Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a new liquor store near the airport.
Brion McGroarty, who has operated Town Provisions in downtown Edgartown for 23 years, plans to move the store to a new 2,700 square foot building that will be an addition to the Flatbread Company, a family pizza restaurant on Airport Road.
Mr. McGroarty has received approval for the project from the zoning board of appeals, the airport commission and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. He still needs approval from the town selectmen and also the ABCC to transfer his liquor license from a downtown location in Edgartown to the new location. He has not yet filed formal application to change the license to the new location, but has told the town it is coming, assistant to the town administrator Kristy Rose said.
Mr. McGroarty said his company and Flatbread are real estate partners, but the businesses will be run completely separately. “I have nothing to do with Flatbread, and Flatbread has nothing to do with us,” he said.
“Flatbread is not operating a liquor store,” Flatbread manager Tina Miller said.
Construction on the liquor store, which will now be called MV Wine and Spirits, will take place throughout the summer, and Mr. McGroarty anticipated a late summer or early fall opening date.
The new store will be similar to Town Provisions, he said. It will sell mostly wine, craft beer and liquor, and will be open year round.
The new location was set in motion in 2010, when the selectmen and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission approved Mr. McGroarty swapping his seasonal liquor license with the Benjamin Hall family, owners of Great Harbor Gourmet and Spirits, for an annual license.
Mr. McGroarty praised the additional space and parking the new location would provide, as well as “a central location on the Island. We’re very, very pleased.”