Approval has been granted for a new liquor store at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
A lingering shadow of doubt was lifted in February, when the Clark County Commission voted in favor of the new venture, to be named the Liquor Library.
The store will occupy 1,350 square-feet in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1. The choice of location is presumably intended to target thirsty passengers coming off a long-haul flight. It’s estimated that the new enterprise will earn the airport between $300,000 and $400,000 per year.
Cheap duty-free booze has been a staple of international travel for decades. But if the McCarran plan goes ahead, this will be the first time that a liquor store has operated in an American airport without duty-free restrictions.
Approval for the project was originally granted to another retailer, Lee’s Runway Liquor, in 2010. But the owners defaulted on their agreement when they failed to begin construction at the end of the year, and the contract was cancelled.
The Liquor Library was then given the go-ahead. If all goes to plan, the store should be open for business by fall this year.