Expects to employ 35-40 persons
BY SUE WEBBER
The largest liquor store in the state is expected to open sometime before Thanksgiving in Maple Grove.
Haskell’s will occupy a 20,000-square-foot space next to Target in The Grove, off Maple Grove Parkway just past 99th Avenue North, near the Maple Grove Hospital.
“We’re very excited to be heading up to Maple Grove,” said Beau Farrell, Haskell’s vice president of E-commerce. “We’ve had our eyes on that area for the last five years. We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity.”
The store will be double the size of any of Haskell’s 12 existing stores, Farrell said. It will include a wine education space where seminars and free wine tastings will be conducted.
“We’re looking to expand our selection, too,” he said. “We’re going to have a pretty amazing beer and liquor selection.”
The store will feature a 60-foot walk-in beer cooler with 35 automatic doors, Farrell said. He cited Maple Grove as “a great area of growth,” and said Haskell’s doesn’t “really have a lot in the northwest metro area.”
With the new store’s proximity to the freeway, Farrell said, “We’re hoping to get a lot of travelers on their way out of town.”
Haskell’s has a long history as a locally-owned, family-operated enterprise. It was founded in 1934 by Fritzi and Benny Haskell. Jack Haskell, the store’s chairman and CEO, bought the store in 1970 from Fritzi.
Beau, John, Brian and Ted, Jack’s four sons, are officers and actively involved in the company. Their uncle, Terry Farrell, is assistant manager of the St. Paul store. A grandson works at one of the stores during the summer, and a granddaughter is a cashier at another of the stores.
Haskell’s in Maple Grove will have 35 to 40 employees, Farrell said. Andy Merten will be the store’s manager. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Other Haskell’s stores are located in Bloomington, Excelsior, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Burnsville, Plymouth, St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Chanhassen, Faribault and Stillwater.