Keller’s first liquor store gets final stamp of approval to begin construction

Keller City Council on June 16 gave its final stamp of approval for the city’s first liquor store—a Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Keller City Council on June 16 gave its final stamp of approval for the city’s first liquor store—a Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Keller City Council on June 16 gave its final stamp of approval for the city’s first liquor store—a Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Keller City Council on June 16 gave its final stamp of approval for the city’s first liquor store—a Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods.

Council unanimously approved a site plan for the more than 12,000-square-foot building, which will be located on 1.71 acres at 100 Chandler Road, Keller, adjacent to Natural Grocers.

Spec’s offers a large assortment of wine, spirits, beer, cheese and other foods, according to the company’s website.

“Hopefully we can get this thing started and up and running soon,” Keller Mayor Pat McGrail said. “People are tired of going out to Alliance. We need to keep these tax dollars here in Keller.”

Keller residents first approved sales of all types of alcohol within city limits in November. Residents approved a proposition allowing alcohol sales with 70% of the vote.


City of Keller officials have estimated the potential tax benefit from alcohol sales to be more than $200,000 per year.

“We’re talking $200,000-$250,000, as high as $300,000 dollars a year, in tax revenue that can be kept in the city,” McGrail said.

Included in the approved site plan are more than 150 trees that will be used as a live-screening wall to address concerns from residents in the nearby Newton Ranch subdivision.

Developer McClure Partners will construct an 8-foot masonry wall adjacent to the neighborhood before planting live oak, holly and evergreen trees in a 30-foot buffer between the store and masonry wall.

“We met with both HOAs and got their opinion on what they would like,” developer John McClure said. “We will address homeowners and coordinate construction activities. We’re really doing all we can to [meet the needs of] those folks.”

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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