Garner Cleveland Record

Garner council approves permit for craft beer store and bar

A craft beer store and tasting bar could soon be making its way to Garner.

On Monday night, the town council unanimously approved the special use zoning permit along with four conditions set forth by the town staff for the store and bar to operate.

▪  The business must submit documentation of an approved ABC License to the Planning Department.

▪  The proposed exterior changes to create the outdoor patio shall be submitted for review, approval and be constructed.

▪  Seating for customers shall not exceed 38, unless a modification to the approved plan is requested and approved.

▪  The hours of operation shall not exceed those outlined in the business description, unless a modification to the approved plan is requested and approved.

If the establishment were just a retail store, the owners would be required to submit a zoning compliance permit and would be reviewed at the staff level. But because the tasting bar is also part of its business operation, a special use permit was required.

The Planning Commission voted 3-1 last month to approve the special use zoning permit to operate The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop and to allow it to move forward to the town council for final approval.

There wasn’t much discussion about the shop with the exception of Mayor Pro-tem Ken Marshburn, who had a few questions for the shop owners. He said he had a concern about customers leaving the establishment intoxicated and getting behind the wheel of a car. He asked under what conditions the owners would stop serving alcohol to someone.

“Any signs of heavy intoxication,” co-owner Antares Nicklow answered. “Our intent is to have a four-drink maximum on any large size beers. We’re also going to sell tasters which are four ounce flats. Totaling 16 ounces on one flat, which we are going to count as one drink.”

One of a kind

The business will be unique to Garner. It is the first of its kind. The nearest craft beer stores are iin Raleigh and the Cleveland area. The concept of the tasting bar and craft beer store is like the name says. Customer get to taste different types of locally and nationally brewed craft beers. Those same beers will also be sold in the store.

The property is on 1350 Fifth Ave., Suite 170 in the Fifth Avenue Shopping Center. It is the first space of the building closest to Vandora Springs Road. The business will cover about 2,400 square feet. About 80 percent of the business will be dedicated to retail and 20 percent to the bar. The store and bar will have 38 seats, which includes outdoor seating. A patio will be constructed outside the business, as well as a sidewalk connection.

On Thursday morning, the business announced on Twitter that they had signed their lease for the space.

Property manager Dave Elmore has been trying for years to fill up Fifth Avenue shopping center after it struggled during the economic recession and it seems to be coming together. In January, a chiropractor’s office opened up on the other side of the shopping center, and Elmore said he is currently in talks with other businesses as well.

He said two-thirds of the building will be filled up when The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop is built. There’s a total of 26,800 square feet in the four building complex.

“When this business opens, we will have about 9,600 square feet left,” Elmore said. “We think this is a good use for our property as well as a good mix for the retail businesses in the town of Garner.”

Planning commission members, hoping that the shop would get filled up, were pleased with the news.

“We were happy to see that they were trying to get another business into that area,” planning board chairwoman Barbara Barat said.

The hours of operation of the store and bar will be between 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Nicklow, a Garner native, said last month that he and co-owner Shannon Cummings hope to get the store and bar built by the summer.

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