*** UPDATE (April 15, 2019)***
Ollie’s Place has set a final closing date for both the retail side that sells packaged beer, wine and beer-making supplies and the restaurant side and beer and whiskey bar.
Both sides will shut down Thursday, April 18, according to a post on the Ollie’s Place Facebook page. A 50-percent-off discount is in effect on both sides of the business until closing day.
The retail side of the business will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day through Thursday. The kitchen will be closed Wednesday, and potential restaurant customers were advised to call in advance to verify hours on other days. The phone number for Ollie’s Place is (937) 723-8998.
***PREVIOUS UPDATE (April 11, 2019)***
There is now a 50-percent discount on remaining stock of beer and wine in bottles and cans on the retail-store side of Ollie’s Place in Washington Twp.
Here’s what the Ollie’s staff earlier this week said on the business Facebook page:
To clarify any confusion, we will be closing by the end of April. We still have a good chunk of great beer on our retail shelves. We will finally be matching the bar side, and do 50% off all retail beer, wine, cider, mead, homebrew, and merchandise. If you have your own bags or boxes ( or our red baskets if you took them) we would welcome you to use them. Our hours this week will be Monday: 4-10pm Tuesday: 4-10pm Wednesday: 4-10pm Thursday: 4-10pm Friday 11-10pm Saturday: 11-10pm Sunday: tbd (we have a scheduling conflict.) Cheers everyone, and thank you for your support.
The retail store’s initial discount was 30 percent. Some shelves were bare, and business was brisk, but there was still a fair amount of craft beer and a handful of wines on the shelf as of Wednesday afternoon, April 10.
*** UPDATE (March 26, 2019) ***
Ollie’s Place Craft Beer and Whiskey will shut down both sides of its business — the restaurant and pub as well as the retail store — in the coming weeks, founder and owner Mike Schwartz said this afternoon, March 26.
It had been previously announced that only the retail beer-and-wine shop would be closing, and a 30 percent-off sale continues on the retail sales side as inventory is sold through. Starting this Friday, March 29, prices of beer, food and liquor on the restaurant and bar side will be discounted 50 percent, Schwartz said.
The Ollie’s founder said he expects the restaurant and bar to shut it doors for good “the second or third week of April.”
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Poor sales were the primary factor behind the decision to close the restaurant and bar side too, Schwartz said. His other business, Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, remains open and operating business as usual, he said.
*** ORIGINAL STORY (March 23, 2019)***
Sluggish sales and stiff competition will force the retail beer-and-wine carryout side of Ollie’s Place in Washington Twp. to shut its doors for good in the coming weeks, while the restaurant and pub will remain open and operating business as usual, according to Ollie’s founder Michael Schwartz.
“We weren’t moving enough product to pay the bills,” Schwartz said of the carryout portion of the business. “We had to make a difficult decision.”
The retail carryout portion of Ollie’s stocks one of the largest selections of bottled and canned craft beer in the region, along with wine, cider, mead and home-brewing supplies. It opened in June 2015 at 518 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725).
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“Since I started to put this thing together seven years ago, a lot of things have changed,” Schwartz told this news outlet in a phone interview Friday night. “I never would have believed we’d have so many breweries selling beer.” Additional competition has come from grocery stores, including Kroger, and gas stations adding craft-beer tap systems and extensive selections of bottled and canned craft beers, the Ollie’s Place owner said.
“The competition has really increased, and as far as craft beer is concerned, the supply has pretty much outstripped demand at this point,” Schwartz said.
The closing of the retail carryout side of Ollie’s Place will have no impact on Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, which Schwartz bought in 1984 and which has evolved into a Mecca of sorts for craft-beer enthusiasts while under Schwartz’s ownership.
The Ollie’s Place Craft Beer & Whiskey restaurant-bar side of the business will remain open, and will continue to “deliver good food and good service along with the best selection of beer in Montgomery County,” Schwartz said.
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The retail side that is closing is offering a 30 percent discount on all of its stock, according to a post on the Ollie’s Place Facebook page.