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Lueken’s Liquors transforming old Tarpon bowling alley

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Another vacant property along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs is about to enjoy a renaissance.

Lueken’s Liquors is renovating the former site of Tarpon Lanes, at 41522 U.S. 19 N., and is expecting to begin serving customers soon.

“Right now we’re looking at the end of September to open,” said Chris Harrington, a manager of online and shipping sales with the Dunedin-based company.

Motorists on U.S. 19 can notice the near-daily progress being made at the 22,000-square-foot location, including a new sign that went up last week.

According to a search on the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office website, the building was originally built in 1959. It sits directly west of Astro Skate and Family Fun Center, and can be directly accessed off of Cypress Street.

The Tarpon Springs store will be Lueken’s Liquors fourth, all in Pinellas County. It will also represent its farthest reach north, with the others in Clearwater, Dunedin and Oldsmar.

Lueken’s carries a wide variety of products, touting its fine wines and craft beers, and is one of the area’s largest distributor.

The Tarpon Springs property’s renovation is the latest in a number of improvements and reopenings along the city’s U.S. 19 corridor. A refurbished strip mall on the east side of the heavily trafficked highway is nearing capacity, boasting national storefronts such as Allstate and Jimmy John’s.

Multiple projects south of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive traffic signal are also in various stages of completion. A Dunkin’ Donuts is soon to come, as well as the large, 57,000-square-foot Reload Gun Range at the former site of a dilapidated hotel. The old building has now been completely razed and cleared.

With Lueken’s grand opening fast approaching, the new Tarpon Springs store is still looking to hire new employees. A post on Lueken’s Facebook page expresses the need for a beer manager. “We are hoping to hire someone that has some draft experience,” the Monday post states. It advises interested individuals to submit resumes at the Dunedin store, at 944 Patricia Ave.

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