Liquor store on tap for Whitney Beach Plaza


Liquor store on tap for Whitney Beach Plaza


Date: February 11, 2014
by: Robin Hartill | News Editor




The co-owner of Whitney Beach Plaza hopes to open a liquor store in the shopping center within the next 60 to 90 days.

Bradenton real estate and banking attorney Ryan Snyder, who co-owns the north-end Whitney Beach Plaza with Rich Juliani, principal of Boston-based JKI Investment Capital LLC, said he plans to open a liquor store in the building where Longboat Key Liquors originally operated next to Tiny’s of Longboat.

Contractors began renovating the interior of the space last week after the town issued building permits. Now, a sign in the building windows advertises that LBK Liquors is coming soon. Attorneys are in the process of activating the liquor license for the property that’s been in escrow since 2010. Manatee County Realtor Glen Schloneger will operate the liquor store that Snyder is temporarily calling LBK Liquors — although he is open to suggestions.

“It should be good for the plaza and hopefully good for Longboat,” Snyder said, noting that the closest liquor stores to the north end are Publix Liquors, located mid-Key, and Hurricane Liquors on Holmes Beach.

“There’s about a 10-mile void there without any liquor store.”

For more information, pick up a Feb. 13 copy of the Longboat Observer.

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Currently 3 Responses

  • 1.
  • If their prices are competitive, then they should succeed. Those of us on the north end would be grateful for places we could walk or ride our bikes to to get milk, bread, etc. also and would be more than happy to give them our business.
  • Carol Kagi
    Wed 12th Feb 2014
    at 9:43am
  • 2.
  • How about Boat Ramp Bottlers, or Village Firewater Factory. Then again, perhaps Shifting Sands Spirits has a certain ring to it as well. Whatever they name it, the local neighborhood probably won't support it, so Coming Soon Liquor quickly becomes Going Out of Business Booze.
  • john wild
    Tue 11th Feb 2014
    at 5:00pm
  • 3.
  • Great idea and I wish them luck. But if that location failed and an even larger one behind the former grocery store filed, what makes them think that they will succeed? Again, I wish them luck but that might not be enough.
  • Milan Adrian
    Tue 11th Feb 2014
    at 4:56pm
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