The Good Spirits Co.
Three former employees of the crisis-hit Oddbins wine and spirits chain are defying the odds by opening their own high-end spirits store in Glasgow.
The Good Spirits Co. have taken over premises at 23 Bath Street, which for many years housed the iconic 23rd Precinct Record Shop.
The three - Matthew McFadyen, 34, Shane Goodbody, 41 and Mark Connelly, 36 - saw the writing on the wall at Oddbins and got out before the chain crashed.
The trio say they have identified a gap in the market for quality spirits and aim to plug that gap with their new venture.
Mark Connelly, who also runs the online whisky forum whiskywhiskywhisky.com and is a partner in Glasgow's Whisky Festival, said: "Despite all the quality spirits that many of the bars in Glasgow serve, it is virtually impossible to buy them in a shop, and absolutely impossible in the supermarkets."
"We'll also be focusing on education with in-store tastings, classes and events. We may not be the biggest boys on the block, but I'd like to think we were of the highest quality."
Matthew McFadyen added: "From our time in Oddbins, and as fans of quality spirits, there was a frustration at the lack of outlets for quality products. With a growing demand for quality rum and bourbon especially, the venture is well-placed to supply the demands of a more discerning market by stocking and sourcing as wide a range of interesting spirits as we can."
The venture will take off on May 23rd and the full UK allocation of a Berry Brothers and Rudd's Own Selection Ledaig 2005 has been secured for this.
The store will also sell champagne, fortified wines and cigars in a specially designed walk-in humidor. Regular tasting events will run in the store as well as in a variety of bars and pubs around Glasgow.