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Published on Dec 23, 2013
Among its cadre of businesses, Maple Grove is now home to the largest liquor store in the state.
On December 20, Haskell's opened its 13th store in the metro, a 20,000-square-foot store in The Grove, next to Target and near the Maple Grove Hospital.
"I think you would have to go to Chicago to find a footprint bigger than this 20,000-square-foot store," said John Farrell, Jr., chairman of Haskell's.
The Maple Grove location, which will employ between 30 - 40 people, features a wine wall with room for more than 15,000 bottles of wine, a walk-through beer cooler, and space for wine tastings and classes.
"This is a totally new formula for us, definitely a lot more square footage, than all of our normal stores," said Ted Farrell, president of Haskell's.
The expanding market of craft beers and spirits helped drive the decision to go with a bigger store, Farrell said. It's more than double the space of Haskell's other locations.
"You're just seeing the whole liquor industry expand, and so your store has to expand to kind of keep up with that because there's so many offerings," said Farrell.
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