Business has been chugging along so well for Suzie and Todd Ford that they need more space to help quench their customers’ thirst for their products.
The husband and wife entrepreneurs are sprucing up the old Fleischmann’s Vinegar and Speas Vinegar Co. building at 2921 N. Tryon St. to serve as their second NoDa Brewing Co. brewery and tap room. The building is 32,000 square feet, which is almost three times the size of their existing location at 2229 N. Davidson St.
The Fords will keep their existing facility open as a specialty shop from Wednesdays to Sundays, and they will also use it for events after the new location is completed. The new tap room’s capacity will be 244 customers compared with 99 in the existing one, and it will be just blocks away from future rail Lynx Blue Line stations.
NoDa Brewing’s new building is scheduled to open Oct. 1. The Fords started the business about four years ago.
“We are planning on growing and expanding. We have a lot of room to expand,” said Suzie Ford.
The renovation will cost almost $8 million, and NoDa Brewing is keeping costs down by recycling the wood inside for use as bar tops and tables, she said. The Fords also bought some chairs from the Bojangles’ Coliseum that the city was selling after removing them during that building’s renovation. And the tap room will use church pews for its booths.
The new NoDa Brewing location is owned by Harris Development Group LLC, and the Fords have a five-year lease with two five-year options to extend it.
Doerre Construction Co. LLC in Charlotte is the contractor, and the project was designed by Overcash Demmitt Architects, whose office is down the road from the new brewery on South Tryon Street.
NoDa Brewing’s new building includes a massive production area with six 7,440-gallon tanks; the tap room next to an outdoor patio area; and a line capable of packaging 141 cans of beer a minute, compared with 32 on its existing line. The company will be able to brew 60 barrels a day compared with 15 at their North Davidson Street location.
Production will be more automated and efficient in the renovated building, meaning Noda Brewing won’t have to make beer from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., like the company is doing now, Suzie Ford said.
“We will actually be able to relax,” she said.
NoDa Brewing plans to use its added production capacity to expand sales into more grocery stores, Ford said. The company is already in five Harris Teeters, one Publix, and some specialty stores, and in drinking establishments and restaurants in the area.
In addition to serving up award-winning beers, NoDa Brewing plans on attracting customers by showing movies by the patio. There will also be outdoor power outlets for food trucks to plug into.
To help keep what Ford described as “an industrial feel,” a lot of bricks from the building have been repurposed to be used for the patio.
“The cool thing about this location is we will have two bars,” Ford said. One bar will be for the tap room and the other one will have a service window to the patio.
Project description: NoDa Brewing Co. is renovating the old Fleischmann’s Vinegar and Speas Vinegar Co. building to expand its business and production capacity.
Address: 2921 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
Cost: Almost $8 million
Contractor: Doerre Construction Co. LLC
Size: 32,000 square feet.
Renovation started: April
Anticipated completion: October