Did you know the Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is in the process of expanding its liquor warehouse?
It’s true! During the 2021 and 2023 Montana Legislative Sessions, the department was fortunate to receive funding to start an expansion project.
The warehouse is located in Helena and is the hub where all liquor products are shipped before being sold throughout the state of Montana. More than 1 million cases of liquor are shipped from the warehouse each year to 95 privately owned agency liquor stores located throughout the state of Montana.
The current facility was built in the late 1970s, specifically for the department’s liquor operations. However, liquor sales have continuously increased each year, creating the need for additional space.
The department has been working with CWG Architecture for several months on the design and the project has been awarded to a contractor.
The expansion project will include a 30,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the current facility (depicted in the darker brown color in the picture).
The addition will be twice as tall as the current facility and equipped with an automated storage and retrieval system.
Pallets of liquor will be placed on a conveyor system. The automated storage and retrieval system will have two cranes that will take the pallets of liquor and automatically store and recall products as needed.
By using an automated storage and retrieval system it will allow the department to store a greater number of pallets of liquor than it could with other racking systems.
The project is estimated to be completed by April 2025.
Check back periodically for additional updates and progress.