The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board celebrated the grand opening of a Fine Wine and Good Spirits store at 210 Cedar St. in Tamaqua with a ribbon-cutting Monday afternoon.
“I’d like to welcome everyone to the grand opening today — our first one since February 2020,” said T. Timothy “Tim” Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. “So we are moving past the COVID.”
The event brought state and local elected officials, LCB representatives and others who helped with plans to move the store from 141 N. Railroad St. to the newly expanded Boyer’s Food Store.
“This is not the old state store. This is the Fine Wine and Good Spirits brand,” said Michael Demko, executive director of the PLCB.
He noted that it features an updated color scheme, spacious aisles and a plentiful selection. The 3,400-square-foot store carries more than 1,100 wines and more than 1,000 spirits, he said.
The LCB, he said, is remodeling stores across the state and has completed about 150 of them.
State Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, Rush Township, thanked John Boyer and his family for deciding to grow the Tamaqua grocery store. Through discussions with the family, he said, it was obvious that locating the liquor shop, food store — and a new beer distributor — under one roof made sense.
Argall also noted that the property is located in a City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, and as such, all tax revenue brought in by the businesses will stay in the borough for the next 25 years.
“What a great facility,” said state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, Rush Township. “Boyer’s — what can I tell you — they’ve been here forever and it’s good to see the additional presence in this building.”
To celebrate the grand opening, all in-store wines, spirits and accessories will be 10% off through Wednesday.
It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Demko noted that Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores brought $2.6 billion in revenues last year.
Taxes and store profits 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 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.
The former Fine Wine and Good Spirits has been closed and the space it occupied is now part of St. Luke’s University Health Network.
Jill Whalen is a staff writer at the Hazleton Standard-Speaker who began her career as a correspondent for the newspaper’s former Shenandoah office and as an editorial assistant in Hazleton. She was the sole reporter at the Standard-Speaker’s Tamaqua bureau until its merger with the Pottsville Republican-Herald. Since then, she has worked in the Hazleton office primarily as a features writer. Whalen resides in Schuylkill County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-501-3592.