The Wine Bunker, a new, discount wine store in Reading, may open sometime in August. Though initially declined, the owner Peter Donovan of Arlington, was able to fight the denial and get the Reading Selectman, in a 3-2 vote, to approve the store.
The new store will be located at 128 Marketplace Shopping Center, One General Way, near the Market Basket. Mr. Donovan already operates a wine store in Woburn, Corporate Wines, with which I am familar. For the new store, the license prohibits the sale of nips, lottery tickets, tobacco and wine coolers. The proposed times of operation will be 10am-8pm on Mondays through Saturdays.
I don't know whether the Wine Bunker will be similar to Corporate Wines or not, though I suspect they will be fairly similar. If it is similar, then I don't expect it will have a very significant impact on other local wine stores. Though Corporate Wines had started off strong, including with some interesting wine tastings, it seemed to have stagnated for a time, and stopped holding tastings. I was not impressed with my most recent visits.
I will be sure to check out the Wine Bunker when it does open, and will try to speak with Mr. Donovan prior to that time to see if I can gather some more information about plans for the new store.