Build it and they will come. That’s the idea behind the expansion of the Kennan Liquors store located at 37 Joliet Street (US 30) in Dyer from a mere liquor store to a retail destination for all of your liquor needs.

“The new Kennan Liquors will truly be a sight to see,” said Nick Georgiou, owner of G&K Development Construction Design. “With the impressive two-story entrance and the expansive new interior, this store will be a retail destination to experience first-hand,” he added.

But you must be a customer to have that experience because the entrance can’t be seen from US 30 (the new retail store front faces north).

“We are quickly nearing completion,” Georgiou reported. Substantial completion of the store, which began in August 2016, is expected by late May or the beginning of June.

The project, which includes relocation of the adjacent Smoke Shop, involved expanding the store by over 5,800 square feet. From zoning and permitting to engineering, design and construction, G&K is providing all of the services needed to bring this dream to life. The contractor also built the existing 6,200-square-foot building.

Many challenges were experienced in the construction of this store, including working in an operating environment (the store remained open throughout construction) and tight space constraints that required just-in-time scheduling.

“We also expanded the store’s previous storage area by 1,000 square feet and are doubling the parking capacity for the retailer,” Georgiou explained. “We worked closely with the owner and Town of Dyer to respect the residential area to the north of the store and match the brick to the original design in order to create an exterior look that fits the town.”

The result will be a liquor superstore with the look and feel of a destination resort. “The new space allows for expanded product offerings in a bright, elegant space with wider aisles and a more open concept,” Georgiou stated.

Headquartered just outside of Chicago, G&K Development, LLC is a company focused on commercial design and construction work in northwest Indiana, the Midwest and beyond. G&K provides services for the commercial marketplace including commercial design, design/build, construction management services, and general contracting for the light industrial, commercial, and modular lab markets. The company was established in May 2004 and brings together more than 70 years of experience with its two partners, Nick Georgiou and Steve Kelly. The company is registered with ISNetworld and is licensed, bonded and insured.