Gallo's Wine Cellar will evolve into a retail liquor store and retire its bar, according to owner Jahred Gallo.
"Basically, the reason I'm doing it is I don't want a bar. i've always wanted to use my store as a retail establishment," he said.
Gallo is applying for a plenary retail distribution liquor license, according to a public notice filed Friday. He is in talks with the former owners of Bruno's Wine, Liquor & Food Market to purchase a license that has been pocketed--or not in use--since the store closed.
Gallo's Wine Cellar, located in the Aberdeen Town Square Shopping Center, currently holds a consumption license for the small bar located in the storefront, Aberdeen Township Clerk Karen Ventura said. The business sells some alcohol, but the consumption license limits the amount that can be sold, according to Gallo.
The retail distribution license will allow Gallo's to sell alcohol from the store and offer greater discounts and variety but not allow consumption on the premises, the owner said. A full application has not been filed yet, but Gallo expects the transition into a liquor store should be complete by Nov. 1.