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UPDATE: Coaltrain Wine & Spirits expands, gets prettier

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Update: The expansion continues, with awnings and lights helping soften the outside. The sales floor already feels cavernous compared to the tightly packed area from before. Here's a shot from last weekend of the interior:
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  • Bryce Crawford

——— Original post: Dec. 22, 2014, 4:14 p.m. ———

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  • Bryce Crawford

Despite starting as two-space location in a four-space strip mall in 1981, Coaltrain Wine & Spirits, located next to Interstate 25 on West Uintah Street, is in the midst of a renovation that will almost double its square-footage to 8,600 square feet of retail, cellar and dining space. 

"Long overdue," says general manager Austin Sherwood. "I've been here 11 years and they've been talking about it at least that long. So we decided to dive right in and do it. It's just going to be a bigger store."

Sherwood says to tentatively expect by March: a basement for storage; a bigger sales floor with more coolers; and a walk-in wine cellar for high-end wines. Later in the year, shoppers will find a tasting room with a kitchen and separate entrance, where dinners, like the ones currently jointly hosted with Old Colorado City restaurants, will take place at the store itself.

"The expansion is mostly for the liquor and the beer departments," says Sherwood. "We want to be able to focus and expand our craft spirits, especially of Colorado stuff because there's so many distilleries popping up in our state.

"But the wine department will get a little bit bigger. There will be a separate beer cave for all the single beers, kind of like the wine cellar, you can walk in and shop everything and it will be cold on the shelf. Haven't had enough space to chill much down, so it will be helpful."

Unfortunately, the green facade is gone and replaced with a more generic storefront, depressing this particular drinker, but Sherwood assures customers that the black awnings will return.

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