James Callahan presents the wine and deli shop sign design to the Redevelopment Authority on Monday. Steeple City Liquors Inc. will move its shop into the former Staples location.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Redevelopment Authority approved to allow Steeple City Liquors, Inc., into the former Staples lot on 80 Rear Main St. on Monday evening.
Michelle Butler, an attorney from Cain Hibbard and Myers representing proprietor Louis Matney Jr., said the store will be a "high-end deli and wine and beer package store."
"It's not a typical package store," Butler said. "We'll be offering gourmet food, fresh deli sandwiches. We will have the largest selection in North County for wine, approximately 1,700 different wines and 500 different beers, primarily craft brews."
Steeple City Liquors obtained its beer and wine license from the city's Licensing Board in November and has been approved by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The store will not initially offer liquor because the city has reached its quota for all-alcohol package store licenses.
"It's something we're interested in, but it'll require legislative approval to do so," Butler said.
The store was also approved for maximum store hours, but intends to be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 to 10 Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 on Sunday.
In addition, the shop plans to offer mix-and-match six packs of craft beer, as well as weekly wine tastings. In the future, Steeple City Liquors hopes to offer educational food and wine courses.
There will also be a partition between the deli's seating area and the wine and beer sales. No alcohol will be consumed on the premises, except for wine samples.
In other news, the Planning Board approved for the "change of use" for Northeast Wireless Solutions Inc. Owner Keith Parzych requested to be listed as the new tenant of the Verizon store, which changed ownership in early March.
The hearing for a special permit for the construction of a convenience store and additional gas islands at the Shell Station at 1 State Road was postponed to May.
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