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Lights out at the ‘Big L’

I just noticed the Spirit Bottle Shoppe at 5801 Grand Ave. in West Duluth is closed and the building is for sale. I will miss the big red light and friendly service.

(Tiny photo at left circa 2004, by Barrett Chase.)

11 Comments

Beverly

about 8 years ago

I've always thought that sign was more about the q.

Rickjf

about 8 years ago

I too will miss the "Big L." Always a great Place. I'm sure the new Super One Liquors put a few nails in the coffin. Sadly, Wild West may be next.  I hope the the Big L sign never comes off the building.  As a child who grew up just up the street from this place I remember the tittle above the letter "i" used to blink.

spy1

about 8 years ago

That neon would look good on the set of the Paul Lundgren Show.

udarnik

about 8 years ago

I, too, was a fan of the q.

c-freak

about 8 years ago

They delivered!

annied

about 8 years ago

This actually makes me way more sad than the Blatnik bridge going dark. Maybe MNdot could chip in for the big L too?

Chris

about 8 years ago

I live only two blocks away, so it's kind of a bummer to see it close.  I used to make an attempt to spread my business around the West Duluth liquor stores.  As opposed to trying to save a buck in Superior or up at Cash Wise.  But the Big L dropped in the rotation after getting lukewarm beer a few times in a row. No amount of buy local good cheer is going to convince me to enjoy beer at European temps.

consuelo

about 8 years ago

That is a lovely sign! It really flaunts some style.

Paul Lundgren

about 7 years ago

The mighty "liquor" sign was removed recently and is apparently being stored in a pole barn.



It brings a tear to my eye.

Tom

about 7 years ago

West Duluth has changed so much over the past five or so years. Arby's came in and replaced Hardee's. All those buildings and houses were torn down by Denfeld and two big additions were built. Across the street, NAPA and CVS moved into new buildings. KFC was torn down and rebuilt. Super One took over the liquor store on Central. Plenty of businesses have changed in the mall by Kmart. Laura MacArthur was ripped down and rebuilt across the street. And now the Big L sign coming down. (And I'm sure this isn't a complete list.)

I hope they do something with the liquor store building. The bakery place next door is closed, that old market on the corner has been an eyesore for a long time, and it's been years since they ripped the front off of that church across 59th and left it sitting there. That area is starting to look really divey.

Paul Lundgren

about 7 years ago

Well, that was fast. The place is already painted and well on the way to selling nutritional protein shakes and juices.

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