ELYRIA — The former Paul’s Beverage Warehouse won’t be closed for long.
Plans call for the Lake Avenue business, which closed Nov. 20, to reopen possibly as early as next week, according to Steve Sedivec, owner of a number of Zip-Thru Beverage stores in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties.
“We’ll be reopening as a Zip-Thru Beverage at that location,” Sedivec said Thursday.
The new store will sell beer, wine and low-proof liquor and operate as a tobacco shop selling cigarettes, cigars and roll-your-own tobacco products, Sedivec said.
“With that store being such a staple in that part of town for 20-odd years, we felt it needed to be a drive through again,” Sedivec said.
Sedivec said he has known longtime former owner Paul Byers for many years, as well as the man who operated the shop for a couple of years after buying it from Byers.
The Lake Avenue store will employ six to 10 people, Sedivec said.
The new business has obtained all of the required permits and licensing from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control, Sedivec said.
“It’s going to the same type of store except without a license for high-proof liquor,” Sedivec said.
The store closed Nov. 20, the same day a contract liquor agency license transferred from Paul’s Beverage to the Giant Eagle supermarket near Midway Mall, according to Department of Liquor Control spokesman Matt Mullins.
That license allows Riser Food Co. to operate a renovated beer, wine and low- and high-proof liquor sales agency that occupies space leased from Giant Eagle inside the supermarket.
Giant Eagle has held permits for carry-out, on-premises and Sunday sales of beer, wine and low-proof liquor since 2000, according to Mullins.
Sedivec initially said he hoped to have the Lake Avenue store open by the beginning of next week, but later said the actual opening might be held up by completion of some last-minute details between the business and the city.
The Lake Avenue Zip-Thru Beverage will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Sedivec owns and operates Zip-Thru Beverage shops in North Ridgeville, Amherst and North Olmsted.