Times are good for tipplers in far north Fort Worth, who will soon get their own branch of Total Wine & More. The liquor retailer is opening a location at 3101 Texas Sage Trail — poetically, in a former Hobby Lobby store, so they'll still be closed on Sundays.
According to a company representative, the store is scheduled to open in mid-November, just in time for the holidays.
Founded in 1991, Total Wine & More is based in Bethesda, Maryland and is the nation's largest independently owned retailer of fine wine, beer, and spirits, with more than 150 superstores in 20 states.
The store will be the third in Tarrant County; the first opened in the Hulen Fashion Center in 2012, and the second opened in Arlington in 2014.
In November 2016, voters in several Tarrant County cities — including far north Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, and Watauga — approved the sale of packaged hard liquor. The measure was placed on the ballot thanks to a Total Wine political action committee.
Several liquor stores have opened in far north Fort Worth since the beginning of the year. Previously, residents who wanted to buy a bottle of liquor were consigned to drive to Colleyville or northwest Fort Worth.
Total Wine & More VP Edward Cooper told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that "we have a number of customers in the metroplex, and we listened to our customers ... and our customers said they wanted to have a store close to them."
Total Wine stores generally offer more than 8,000 wines from every wine-producing region in the world, more than 3,000 spirits, more than 2,500 beers, and a walk-in humidor featuring more than 300 fine cigars.
There's also a wine-tasting bar where customers can sample and learn about producers, regions, and varietals. A wine education center classroom offers consumer classes and special tasting events like "Meet the Maker" series and virtual tastings with producers from around the world. Employees participate in more than 100 hours of specialized instruction and training on various wine regions, production methods, varietals, brew styles, and tasting profiles.