Moving day is approaching fast at JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars, which plans to start selling in its new location June 13.
“It’s coming together well,” owner Tom Slattery said. “All the inventory that’s going inside is coming from the current location, so we’re trying to prep as much as we can.”
While they don’t have far to move – from just south of 57th and Western to 57th Street across from Vance Thompson Vision – it’s a lot of product to pack up. The store will close June 9 for the move.
“So we’re asking our customers to be patient as we transition,” Slattery said. “Things are a little chaotic in here with racks and boxes, but we’re still here to take care of your needs the next couple weeks and will have so much more to offer after that.”
JJ’s will start with retail sales in the new location and open its bar, kitchen and “boozy bakery” a couple of weeks later.
“My wife, Jean, has been busy training new cooks for the bakery, so we’ve been getting lots of samples to pass out, and people are really excited about what she’s doing,” Slattery said.
His full-time staff also is ramping up for opening. Paul Squyer, JJ’s bar manager and director of cocktail culture, “is forming a plan of attack for how we’re going to cultivate that culture,” Slattery said. “What he’s shown me has knocked it out of the park. People are going to be really impressed.”
JJ’s is in good shape with staff for now but is still accepting applications as positions might be added after opening.
It also will have some new neighbors soon, as strip mall construction continues at the development.
“JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars is going to be a fantastic anchor tenant for this development, and we’re excited for them to celebrate their opening,” said Norm Drake CEO of Legacy Development and Consulting Company, LLC and manager of Coppenhagen Real Estate Holdings, LLC.
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