits; a vintage chart; a food pairing outline; a party planning guide; a calorie chart; and tips for responsible hosting and consumption
The store also features a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth, an addition that received a thumbs up from State Rep. Wendi Thomas.
Thomas was among a handful of dignitaries and employees given the honor of cutting the ribbon on the new store.
“This store will be a great advantage to our residents here,” said Thomas, acknowledging the years of work and planning by the township and the Dreher Group that went into the redevelopment of the site.
According to Jolly, throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible.
The majority of store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.
“It’s beautiful," said Supervisor Dr. Kimberly Rose gazing around at the new store. “Besides the fact that it’s huge, it has a nice feel to it. I love the colors. I love the selection. I’m very impressed,” she said.
“And it’s a great addition to Addisville Commons. People are very excited about this whole project. Of course we have Wawa and also Univest Bank. But we’re also attracting a lot of good, solid businesses to Richboro. It’s adding jobs and improving the quality of life for everyone.”
The final two buildings at the 83,000-square-foot project are complete and tenants have begun the process of outfitting the new retail spaces and moving in.
The smaller of the two buildings, overlooking the Wawa and across the street from Richboro Imported Cars, will house E’s Irish Pub bar and grill.
The Warminster-based pub is setting up shop in a 4,000 square foot space on the first floor of the building, which fronts on 2nd Street Pike. It is scheduled to open its doors in the near future after being delayed from its planned St. Patrick's Day opening.
Be Well Cafe, specializing in healthy plates, sandwiches and other items, is slated to open in a 4,000 square foot first floor space next to E’s Irish Pub. The eatery is scheduled to open its doors around Independence Day.
The second, roughly 13,000 square foot building on Second Street Pike across the street from the Campbell Funeral Home, is now anchored by the new Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store, which relocated from the nearby Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center.
Joining the liquor store on the first floor of the new building will be a 4,000 square foot Bacco Bistro and Pizzeria. It is slated to open on June 12. Bacco’s, known for its Italian specialties, also has locations in Doylestown and North Wales.
The Richboro Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The store's phone number is 215-396-3802. To find additional store locations and hours, visit FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers.
The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees.
Taxes and store profits – totaling $16.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services.
The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov.