Zoning regulation that caused delay has been resolved

New Kettering Wine & Spirits store resumes construction after complication

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When he first confirmed plans in December 2018, the owner of what will soon be the Dayton area’s newest liquor store, Kettering Wine & Spirits at 1218 E. Stroop Road, had hoped to open the new shop in April.

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Those initial plans were temporarily sabotaged by city of Kettering zoning rules that prohibited stores that sell alcohol for off-site consumption from opening near churches and child-care centers. 

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But on March 26, Kettering City Council approved a change to its zoning code that eliminated those locational requirements. 

“This was acceptable, in part, because the state of Ohio restricts the number of licenses for such establishments in any given area to prevent over-saturation,” Stacy Wall Schweikhart, Kettering’s community information manager, told this news outlet.

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That action paved the way for the build-out to resume at the 8,200-square-foot space adjacent to Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant &  Sports Bar in the Fairmont Plaza Shopping Center.

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G.B. Bhatara, owner of Springboro Wine & Spirits, will own and operate Kettering Wine & Spirits. 

“We’re working on the remodeling,” Bhatara said this week. “We are hoping to open the last week of July.”

***ORIGINAL STORY (Dec. 21, 2018)***

A new, large-scale state agency liquor store and wine and beer shop called Kettering Wine &  Spirits is scheduled to open this spring in the Fairmont Plaza Shopping Center in Kettering.

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The owner of Springboro Wine & Spirits, G.B. Bhatara, will be the owner of Kettering Wine & Spirits, located at 1218 East Stroop Road at Marshall Road, right next door to the Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant &  Sports Bar.

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Renovations are already underway in the 8,200-square-foot space that previously housed Run Around Fun Town.

“We are shooting to open the first or second week of April,” Bhatara told this news outlet this morning.

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Bhatara said he has been operating the  Springboro state agency liquor store for more than 10  years and wanted to expand. 

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control confirmed this afternoon, Dec. 21, that the division has awarded a state liquor store agency at the Stroop Road address.

The new wine and spirits shop will employ nine or 10, Bhatara said. 

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