Multiple sources have told Insider Louisville that Total Wine & More is planning to open a location on Shelbyville Road, which would be its second in Louisville.
The wine, spirits and beer store will open inside the former Staples in the Best Buy shopping center, located across the street from Mall St. Matthews, a tenant within the shopping center told Insider. A second source told Insider that Total Wine & More is moving into the shopping center, while a third confirmed to Insider that it plans to open in the Staples.
The big-box office supplies and printing retailer closed that location in mid-February because it faced a rising rental rate, Business First reported.
A representative with Total Wine & More did not return multiple requests for comment. The company has not filed any plans with the city to renovate the space nor has it filed notice that it plans to apply for a liquor license at the Shelbyville Road site.
Rumors have been swirling for months that Total Wine & More was planning to open along Shelbyville Road, a popular commercial corridor along Interstate 265.
Total Wine & More, which is based out of Maryland, opened its first Kentucky store at The Paddock Shops in eastern Louisville in fall 2016. The inaugural location is 24,387 square feet and stocks more than 8,000 wines, 2,500 beers and 3,000 spirits.
“The customer base, the demographics are just terrific. (Louisville has) folks who love great distilled spirits. Also, they love phenomenal wines and craft beers,” Edward Cooper, the company’s vice president of public affairs and community relations, said back in 2016. “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.”
Its second Kentucky store is located in the Lexington Green shopping center.