A new 13,000-square-foot state liquor store in Herriman near 11800 South and the Mountain View Corridor will open Friday, helping to meet the growing demand for beer, wine and spirits in the surging southern part of Salt Lake County.
Utah’s 47th state-run store — at 5278 W. Anthem Peak Lane — is in an area of significant growth with several residential and commercial developments planned or underway, said Cade Meier, deputy director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
It took nine months and $3.1 million to build the store.
Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — except on major holidays — the Herriman store is the second retail outlet the DABC has launched this year. In March, it opened a store in Syracuse.
The state’s new liquor stores are designed to be energy-efficient and use eco-friendly technologies to lower operating costs. A common feature is single line cueing at checkout, designed to avoid the long lines that often wind through the product aisles of older stores.
The DABC has hired enough employees to open the store, said spokesman Terry Wood, but is still looking to fill more staff positions.
One thing missing from the new store — and all Utah liquor stores — is a way to refrigerate the beer that is sold. It was one of the top customer complaints in a recent DABC store survey.
The agency also is in the process of building or replacing five liquor stores along the Wasatch Front. It is:
• Buying land in the Saratoga Springs area for a new store.
• Constructing a liquor store in Farmington on state property adjacent to the Utah Driver License Division, north of Lagoon.
• Replacing Salt Lake City’s liquor store on 400 South. The DABC received $10 million for the project, but purchasing land downtown has proved difficult and pricey.
• Replacing the 37-year-old store at 1615 Foothill Dr. in Salt Lake City. It’s part of a larger redevelopment project.
• Replacing the West Valley City store at 3381 S. Redwood Road with a store farther west. The DABC received $7 million from the Utah Legislature to move the store after members of the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness expressed concern that the current outlet was too close to a new 300-bed men’s resource center.