Springettsbury beer- and wine-making supply store expands to new location
Vincent Zanghi figured Bailey's Homebrew and Wine Supplies would grow when it opened last year, "but not this rapidly," he said.
Since opening in January 2014 on Industrial Highway in Springettsbury Township, the store has already outgrown its original location, moving a couple miles up the road on Sept. 16 to 3605 E. Market St., to a building Zanghi, the store manager, said is about three times larger.
Zanghi said the move was made to add more customer parking, more product variety and more classroom space.
The location has been working out well so far, he said, as he's seen more random drop-ins thanks to increased visibility and more convenient entrance and exit points.
Zanghi attributes the rapid growth to an emphasis on customer service.
"It's not about the dollars and cents for us," he said, adding that the growth of general interest in home brewing has certainly helped. "We take the time explaining everything to our customers, and I have no problem telling a customer not to buy something if it's not right for them."
The larger location has also allowed the store to expand past just homebrew and wine supplies, he said, with additions of locally made goods including cheeses, pickles and olive oil.
The store will also add a chocolatiering section, Zenghi said, which will accompany a class taught by store owner Bob Elmiger.
The store, named after Elmiger's rescue dog, is also looking to hire a few employees knowledgeable in beer- and wine-making, Zenghi said.
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