Syracuse liquor store rendering

This architectural rendering shows what the new liquor store in Syracuse will look like once completed. It is slated to open in early March. 

SYRACUSE — The new state liquor store in Syracuse is now slated to open around March 1, months later than originally planned.

Terry Wood, spokesman for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said weather and construction problems caused the delay. The original plan was for the store to open just before Christmas.

“Things have just gotten in the way,” Wood said.

The total budget for the project including both the land and the building is $5.4 million, Wood said. Architectural Nexus is the architectural firm that designed the building and Wadman Corporation is the company constructing it.

Wood said if there aren’t any further delays, the plan is for the Syracuse store to open around March 1.

In January, the DABC announced their plan to build or expand five liquor stores across the state.

A liquor store is under construction in Herriman, as well as in Syracuse. The store at Foothill Boulevard in Salt Lake City will be expanded and Wood said they are still looking for land to build new stores in north Davis County and the Saratoga Springs area.

Utah law requires liquors stores be at least 600 feet measured by ordinary pedestrian travel from churches, schools, parks, playgrounds and libraries.

“It’s not always easy finding a piece of land,” Wood said.

The new store in Syracuse is located near the intersection of W. 1700 South and S. 1000 West. Wood said the 13,600-square-foot building is architecturally unique compared to most state liquor stores. For example, the building’s external signage will look different than the red lettering seen on most liquor stores. It will also have a “wine cave” inside.

“It will look really nice,” Wood said. “It’s just a step forward in customer service and architecture for the DABC.”

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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