The store offers tastings and classes where customers can learn about different subcategories of alcohol such as Tuscan wines. | Courtesy of Total Wine & More
The store offers tastings and classes where customers can learn about different subcategories of alcohol such as Tuscan wines. | Courtesy of Total Wine & More

A beer, wine and spirits superstore is taking over 24,387 square feet in The Paddock Shops, 4055 Summit Plaza Drive.

Maryland-based Total Wine & More will open its first Kentucky store in the Louisville shopping center sometime this fall, according to Edward Cooper, vice president of public affairs and community relations at Total Wine & More. The company has 134 stores in 18 other states, with the closest location being Brentwood, Mo.

“The customer base, the demographics are just terrific. (Louisville has) folks who love great distilled spirits. Also, they love phenomenal wines and craft beers,” Cooper said. “We don’t come at this lightly. We’ve done the research. We know there is great interest for a store like ours from customers there.”

Total Wine currently is focused on building out the store and applying for a state liquor license. The renovations will cost at least $600,000, according to a city building permit. The total cost could run north of that however, Cooper said. The company typically spends $600,000 to $1 million per store.

“You walk in, it’s a big, bright, beautiful, spectacular-looking store,” he said. “People come in an say, ‘Wow.’”

At minimum, the competitively priced store will stock 8,000 wines, 2,500 beers and 3,000 spirits, Cooper said. Naturally, among those will be Kentucky-made alcohols.

“In Kentucky, we certainly want to be supportive not only of the national brands but also be supportive of the local craft distilled spirits,” he said. “People love nothing more than local and fresh.”

Each store employs between 45 and 55 people, three-fourths of which are full-time jobs. To prepare, Total Wine & More employees go through 100 to 150 hours of training.

“We are going to make a considerable investment in our team members,” Cooper said. “These are well-paying jobs. …Our commitment is to offering people a career, offering people a chance to move up in the company.”

Cooper said he wasn’t sure what the starting wage would be for Louisville since it can vary city to city.

Total Wine & More is the latest business to set up shop in The Paddock Shops.

Fast-casual pizza chain Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is opening its third Louisville location in the shopping center in late summer. The restaurant specializes in personal-sized, custom pizza with thin crusts that cost $8 on average.

Millennial Restaurant Group owns the franchise rights for Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. Prominent Louisville businessmen James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton and Collins Cogan are partners in the company.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]