HOOKSETT — Bert’s Better Beers will move from its longtime location to a new spot down the street in Manchester.
The shop signed a lease for a 4,800-square-foot space at the North End Shops at Livingston Park, according to Colliers International, a commercial real estate service.
“We’ve been looking to move for a while,” said Margaret Bingel, general manager. “We wanted to be able to stay in the same area to serve our loyal customers.”
The new location is about five minutes away and provides better access and parking, she said.
Bert’s opened in 2009 and expanded to take over an adjacent spot at its current location. At the time, the craft beer phenomenon was just catching on.
“We really need the space for our wide variety of beer,” Bingel said. “One of the things our customers like is the expansive product selection.”
The plaza — formerly the Maple Tree Mall — went through a $1 million facelift last year that included a new facade, sign and revamped parking lot. The plaza is owned by Linear Retail Properties in Burlington, Mass. It’s home to Dollar Tree, La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, Orange Theory, Cyr Kitchen & Bath, Papa Gino’s and more.
The shop will be located next to Game Knight, a sister company, a board game cafe/bar. The customers will likely be able to buy beer at Bert’s and bring it over, pending proper “bring your own beverage” licenses.
“We are very excited about the move. It’s going to give Bert’s Better Beers more space so we can offer more fine beverages to our customers,” wrote owner Bert Bingel in an email to the Union Leader.
Margaret Bingel said there is no set date for the opening in the new space.
“This move will allow us to grow and expand our business for the ever changing face of craft beer,” she said.