Dickson Street Liquor expansion underway

Plans for an expanded Dickson Street Liquor hang on a construction barrier outside the store Tuesday afternoon.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

If you’ve been out and about in downtown Fayetteville recently, you might have noticed some construction action happening between Dickson Street Liquor and Dickson Theater.

“What’s going on there,” you might have thought to yourself. “Is Dickson Street Liquor expanding?”

Yes. The answer is yes.

Construction crews recently broke ground on a planned 2,600-square-foot, two-story expansion project adjacent to the current building at 241 W. Dickson Street.

Owner Bill Waite said that the first floor of the expansion will be an extension of the liquor store, and the top floor could be used as living space, special event space for wine/beer tastings and other events, or office space.

A closer look at the renderings

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

More importantly for Waite, the new expansion will make room for a lot more liquor, including expanded cooler space, a new “build your own six pack” service, and more.

“We will be able to more than double our beer selection,” he said. “We’ll also triple our wine selection, and with our additional cooler space, we’ll have one of the largest selections of cold wine in Northwest Arkansas.”

Waite said that keeping the character of the original building was one of the most important factors in the expansion process.

“I was told by a few people in this process that I’d be better off to raze the building and start over, but we couldn’t do that,” he said. “There’s just too much history.”

If everything goes according to plan, Waite said he hopes to have the expansion completed by late summer.

“We’re hoping to be ready to go by the Alabama game (Sept. 15),” he said.