Liquor King opens; plans to be southeastern Kentucky 'megastore'

Oct 31, 2012 Full story: The News Journal 27

Liquor King owner Bill Smith, above, said his 10,000 square foot store, located on Cumberland Falls Hwy.

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Sunshine

Corbin, KY

#1 Nov 1, 2012
Awesome !!!!
worker

Middlesboro, KY

#2 Nov 1, 2012
Went there yesterday and it is far from a megastore. The promises that it was going to be like Liquor Barn with party supplies was a lie, they had about 3 small aisles of party foods and decor. They had alot of liquor though but it was just like you can get anywhere else just more bottles available. Instead of having one row back to front of a brand or flavor they had three. It will take them a while to make any profit with that much inventory starting out.
jamsdabluez

Richmond, KY

#3 Nov 1, 2012
Hey worker. Ever think it may take awhile to build up a full inventory? Maybe that's why you're a worker and not management.
Ninevah

Williamsburg, KY

#4 Nov 1, 2012
Shame on anyone who would frequent that den of iniquity.
anonymous

Stanford, KY

#5 Nov 1, 2012
I've been to liquor King multiple times and i have to say it is a very nice store they have a great selcetion of beer, wine, and liquor. They also have more to come in liquor and party items.
preacher

Bellevue, WA

#6 Nov 1, 2012
anonymous wrote:
I've been to liquor King multiple times and i have to say it is a very nice store they have a great selcetion of beer, wine, and liquor. They also have more to come in liquor and party items.
drink of the devil
Tiger woods

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Nov 2, 2012
Real nice selection . I'll be back. The prices are good, and I'll tell all my friends. Thank you Bill.
VerySmart

Whitley City, KY

#8 Nov 2, 2012
They intend to put in a olive and cheese bar with lunch things there like the liquor barn or world in lex on man of war,, cool.
I know too

Middlesboro, KY

#9 Nov 2, 2012
I heard that one of their employees told that they were selling beer to people that stopped by to see if they were open,before their openeing day. She said they sold $1,200.00 worth in a day or so.
Wine Lover

Middlesboro, KY

#10 Nov 6, 2012
I am glad we have the choice to purchase wine and liquor in Corbin. I have to say though I will not be going back to this store. I think it is a nice store with alot of selections but, from what I could tell from the picture in the paper of the owner. When in the store over the weekend the owner doesnt seem friendly to the customers or the employees. Talking to the friendly wine guy, that discounts on cases of wine is not going to be given by the owners. Most of us have driven for years to Richmond and Lexington and always gotten great case discounts. I think they will only increase business for the Taylor's. I was excited about the foods and party goods. Well it seems there is a great start on the foods so far, but would like to see more Ky foods. Someone said that they will in the future. The party stuff was disappointing most of it was stuff you can get any where except for a few things. I was hoping for more to choose from that cant be found other places. I was hoping that this store was going to be really like Liquor Barn with wine tastings, again no such luck. Was told that the owners arent going to do wine tastings. This is a shame, once again someone from Corbin trying to do something big city and falls short. We would have been better off to have had a Liquor barn come to town. Maybe when the third liquor store opens it will be better but until then, I will be going back to Liquor Mart, at least they are friendly and bend over backwards to make customers happy. When ever they have been sold out of my brand and I have to choose another they offer a discount of a few dollars to keep me coming back. The Taylors also know by name their long time customers and make you feel welcome. Some times a mega store looses the opportunity to get to know the customer and employees.
Finally

Corbin, KY

#11 Nov 6, 2012
VerySmart wrote:
They intend to put in a olive and cheese bar with lunch things there like the liquor barn or world in lex on man of war,, cool.

At least you get it. It takes time to build a store up. The places in Lex or Richmond took years. Eh need not respond to these people. They are clueless most of their life. They get what they want and then are still not satisfied.
So Sad

Corbin, KY

#12 Nov 6, 2012
Wine Lover wrote:
I am glad we have the choice to purchase wine and liquor in Corbin. I have to say though I will not be going back to this store. I think it is a nice store with alot of selections but, from what I could tell from the picture in the paper of the owner. When in the store over the weekend the owner doesnt seem friendly to the customers or the employees. Talking to the friendly wine guy, that discounts on cases of wine is not going to be given by the owners. Most of us have driven for years to Richmond and Lexington and always gotten great case discounts. I think they will only increase business for the Taylor's. I was excited about the foods and party goods. Well it seems there is a great start on the foods so far, but would like to see more Ky foods. Someone said that they will in the future. The party stuff was disappointing most of it was stuff you can get any where except for a few things. I was hoping for more to choose from that cant be found other places. I was hoping that this store was going to be really like Liquor Barn with wine tastings, again no such luck. Was told that the owners arent going to do wine tastings. This is a shame, once again someone from Corbin trying to do something big city and falls short. We would have been better off to have had a Liquor barn come to town. Maybe when the third liquor store opens it will be better but until then, I will be going back to Liquor Mart, at least they are friendly and bend over backwards to make customers happy. When ever they have been sold out of my brand and I have to choose another they offer a discount of a few dollars to keep me coming back. The Taylors also know by name their long time customers and make you feel welcome. Some times a mega store looses the opportunity to get to know the customer and employees.
Funny comment, I guess it's who you are. As liquor mart was pretty horrible to me. In Liquor king they actually talked a-lot to me and kept asking me for help. They didn't bug me but I was in their a while feeling out the selection of wines as I'm pretty up on my wine knowledge. Nice place. But if you expect Corbin to be like Lexington on opening day. You have to be kidding me. If we support it, someday they can, but it's like everything else in America. People want change and can't wait a minute to see the change b-4 dumping on the people trying to make it happen. Change can only happen if we help it to happen. Especially if the change coming in has to overcome years of the other way of thinking or style of life. Especially Corbin which has been dry for what may have seemed a century. So pipe down throw your support their way so they can be what Corbin wants. No wonder Corbin can't get ahead we vote in change but won't let it happen. Oh yeah by the way you can hate me if you want. I'm okay with that. I know what I'm saying is true. Good luck with your backwoods thinking.
Now

