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January 20, 2014
NEW DRIVE-THRU BEER STORE ON TRACK FOR OPENING LATE SUMMER 2014
WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW
Codi Wilson

After a few small hiccups, the new drive-through Beer Store in Woodstock is back on track and is gearing up for a summer 2014 opening.

"We are retail real estate developers and our timelines are long. This has taken a year and a half but that is pretty typical," said Lee Greenwood, a partner at Canadian Commercial Developments who is overseeing the project.

"The latest (delay) was that The Beer Store sort of changed the prototypical look of their building so we had to sort of put things on hold for a couple of months to wait for new drawings from them."

Now, with site plan approval and an application in for a building permit with the City of Woodstock's building department, Greenwood said construction is anticipated to begin March 1.

"The shell of the building will take three or four months and then the interior will need to be completed so hopefully by late summer there is an open, operating brand spankin' new Beer Store," he said.

There are only a few drive-through Beer Store locations across the province and Greenwood said that in the future, the company plans to incorporate the drive-through feature in more and more stores.

"There is one here in London that I frequent and it is actually really nice and simple and convenient," he said.

"You can't bring back empties through it, you can't pick up large quantities but for the quick trip when it is snowing out or in inclement weather, it is pretty good."

In 2012 when council approved the zone change application for the site, which is located at the northwest corner of Dundas and Clarke St., the city's planning department did not support the application.

The concerns stemmed from the number of variances required to make this new Beer Store location possible and issues with traffic flow in the area.

Although the applicant altered the original plan, the planning department was still not wholly satisfied.

At the time, Greenwood told council that his company's data indicated that traffic would not be a problem.

As far as the London store is concerned, Greenwood said in his experience, there is not generally a high volume of traffic at the drive-through.

"It is not like a Tim Hortons or something like that," he said.

"I wouldn't ever see more than a few cars in the drive-through… It is just another option."






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