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Originally published: 2013-09-27 09:34:24
Last modified: 2013-09-27 09:34:24

Boone ABC Store preps for expansion

The Boone ABC Board met Thursday to review plans for the liquor store's upcoming renovation and expansion, with hopes of soliciting bids starting next week and starting construction in November.

Architect Randy Jones presented updated drawings for the building's layout, landscaping, lighting, electrical and furniture systems. In addition to describing changes that had been made, he solicited feedback from board members and updated them on town approvals.

The expansion will add 1,089 square feet to the rear of the building, will expand the sales area and will provide new office space and a customer bathroom. It also will require the installation of a fire alarm system and updates to outdoor LED lighting and will adjust the back driveway entrance.

Jones said the "green" features of the building will include LED lighting, pervious concrete pavers, high-efficiency air conditioning and heat systems, motion-sensing lights in the office, warehouse and bathrooms, improved insulation, low-flow toilets and possibly rain barrels.

Jones said he would begin advertising and soliciting bids for the project Tuesday, with a deadline of Oct. 22. The ABC Board will meet the following day with hopes of approving a bid and starting construction in November.

The project should take about five to six months, depending on weather, and the store will remain open during construction. Jones noted that although construction will be underway during the holidays, it should miss the store's traditionally busier fall season.

"We're going to be doing this in kind of your slower time," Jones said.

ABC Board Chairman Ronny Holste said he expects the project to cost between $450,000 and $550,000, although they hope to come in lower. The project is funded by the store's revenues.

The board also reviewed its fiscal year 2012-13 audit and its revenues for the first two months of the new fiscal year.

During last fiscal year, the ABC store dispersed $450,000 to the town of Boone, provided $61,500 toward alcohol education and another $25,000 to law enforcement. The store does not keep any revenue aside from its salaries and expenses, general manager Ronnie Hayes said.

The Boone store also beat its previous record revenues for the month of August this year, bringing in 8.6 percent more revenue in August 2013 than August 2012.