Liquor store with ‘upscale feel’ is planned for Victory Road

A new up-scale liquor store could soon be on its way to Clam Point. A father and son team, Jack and John McIntyre, say they plan to open a 5,000-square foot package store in the former Victory Road home of a Blockbuster video later this year.

The pair discussed their proposal with community members at Monday evening’s Clam Point Civic Association meeting. Accompanied by their attorney, Bob Allen, the pair answered questions about what kind of store they were expecting to run. The elder McIntyre said that his store would have a “feel of the upscale” without “the bar on the windows look” of other, less reputable stores.

The McIntyres operate two other stores, one in Franklin and the other in North Attleborough. They described their selection as “microbrews” and spirits, and said they will cater to the “expanding wine selection” that the 5,000 square feet will accommodate. According to Allen, Jack McIntyre will serve as manager of the store with his son John as assistant manager. The duo said they hope to host weekly wine and microbrew tastings at their shop.

Allen said that Jack McIntyre has over 20 years of experience operating package stores and a perfect record of zero violent incidents on his properties. McIntyre also operated a store in Brookline for two years, where Allen practices law. Allen called the father and son “good corporate citizens,” and said that they were very involved with local civic groups there. A license hearing is set for April 21.

Several residents and business owners expressed concern about the kind of customers the store would attract. More than one questioner asked if nips of cheap alcohol would be sold, a practice they said that sometimes encouraging loitering.

The McIntyres said that though nips would be a part of their inventory, they would carry the same higher-quality selection of their larger volume spirits and that they do not anticipate problems.

Another worrisome matter for locals was lottery sales. Allen said that there would be a separate area set aside from scratch tickets so players would not interrupt other patrons. The store will not install a Keno machine, McIntyre pledged.

Routine topics discussed at the meeting included the Clam Point Block Party scheduled for May 1. Civic association president Michael Cote said that “volunteering doesn’t have to be day-of and doesn’t have to be food,” adding that interested participants could help get the word out by putting up fliers or working with other outreach material.