Shaw's has begun work to bring its aging Boylston Street Shaw's store into the 21st century with an extensive remodeling that it hopes will include one aisle devoted to the sort of liquor the increasingly discerning population of the Fenway demands, officials told the Boston Licensing Board today.
The board decides tomorrow whether to grant the Star Market a license to sell beer, wine and spirits in its rehabbed store, which will be rebuilt both inside and out.
Store attorney Joseph Hanley said that with the license, the store would dedicate 100 linear feet - or one aisle - to alcohol, as an accessory to its new gourmet and other food offerings. The store will not offer kegs or sell nips or single cans of beer, he said.
Hanley said there is "substantial public need" for both a renovated Star and liquor sales in a neighborhood that is growing by leaps and bounds with the addition of large numbers of new residential units on and near Boylston Street.
The owners of the nearby Landmark Center are planning a $500-million expansion that they hope will include a Wegmans, a New York chain that has sent some area residents into paroxysms of desire.