First call for alcohol: New state liquor store to open Friday on Manchester's Elm Street
The 68 Elm St. store, at the corner of Elm and upper Brown Avenue, will offer 1,200 spirits and 1,900 wines — double the selection of the state liquor store on Lincoln Street that will close for good Thursday night as a result.
Nearby Chalifour’s Flowers welcomed its new neighbor.
“I think it’s going to help us,” General Manager Judy Pyszka said Monday. “I think customers are going to come in and get their flowers and then they’re going to go over and grab some of their wines and spirits.”
The flower shop has seen business increase since The Elliot At River’s Edge, a nearby urgent care center, opened in April 2011.
She said she expects the area to welcome more businesses to the neighborhood in the coming years.
“In 10 years, I bet it will happen where a lot of this area won’t have some of the residential buildings,” she said. “I’m sure corporate business will come in and take over, especially with the liquor store and River’s Edge.”
The liquor store location, south of Valley Street on property where Theodore Banana operated decades ago, will house the 12,000-square-foot store and a division of enforcement office that will be used for meetings and training sessions.
Since 2010, it has renovated or relocated 15 stores. The commission said those changes helped ring up record-setting sales of $603.5 million for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended last June.