Bowling Green, KY

#13 Nov 6, 2012
Wine Lover wrote:
I am glad we have the choice to purchase wine and liquor in Corbin. I have to say though I will not be going back to this store. I think it is a nice store with alot of selections but, from what I could tell from the picture in the paper of the owner. When in the store over the weekend the owner doesnt seem friendly to the customers or the employees. Talking to the friendly wine guy, that discounts on cases of wine is not going to be given by the owners. Most of us have driven for years to Richmond and Lexington and always gotten great case discounts. I think they will only increase business for the Taylor's. I was excited about the foods and party goods. Well it seems there is a great start on the foods so far, but would like to see more Ky foods. Someone said that they will in the future. The party stuff was disappointing most of it was stuff you can get any where except for a few things. I was hoping for more to choose from that cant be found other places. I was hoping that this store was going to be really like Liquor Barn with wine tastings, again no such luck. Was told that the owners arent going to do wine tastings. This is a shame, once again someone from Corbin trying to do something big city and falls short. We would have been better off to have had a Liquor barn come to town. Maybe when the third liquor store opens it will be better but until then, I will be going back to Liquor Mart, at least they are friendly and bend over backwards to make customers happy. When ever they have been sold out of my brand and I have to choose another they offer a discount of a few dollars to keep me coming back. The Taylors also know by name their long time customers and make you feel welcome. Some times a mega store looses the opportunity to get to know the customer and employees.
The ABC doesn't allow wine tastings by liquor stores in Corbin.
get a clue

Whitley City, KY

#14 Nov 10, 2012
Wine Lover wrote:
I am glad we have the choice to purchase wine and liquor in Corbin. I have to say though I will not be going back to this store. I think it is a nice store with alot of selections but, from what I could tell from the picture in the paper of the owner. When in the store over the weekend the owner doesnt seem friendly to the customers or the employees. Talking to the friendly wine guy, that discounts on cases of wine is not going to be given by the owners. Most of us have driven for years to Richmond and Lexington and always gotten great case discounts. I think they will only increase business for the Taylor's. I was excited about the foods and party goods. Well it seems there is a great start on the foods so far, but would like to see more Ky foods. Someone said that they will in the future. The party stuff was disappointing most of it was stuff you can get any where except for a few things. I was hoping for more to choose from that cant be found other places. I was hoping that this store was going to be really like Liquor Barn with wine tastings, again no such luck. Was told that the owners arent going to do wine tastings. This is a shame, once again someone from Corbin trying to do something big city and falls short. We would have been better off to have had a Liquor barn come to town. Maybe when the third liquor store opens it will be better but until then, I will be going back to Liquor Mart, at least they are friendly and bend over backwards to make customers happy. When ever they have been sold out of my brand and I have to choose another they offer a discount of a few dollars to keep me coming back. The Taylors also know by name their long time customers and make you feel welcome. Some times a mega store looses the opportunity to get to know the customer and employees.
Businesses don't run on discounts. You are obviously fishing for just such. I have been to both places and no one helped me at Liquor mart and the guy didn't even check my ID....ABC will get them for sure.
well

Middlesboro, KY

#15 Nov 10, 2012
I happen to think the store is extremely nice. extremely nice employees, great selection and good prices. I will be going back
I know too

Middlesboro, KY

#16 Nov 10, 2012
well wrote:
I happen to think the store is extremely nice. extremely nice employees, great selection and good prices. I will be going back
There is one girl that has a loud obnoxious mouth. She is heavy set with dark hair. Why wouldthey hire people like that?
Whooo Yeah

Corbin, KY

#17 Nov 26, 2012
I know too wrote:
<quoted text> There is one girl that has a loud obnoxious mouth. She is heavy set with dark hair. Why wouldthey hire people like that?
Cause it's a liquor store. I mean wouldn't everyone be too drunk or too be busy wanting to get drunk to notice?
Tom

United States

#18 Nov 27, 2012
Liquor Mart is KING! I'd drive across town to give the Taylor's my business. So glad there not messed up with Bruce Carpenter, but he might need a job soon.
Cleetus Van DAm

Middlesboro, KY

#19 Jan 2, 2013
Speaking from my position at the store, Wine Tastings will be something of the future, as of now that's something we are going to look into and probably do as a trial run.

I'll keep you updated. In the meantime are there any wines you'd have in mind to try?

I imagine I'll host a few Kentucky Wines Acres of Land, a few sweet reds such as Cupcake Red Velvet, some good Moscato and Riesling. Then, I'll have a few for the more discriminating drinker, probably my selection of Cabernet Sauvignon (Carnivor or Dreaming Tree), a good Chardonnay (Chateau St Jean), then maybe a wild card like Tempranillo or Carmenere.

This is all of course on a basis to change but I think that's a good start depending on the turn out of our first run.
chs

Gray, KY

#20 Jan 3, 2013
calling it mega store is funny

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