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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Liquor flying off shelves at all Villages’ Kindred Spirits locations

 Bill Westfall and Al Herman leave the Kindred Spirits location at Southern Trace.
Bill Westfall and Al Herman leave the Kindred Spirits location at Southern Trace.

Liquor has been flying off the shelves at the four Kindred Spirits liquor stores in The Villages.

Liquor has been marked down 20 percent as the liquor stores will be going through a change of ownership. The stores are attempting to liquidate its inventory of liquor.

For Al Herman of the Village of Sanibel, Wednesday was the perfect day to buy beer. Earlier in the day he had gotten his first-ever hole-in-one at the Churchill Greens Executive Golf Course.

Accompanying Herman on Wednesday both at the golf course and on the beer run was Bill Westfall of the Village of Caroline.

Herman bought a case of Yuengling light beer and a gallon of raspberry-flavored Smirnoff.

The liquor stores have been owned by  The Villages of Lake-Sumter Inc. Three will be remodeled and converted to Publix liquor stores. The Spanish Springs location will remain as a Kindred Spirits store.

The first Kindred Spirits opened in November 1997 in La Plaza Grande. At that time it was the only liquor store in the Villages.

The three other stores are at Mulberry Grove, Colony Plaza and Southern Trace, all next to Publix locations.

Over the past several years, The Villages has been privatizing many of the businesses it founded in the early days of the development. Last year, City Furniture took over the Southern Lifestyles furniture stores.



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