Classic Liquors to move into former auto dealership
A new liquor store is in the works along Danbury Road (Route 7 South) in New Milford.
Extensive renovation work is under way at the old Park Cadillac building at 149 Danbury Road.
The couple plans to call the store Classic Liquors.
Chip Delaney said last week he was in "the middle of a closing" on the lease with property owners Mary and Robert Osborne.
Mr. Osborne deferred comments on the property to Mr. Delaney.
"We will be focusing on the entire spectrum of wines and beers from reasonably priced to rare offerings," said Brian Delaney, a son who will be overseeing the store. "We will also carry a wide selection of spirits."
"It will very much be a family operation," he said.
"My mom is the liquor permittee. I will be on site regularly. Our manager will be Roy Hannon, a Litchfield resident, with a long career in wines and spirits."
Ken Boroson Architects from New Haven are designing the interior for the package store. The Boroson firm specializes in "turning old buildings into new places," according to their website.
Its largest client is Yale University.
"Ken is a family friend who became extremely excited about working on this building," Mr. Delaney said.
The Delaneys hope to open by mid-fall. Plans are still being developed for on-site offerings beyond retail sales.
"We want the space to be a community education center on wines, spirits and beers," Mr. Delaney said.
"We're focusing on the history of New Milford to project our belief in supporting local economies and local people."
To that end, Classic Liquors will feature wines from the Connecticut Wine Trail, he said.
"While we are tenants, we plan to have a long-term, permanent presence in New Milford," Mr. Delaney said. "We've recently joined the New Milford Historical Society to glean information on New Milford's heritage."
Vin Nolan, the town's economic development supervisor, lauded the Delaneys for their "commitment to renovating the building. It's sat vacant for some time."
"Their vision for the site is very positive. We like the whole idea of making it an attractive destination in the town," Mr. Nolan said. "We're pleased by their interest in the community."
Park Cadillac closed at the Route 7 site in December 2008.
The 78-year-old family business fell victim to economic pressures and failing auto industry that made it nearly impossible for small dealerships to survive the recession, Mr. Osborne had said at the time.