Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors Is Planning a Boston Expansion
“We see the population growth [in Downtown Crossing],” the wine shop’s owner, David Gordon, told Eater Boston. The Waltham-based company has been “passively” looking to expand into Boston for about five years, and the location at 39 Temple Place, which currently houses the Wine Cellar, became available “at the right time … and I love the area. It’s kind of symbolic of Waltham — it’s a complete melting pot. I think it makes more sense than if we were going into Back Bay or the South End. Downtown Crossing feels like home. There’s a lot going on, a diverse set of people.”
The 75-year-old, family-owned Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors has two shops in Waltham, one in Watertown, and one in Newton. Gordon told Eater he expects to leverage his company’s buying power to offer the lowest prices in the city on more than 600 wines, 200 scotches, a vast array of craft beers, and other spirits.
Gordon’s Boston will also carry New England Charcuterie products from chef Joshua Smith, including cured meats, cheeses, snacks, and pre-made Moody’s Delicatessen sandwiches. Eventually, the store’s deli counter will offer sliced meats and made-to-order sandwiches to go, Gordon said.
The downtown store is meant to be “an experience.” There will be an Enomatic wine serving system, featuring a rotating selection of more than 48 samples. Gordon’s Boston will also host an array of events the company’s flagship shop on Main Street in Waltham has become known for, including the Black Beer Affair, the Sommelier Smackdown, and various seminars.
Liquor delivery will also be available for orders of any size, Gordon said. “It’s the nature of an urban business,” he said. Boston locals will be able to come in, try wines for themselves, build a custom case, and have it show up at their home within the hour. Farther flung customers will have delivery options, too, though with a lengthier timeframe.
An employee at the Wine Cellar said its final day in business will be later this week. Gordon’s is slated to begin its takeover of the downtown packie next week, and Gordon optimistically hopes to open by the holidays, but it could be early 2016, he said.
Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors, coming to 39 Temple Place winter 2015/2016; 1-800-696-WINE, gordonswine.com.