Tower East, a southeast Atlanta landmark since 1972, has been sold and is changing names. Now known as Citi Wine & Spirits, the popular neighborhood package store is also renovating both its interior and exterior.
According to permits on file with the City of Atlanta, about $34,000 will be spent on the store's renovation. Permits inicate that while signage only recently went up with the new name, the Citi Wine & Spirits name has been associated with the property since at least May.
The Yun family, who purchased Tower East, are also opening a second Citi Wine location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The two-story Sandy Springs location is currently under construction and will reportedly open in February.
"Tower Stores" were first opened by Irwin Greenbaum in 1948. Greenbaum opened Tower East in 1972 and subsequently sold the store to his stepson, Alan Smirin.
Tower Beer Wine & Spirits locations on Piedmont Road in midtown and on Buford Highway in Doraville remain owned by the Greenbaum family, run today by Michael Greenbaum, Irwin's son.
Georgia law currently prohibits any single owner from operating more than two retail businesses that sell hard liquor.
Maryland-based Total Wine & More, which recently opened its fourth location in metro Atlanta in Brookhaven, is trying to change that law. Total Wine hopes to get the existing limit raised from two stores to four.
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