Updated Detroit Liquors opens on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue

Detroit Liquors employee Jason Fackler stocks shelves Friday for the rehabbed store’s reopening. They invested more than $100,000 in stock alone.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Detroit Liquors employee Jason Fackler stocks shelves Friday for the rehabbed store’s reopening. They invested more than $100,000 in stock alone.

Gone are the torn posters, obscured windows and crowded aisles of Detroit Liquors.

The once-cluttered corner store at Central Avenue and Second Street in St. Petersburg has a fresh interior and high-end offerings.

"It was gutted," said Tony Marzano, general manager of the store and other Jannus Landing venues now owned by Knight Global Entertainment. "It was just a nightmare."

New tile floors and wood paneling accented by cream and black walls set off simple shelves of liquor, wine, beer, cold Coke products and Red Bull displays.

You won't find cheap single-serving liquor bottles — or anything smaller than a pint. You will see Remy Martin XO cognac for $234.99, Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch for $174.99 or chilled Dom Perignon for $199.

The basic wine selection from California and Oregon will grow as customers make requests, said Jason Fackler, who works for Knight Global Entertainment and helped open the store at 205 Central Ave.

The facelift puts another notch in redevelopment plans for the Jannus Landing complex by partners Jeff Knight and Bill Edwards, who have already reopened the Pelican Pub. They prefer not to say how much they're spending on the project, which will include a renovated concert courtyard, a sushi bar/nightclub called Pure Sake to replace the Tamiami bar, and a made-over Garden restaurant.

Updated Detroit Liquors opens on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue 01/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 4:31pm]

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