Developer plans winery/brewery in Starkey

Gwen Chamberlain
Glenora Corners Grocery

The area’s newest corner grocery store is slated to open this weekend on Route 14 when customers get their first look at Glenora Corners Grocery.

Renovations have been underway at the convenience store for several months and a sign posted on the front door says it will be open for business on June 11.

As traffic picks up there through the summer, customers might notice the beginning of construction of a new 8500 sq. ft. wine and beer tasting facility just north of the grocery store.

The developer, BWF Holdings of Geneva, has applied for a financial incentive package  through the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center for the $3 million project that includes $1.5 million in new construction.

According to Ryan Hallings,  FLEDC’s vice president of community development, the company intends to employ 4.5 staff year round and seven seasonal employees, a number it projects will grow to 22 total employees within three years.

In addition, the construction of the new building, will generate between 10 and 15 construction jobs, according to information presented at a public hearing held in the Town of Starkey last month.

This project is the second major winery development in Starkey within the past year. The new business near the intersection of Route 14 and Dundee-Glenora Road will be a bit larger than the soon to open Magnus Ridge Winery, located a few miles south, near Rock Stream.

Plans on file at the Town of Starkey call for the new building to be constructed in an area that is now a stand of pine trees. Driveways to the building will be from State Route 14 and from the Dundee-Glenora Road.

Calls to a representative for BWF Holdings seeking more information about the winery and brewery business were not returned.

This drawing shows access to the new winery/brewery from Dundee-Glenora Road and from State Route 14.