Binny's plans to open Lakewood Plaza location

2012-06-06T19:42:00Z 2012-06-06T19:46:52Z Binny's plans to open Lakewood Plaza locationBy Karina Gonzalez |

BLOOMINGTON — A Chicago-area liquor store chain wants a location in the Twin Cities.

Binny’s Beverage Depot has applied for a liquor license with the city of Bloomington, according to the City Clerk’s office.

If the Skokie-based chain gains approval, it would open at 1407 N. Veterans Parkway, near Outback Steakhouse in Lakewood Plaza, said Mayor Steve Stockton.

The city’s liquor commission is expected to vote on the application at a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. If commissioners approve the license, the full City Council could then vote as early as June 25, said Stockton.

Stockton said the business would fill a vacant storefront at a shopping center that has several vacancies, the biggest being the former K’s Merchandise site.

“The impact on the shopping center would be positive,” said Stockton. “It would bring more people to the shopping center and it could bring additional tax revenue for the city.”

The chain plans to do more than $985,000 in interior renovations on the retail location, which formerly housed Shoe Carnival, according to city records.

Binny’s has 28 locations in Illinois, mostly in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The Bloomington location would be the chain’s second in downstate Illinois. It already operates a location in Champaign.

An attempt to reach a company spokesman for comment was unsuccessful Wednesday.

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(12) Comments

  1. Question Everything
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    Question Everything - June 11, 2012 11:02 am
    And they are doing this without any goverment subsidies/incentives like the ones that they are proposing for the Ashley furniture store!! Wow, what a concept!
  2. CentralIllinois
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    CentralIllinois - June 09, 2012 6:53 am
    I'm not much of a drinker but the Champaign Binny's is a very classy store with a wide variety. Booze is a akin to cigarettes in that availability really isn't tied to usage. If Binny's isn't there, people will buy at another store. It's not as if a new storefront will encourage former teetotalers to imbibe.
  3. hockeyfan10
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    hockeyfan10 - June 07, 2012 9:42 pm
    Yeah what The Capt says! I love Binny's! Great sales, selection, and wine tasting!
  4. wswsr
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    wswsr - June 07, 2012 3:31 pm
    Awesome news! Whenever I'm in Chicago I love using Binny's, great selection and prices. Super wine stock!
  5. DirtyDawg
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    DirtyDawg - June 07, 2012 11:11 am
    Expect a treat! . Yes the wine, liquor and craft beer selections are wider scale than anywhere else. They run specials and their prices should keep these other places in check. The one in champaign is about 3 times the size of friar tuck here..
  6. mrr
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    mrr - June 07, 2012 11:10 am
    Great news - if the Binny's here provides similar variety, expertise, service, and pricing that the Binny's stores in Chicagoland provide this will be a big improvement for the Twin Citiies. It may also help revive the mostly empty Lakewood Plaza shopping center. It has really suffered after Staples and K's Merchandise closed.
  7. Dalmanites
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    Dalmanites - June 07, 2012 9:39 am
    If I remember right, Binny's also stocks a great wine selection. If we get the same selections as Friar Tuck's, it's not an improvement. But if the selection is different, then we're in for a treat. Depends on whether they get their stuff from the same wholesaler that everyone else does in Illinois.
  8. Pastafarian
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    Pastafarian - June 07, 2012 7:49 am
    Awesome news! Whenever I'm in Chicago I love using Binny's, great selection and prices. To those who bemoan another liquor store, don't shop there.
  9. DirtyDawg
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    DirtyDawg - June 07, 2012 7:26 am
    YES. YES. YES!!!! Binnys certainly isnt just another liquor store. Its a liquor paradise.
  10. Dante
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    Dante - June 07, 2012 6:27 am
    Yes, just not enough liquor stores in this town. Stockton never met a liquor license he didn't approve. Of course none are in his neighborhood. When are you people going to vote out these clowns? Better hire another patrol officer.
  11. TheCapt
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    TheCapt - June 06, 2012 9:24 pm
    Once again, faceless nameless Pantagraph commentors pontificate without facts or statistics.

    And I can't wait for Binny's!
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    ONLY IN AMERICA - June 06, 2012 8:30 pm
    Just what Bloomington needs another liquor store...... Link cards will be accepted...!!!!!
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