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Arrow Wine & Spirits will head south to open its 3rd store

Arrow Wine & Spirits, a Dayton-based, family-owned business that traces its roots to 1934, is headed south to add its third beer, wine and liquor store.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control has confirmed to this news outlet that Arrow Wine & Spirits has been awarded the contract to open a state-agency liquor store at 6109 Radio Way in Mason. The store will be new construction.

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“We have eyed expansion for several years now with our eyes primarily on the Columbus and Cincinnati markets,” said Arrow co-owner Mif Frank, grandson of one of the three Frank brothers who founded the company 84 years ago. “We decided on the Mason area because of the proximity to our Centerville and Kettering locations, and because the Mason-West Chester area is one of the fastest-growing regions in Ohio.”

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Frank said the new store will be 15,000 to 20,000 square feet.

“Our plans are to make this location big enough to provide the largest selection of wine, beer, and spirits, as well as all of the other products we offer, in Ohio,” he said.

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The goal is to open the store in early 2019. “We will work closely with The Ohio Division of Liquor Control to meet all of their requirements and to make sure that we are ‘Arrow Ready,’ Frank said.

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Each existing Arrow store employs 25 to 30, with additional seasonal help during November and December. Frank said he expects the Mason store to create an equivalent number of new jobs.

The Arrow store on Lyons Road in Washington Twp. FILE

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Arrow was a pioneer in southwest Ohio in hosting drop-in wine tastings, which it launched in 1975. The new Mason store will offer weekly wine and beer tastings as well as special events, Frank said. 

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Arrow got its start in the Arcade in downtown Dayton in 1934, a year after Prohibition was lifted, when three Frank brothers — Malcolm, Irving and Sanford — launched a liquor delivery service that became Arrow Wine & Spirits. The young brothers — Malcolm was the oldest, at 23 — combined their $15 in savings and two cars to set up the delivery service. The Frank brothers called their service Arrow to assure customers they were fast and accurate. They subsequently moved across the street to 39 S. Ludlow St. to set up their own beer and wine shop. 

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 At one time, Arrow operated six stores throughout the region, including on Salem Avenue near Grand Avenue in Dayton, in Page Manor in Riverside, and in Breitenstrater Square in Dayton.

Arrow’s Lyons Road store in Washington Twp. near Centerville was among the first “agency” stores to start selling liquor after state officials did away with “state stores” in the early 1990s. The Arrow store on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering followed soon thereafter.

The new Mason store is part of an effort by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to expand and enhance sales in Ohio, which helps fund economic-development efforts across the state. The state is still considering bids on another proposed location in south Centerville, a spokeswoman for the division of liquor control said. And no final decision has been made regarding a proposed Piqua location, she said.

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