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First look inside South Austin's new booze mega-store

First look at South Austin's new booze mega-store

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Total Wine & More opens Thursday, May 21. Photo by Nicole Raney
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You'll discover a wide range of beverages, from high-end finds to value wines. Photo by Nicole Raney
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The store encompasses a massive beer selection with an emphasis on local brews. Photo by Nicole Raney
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The storefront is tlocated in the Sunset Valley Village shopping center. Photo by Nicole Raney
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Sunset Valley is getting a new booze haven. Total Wine & More, "America's largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer," will officially open to the public on Thursday, May 21.

The South Austin spot is the chain's first store in Austin and its ninth location in Texas. The new storefront is taking over the former Sprouts Farmers Market location in the Sunset Valley Village shopping center.

At 28,600 square feet, Total Wine & More will house approximately 8,000 varieties of wine, 3,000 different spirits, and 2,500 kinds of beer. "Providing the best selection and prices — while creating a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for the customer — is our number-one priority," said co-owner David Trone in a press release. "Our interior design features are customer-centric in every way."

The Austin store will include a humidor, two tasting bars, and an education center for beverage classes. Multiple iPads will be available around the store to help patrons find the perfect wine to pair with a meal (you can download that same app for your own device). 

Total Wine & More is owned by brothers David and Robert Trone, who began expanding the chain on the East Coast in the early 1990s. The beverage giant rivals other big-name Texas-based chains like Spec's and Twin Liquors, but positions itself as a destination shopping experience.

Its Austin invasion is just starting: A second storefront is in the works near Lakeline Mall. It is slated to open later this year.

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