SYRACUSE — Residents of Davis County now have more options when shopping for liquor, beer or wine.
Monday marked the first day a new liquor store in Syracuse, located at 865 West Antelope Drive. Officials with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control were on hand to take in the sights of the new building.
“We are excited for a better customer experience,” said Cade Meier, deputy director of the DABC, about the unique Syracuse store.
Now the newest liquor store in the state, the Syracuse location is over 13,000 square feet and boasts a temperature-controlled wine room. The building is equipped with high-efficiency heating and plumbing, along with skylights to reduce the amount of lighting needed for the store.
Included in the building’s design is a large pillar used for the store’s signage. Architects placed the wall in such a way that it blocks direct light from sunsets, preventing customers and merchandise from the bright light.
Though it’s a liquor store, the building features art from local Utah artist and Brigham Young University graduate Day Christensen. As with all state building projects, one percent of the construction costs is dedicated to art. An art piece made up of metal in the shape of birds is easily seen in the building’s south wall, located just above the vodka and gin selections, among others.
When patrons enter they are quickly greeted by a “Utah’s Own” display, prominently featuring locally made liquor and beer.
Jack Wilbur, public information officer for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, said the Syracuse display is the second of its kind, the other being in a newly-opened liquor store in West Valley City.
Wilbur praised the display, saying his department is always happy to have local businesses come first.
Sal Petilos, director of the DABC, said his department chose Syracuse as a site for a potential store due to the high demand and the city’s proximity from the next nearest stores — Layton and Roy. The store’s opening is the culmination of months of planning and strategy, with plans for the store beginning in 2017.
“We listened to our customers to see what they want,” Petilos said. “Customers want a good environment for their shopping experience.”
He said nearby liquor stores have seen a “stellar demand” in recent years, so much so that the DABC is looking for another plot of land in northern Davis County to develop into another store. Based on state studies, Petilos said Utah is not keeping up with demand in comparison to the state’s population growth.
Even so, the Syracuse location is not the only new liquor store in the state being developed.
A liquor store is under construction in Herriman, Petilos said. The current store at Foothill Boulevard in Salt Lake City will be expanded, and Saratoga Springs is a potential candidate for a brand new store as well, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.
Meier said the city of Syracuse was great to work with during the process of finding land and building the store. He said that’s not always the case, and officials at other cities in the past have been hesitant to build liquor stores in their towns.
The Syracuse store, however, is a different type of store that is a serious departure from the typical gray building with red lettering consumers typically find across Utah.
“We’re trying to get away from the cinder block buildings and have a better experience for customers,” said Terry Wood, public information officer for the DABC.
The total budget for the project including both the land and the building is $5.4 million, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting. Architectural Nexus is the architectural firm that designed the building and Wadman Corporation, an Ogden-based company, constructed the building.