New Stewart’s Spirits Building ‘In the Home Stretch’

Walter Stewart’s Market is preparing to expand Stewart’s Spirits in its future home at 215 Elm Street.

Alex Stewart, John Robinson, and Doug Stewart stand in front of the site of the soon-to-be new Stewart's Spirits.

Alex Stewart, John Robinson, and Doug Stewart stand in front of the site of the soon-to-be new Stewart’s Spirits. Credit: Sarah Maddox

Melissa Engel, the owner of the property, has been working with the Stewarts for years on the project. “We are in the home stretch,” she said. “To have a family owned and operated business as a tenant and a family with such a wonderful reputation in this town…we’re honored.  They have been a delight to work with from the beginning.”

The new Stewart’s Spirits space will be roughly twice as large as the current liquor shop, according to owner Doug Stewart. It will include a full basement, which will make the job easier for Stewart’s Spirits manager John Robinson.

A rendering of plans for Walter Stewart's Market after Stewart's Spirits moves into a dedicated space just across the lot from the iconic Elm Street business. Rendering from Frederick William Hoag Architect

A rendering of plans for Walter Stewart’s Market after Stewart’s Spirits moves into a dedicated space just across the lot from the iconic Elm Street business. Rendering from Frederick William Hoag Architect

The additional space “will allow us to offer even better pricing,” owner Alex Stewart said. It will also allow for expanded selections and improvements that will include a temperature controlled wine case, an expanded beer section and beer cooler, wine cooler space, and regular wine tastings.  The additions “are based on customer feedback and industry trends,” he said.

The Stewarts will use the current Stewart’s Spirits space to expand their produce section. In the short term, there may be a pop up store that will include holiday-themed products.

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