DENNISPORT, MA – The former Wings property located at 438-444 Route 28 in Dennisport is scheduled to take flight and this time it looks for real.
A.J. Lukes Liquors of Dennisport, with an established liquor store at the nearby Benny’s plaza has put into motion their plan to relocate to the former Wings property. As a key first step, in mid September 2008 Dennis Selectman approved both the change of location request and name change to A.J. Luke’s Super Liquor Store. On October 24, 2008 the company took the next major step and acquired this Cape Cod commercial real estate for $719,000 according to Registry of Deeds filings.
The new location offers 8,300 square feet of building area for the annual all alcohol package store. The building was previously occupied by Wings, a speciality retailer and a Dunkin Donuts. In recent years the property had been vacant and began to reflect the lack of regular maintenance. Following the recent acquistion of this commercial property located directly across from the Dennis Town Hall Annex, the liquor store owners plan to complete the much needed interior and exterior renovations. Reportedly, if all goes according to plan, the actual store relocation is likely to occur in about one year from now.
The Wings property was listed for sale for over three years originally at $1.2 million with reports of firm deals being struck but never making it to the closing table for one reason or another. Following a series of price reductions, the one-story retail property was most recently listed at $895,000 according to veteran Cape Cod broker Bob Winn with Century 21-Professional Realty LLC in Harwichport, MA.
Regarding the recent sale, Bob Winn commented, “I presented the property to an extremely wide range of prospective users, each with an equally wide range of contemplated uses. I have no doubt A.J. Luke Liquor’s intended plans are among the best I have seen. It’s an excellent use for this property.” Mr. Winn is also impressed by the buyer’s investment and positive outlook for the Cape Cod economy. “I am 100% certain A.J. Luke Liquors will complete a top quality renovation and provide a great enhancement to the the Village of Dennisport. They are a top notch organization,” he said.
In addition to stores in Harwich and Hyannis, A.J. Luke Liquors has operated the Dennisport store since 2003. It appears the new store location will mesh well with this local family-owned company’s goals and commitment to the Dennisport business community.
“The new A.J. Luke’s Super Liquor Store location provides more visibility along Route 28. This key investment will also enable us to better serve our customers by providing more convenience and a larger selection of merchandise,” said Mr. Luke, President of A.J. Lukes of Dennis, Inc. “Along with storefront and curb cut revisions, we also plan to extensively remodel the inside which will include a large fine wine room. Overall, it is an exciting project for us and the Dennisport community, and we are looking forward to bringing new life to this highly visible property.”