BELLEVUE, Ky. - The Party Source is set to begin the first phase of a multi-million dollar construction project that will increase the store's size by 30,000 square feet.
While the current store is located in Bellevue, all of the new development will actually sit on the Newport side of the city boundary that borders the store.
The expansion work will clear the way for development of a micro-distillery on the same property.
Party Source President Ken Lewis says the expansion will make the store one of the largest off-premise beverage alcohol retail stores in the country.
"The additional space will provide much needed room for dramatically expanding both artisanal distilled spirits selection, particularly bourbon and rye, as well as craft beer. The expanded store will house a nano-brewery and craft beer bar with 40 taps, as well as a 'library bar' of 400+ bourbons and ryes to educate the public," he says.
The first phase of the project includes removal of the earthen levee on the west side of the store parking lot.
It's expected to be completed by April with construction beginning in spring 2012.
The distillery is expected to be a tourist attraction, featuring on-site tours and educational programs. Current plans include a community space for meetings and private gatherings, including an indoor/outdoor multi-purpose roof garden that can accommodate 150 guests.