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.