Colorado: Argonaut Liquor doubling in size

Colorado: Argonaut Liquor doubling in size

By John Rebchook, Rocky Mountain News
Originally published 03:45 p.m., January 7, 2008
Updated 03:45 p.m., January 7, 2008

Argonaut Wine & Liquor, a mainstay in Capitol Hill for generations, is undergoing an $8 million renovation that will almost double its size, officials told the Rocky Mountain News today.

Construction starts on Tuesday on the project, which is scheduled to take 10 months and will increase the size of the new building to 40,000 square feet from 22,000 square feet. The current store will remain open, while the new one is under construction.

The last time it underwent a major redevelopment was in 1973, when brothers Hank and Jack Robinson built what was then a state-of-the-art building at 700 E. Colfax Avenue.

The new building, by brothers Scott and Jeff Robinson, will be east of the current store.

Although not the biggest liquor store in the metro area, it does more volume per square foot than any other store in the area, they said.

"This new building will be much larger, more efficient, greener, and a much better shopping experience for our customers," Ron Vaughn, Hank Robinson's son-in-law and one of the owner's of the store, said in a statement.

The new building will have many new features, including a temperature controlled fine wine room, a tasting area, better lighting throughout the store, two times more cooler space, and 60 percent more display area.

"The customer is going to love the new experience," Vaughn said. The project is being designed and built by Buchanan Yonushewski Group LLC.

"This is a project we have been working on for two years now and we are excited to see the construction phase begin," principal Brad Buchanan said. "With the new Main Street Zoning, the Colfax area is starting to be redeveloped and this property will be the foundation to really catapult the Street forward. This building will become a fixture for Capital Hill, much like the old store did 30 some years ago."

The project is being overseen by Hampton Development Co., whose principals include Jeff and Scott Robinson.

It was crucial to the Robinson's that the new store minimize the impact on the environment and be as "green" as possible. "We brought on Brian Levitt as a partner to really make this project stand out," Jeff Robinson said.

"Brian is one of the foremost leaders in green building in the country, and he is creating one of the greenest liquor stores in the world."

Previously, Levitt was the project director for the Northfield open-air retail center at Stapleton, one of the most energy efficient centers of its kind in the country.

Then new Argonaut's green features will include solar power, locally sourced and recycled-content structure, high efficiency HVAC units, lighting, and water fixtures, high-performance glazing, insulation and building materials, construction recycling during and after construction, and many others.

"Given the high energy demands of a modern liquor store, we felt it was imperative to implement a number of high-tech and low-tech sustainable construction solutions to reduce Argonaut's ecological footprint during construction and after," Levitt said.

"This will certainly be the greenest liquor store that I am aware of," Levitt said.


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