The Delaware Daily Times reports that the long-vacant Levitz Furniture store in Claymont will be the new home of Tri-State Liquors.
Tri-State’s current location in Tri-State Mall will be razed to make room for a distribution center. The mall had been on a downslope for years. However, Tri-State continued to draw customers. Tri-State also offers adult beverage services for weddings.
The Levitz store near the mall was part of a now defunct chain of furniture warehouse stores. The building became an eyesore since no other retailers touched the space, despite Delaware’s lack of a sales tax. Claymont is seeing major changes with the razing of the steel mill site, which is slated for redeveloped.
A new railroad station for SEPTA passengers has been built along with new housing.
Family owned Tri-State and Claymont rival Total Wine & More account for a large chunk of Delaware’s alcoholic beverage sales. Pennsylvania customers are drawn to lower beverage taxes in Delaware and the size of the two stores. Liquor
Total Wine got its start at the Claymont store and has grown to 245 locations in more than two dozen states.
Total Wine has two stores in Delaware – the legal limit under state law.