Auburn Spirits to expand at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA – Gary Oborny and Frank Sauerwein are expanding their Auburn Spirits liquor store in time for the busy holiday season.

The two opened the store in 2008 at Oborny’s Auburn Pointe shopping center at the southeast corner of 135th and Maple, which his Occidental Management manages.

Auburn Spirits currently is in 4,800 square feet and is adding an additional 1,600 square feet from where Java Salon used to be. The salon moved to Central and Maize earlier this year.

With the new space, Auburn Spirits will expand its selection of liquor, wine and beer.

“We’re really excited about having more craft beer options for customers,” says marketing manager Emilee Clark.

She says customers will now be able to assemble their own six packs.

“It’s the easy way to not commit to the entire six pack but just be able to try different things.”

Also, the extra square footage means the store will be able to double its storage space.

“Storage is huge in the liquor industry to be able to offer good deals,” Clark says.

For instance, she says if the store finds a good sale, it can stock up on a product if it has more storage and then be able to pass that onto more customers.

The store also is adding a large refrigeration system with the extra space.

“We’ll have a dedicated area to chilled wine,” Clark says.

That means customers who want chilled wine won’t have to go to the beer case any longer.

The wall between the liquor store and the former salon is coming down next week.

Sauerwein’s Sauerwein Construction is doing the expansion, which should be done by Nov. 15.