The bourbon and wine scene around Euclid Avenue and High Street is going to get more crowded: Kroger plans to open a wine and spirits shop near the Euclid Avenue store that's being rebuilt.
Kroger has leased the former Premier Home Video building at Ashland and Euclid avenues and plans to turn it into a stand-alone liquor store, according to Kroger spokesman Tim McGurk.
"Wine is by far the most requested item by our shoppers, so we are excited to announce that we plan to bring a new Kroger Wine and Spirit shop to the community," McGurk said. "We are pleased with the progress being made on the new Euclid Avenue Kroger store and remain hopeful that it will be ready for a grand opening in January."
The wine and spirits shop will open later.
First, Kroger plans to renovate the existing 2,500-square-foot building at Euclid and South Ashland avenues at a cost of about $900,000, he said.
In addition to remodeling the building, Kroger must apply for a wine and spirits license, so the opening date of the shop has not been set.
There already are at least five stores that sell liquor, wine or beer in the immediate area: Corner Wine and The Beer Trappe on Euclid, and Liquor Barn Express, Rite Aid, and Le Matin on High Street. A little farther away is Coliseum Liquors on Rose Street and Big Daddy's Liquors on Woodland Avenue. All are within walking distance of the University of Kentucky campus.
At least one area merchant is not thrilled to have more company.
"They will make all the small businesses close," said Abbas Larian, owner of Le Matin. "They have had a big effect on the Liquor Barn on Harrodsburg Road."